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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


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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Alex Bleeker & the Freaks, Beach House, Andra Day, All Songs, Sharks   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, October 14, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


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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Craig Finn, FFS, Woozy, Neon Indian, Whales   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, October 13, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


RICHARD HAWLEY dropped a video for "I Still Want You."

CRAIG FINN performed songs from his new solo record Faith In The Future live on KEXP’s Midday Show.

FFS, the Franz Ferdinand/Sparks hybrid rolls a couple of live tracks when the Mael bros talk to WFUV.

WOOZY advance streams their debut, Blistered.

NEON INDIAN advance streams VEGA INTL. Night School.

MARTIN COURTNEY of Real Estate drops "Airport Bar" ahead of his solo LP, Many Moons.

MARK KOZELEK covers the traditional Appalachian murder ballad “Down In The Willow Garden" twice on an EP of the same name.

MIKE PACE & THE CHILD ACTORS have a new single out.

X stopped by 30 Rock to play "Hot House" and "Breathless," lo these many moons ago.

GRAHAM PARKER gives The Quietus the 13 albums that have had the biggest impact on him as a musician.

DEERHUNTER frontman Bradford Cox shares blunt talk with The Observer.

LOW's Alan Sparhawk told Drowned In Sound the band is still figuring out how to communicate with each other, and us, and higher powers. And, also, he thinks Beyoncé is quite good. (Thx, Frank Yang.)

LUNA: Dean Wareham does a quick hit with amNY about the reunion tour.

JOHNNY DEPP doesn't want an Oscar; it's an honor enough to be nominated.

CHARLIE SHEEN was headlocked and thrown out of a bar. Alcohol may have been a factor.

RHIANNA was interviewed by filmmaker Miranda July for the New York Times magazine about what turns her on, how she handles the pressure of public scrutiny and why she's been Googling childbirth.

AMANDA BYRNES is going back to fashion school.

FANTASY ISLAND may be rebooted until it's barely recognizable.

STAR WARS is not being Disney-fied, insists Episode VII director J.J. Abrams.

GERMANY: More than a million refugees will come to Germany this year, Chancellor Angela Merkel's deputy said on Sunday, as a poll showed almost half of Germans believe she is handling the influx of asylum seekers badly.

RUSSIAN air strikes in Syria could cause a new refugee crisis as Syrians in rebel-held parts of the country flee to avoid a return to living under Bashar al-Assad's regime, the Turkish prime minister has said. Putin's overture to opponents of Russia's bombing campaign in Syria was snubbed on Monday, with Saudi sources saying they had warned the Kremlin leader of dangerous consequences and Europe issuing its strongest criticism yet.

IRAN: While all eyes are on Vladimir Putin’s machinations in Syria, deploying Russian fighters and troops, a potentially more dangerous Moscow effort in Iran is picking up steam.

WHALES play under the Northern Lights.

MOUNTAIN GOATS are being culled en masse in France.

THE BUZZING DEAD: Tiny flies create zombie honeybees.

WHOOO ARE YOUUUU? A giant green caterpillar was found in the back garden of a family in Alabama.

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Steve Mackay & Carey Lander RIP, Patrick Stckles, Kurt Vile, Pizza Rat 2   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, October 12, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


STEVE MACKAY, the saxophonist who appeared on the Stooges' 1970 LP Fun House and a longtime touring member of the group following the Stooges' reunion in 2003 (Here he is playing behid Iggy on "Fun House"), died recently following a month-long fight with sepsis. Mackay was 66.

PATRICK STICKLES of Titus Andronicus stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

KURT VILE stopped by WFUV's Studio A for a chat and mini-set.

ALBERT HAMMOND JR performs in the WNYC Soundcheck studio.

SILVERSUN PICKUPS stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

CAMERA OBSCURA keyboardist Carey Lander passed away after battling osteosarcoma, an aggressive form of bone cancer, since 2011. She was 33. In her honor, let's revisit 2009's "The Sweetest Thing."

LUNA: Dean Wareham talks to the Village Voice about putting the band back together. (Thx, Frank Yang.)

THE ZOMBIES: Rod Argent talks to the Village Voice about his influences, NYC in the Sixties, and touring Odessey and Oracle in its entirety.

ST VINCENT: Annie Clark waitressed this past weekend at a Dallas taqueria owned by her brother and sister-in-law.

THE TEN VIDEOS with more than a billion Tube views. "Do you already despair for the future of humanity? Then stop reading now."

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: The Martian repeats at the top of the chart with 37MM, on the strength of people like me, who took my brother and sister-in-law to se it. The Ridley Scott flick dropped only 32 percent, which is leggy, tho not as leggy as Gravity's 23 percent sophomore frame. Hotel Transylvania 2 places  again with 20.3MM on a 39 percent drop, clearly benefitting from the Halloween season and a lack of family film competition until next month's Peanuts film. The debut of Pan shows with 15.5MM which means it would need Neverland-level grosses abroad to make money on a 150MM budget. The Intern takes the fourth slot with 8.7MM on a leggy 26 percent drop.  Sicario rounds out the Top Five with 7.4MM on a 40 percent drop, which is OK, tho in hindsight this release maight have been a bit early to retain buzz during awards season.

KANYE WEST got political advice from President Obama.

JENNIFER LAWRENCE gave AZIZ ANSARI a piggyback ride leaving the SNL afterparty.

BOBBI KRISTINA BROWN died due to “injection of a toxic mixture” by Nick Gordon, according to a new legal document filed by Brown's court-appointed conservator Bedelia Hargrove.

JOHN GOODMAN has dropped a lot of weight.

RANDY QUAID was taken into custody Friday night while trying to cross into the United States from Canada, Vermont State Police said.

PIPPA MIDDLETON, the sporty sister of Princess Kate, has split from Nico Jackson, her boyfriend of three years.

MARVEL STUDIOS may drop The Inhumans movie in its schedule reshuffle. OTOH, the next two Avengers movies have a combined budget of one billion dollars.

COLUMBUS DAY:  I get it as a holiday, so I thought a few words might be in order. Over the course of my life, I have seen the image of Columbus swing from unvarnished hero to genocidal criminal, and the subject of many misconceptions.  Columbus was certainly no sweetheart, but at the end of the 15th Century, it is fair to say that Europeans often did not treat each other all that well. Moreover, before the furriners showed up, Native North and South Americans engaged in tribal massacre, infanticide, scalping, human sacrifice, and the ritual skinning of slaves for their priests to wear. It was a far less civilized time all 'round. But the West is civilized today in part because of Columbus. Some four centuries-plus later, we all are still struggling to become more civilized, but focusing criticism o­n the more-civilized while giving the less-civilized a pass is not particularly useful to that struggle.

TURKEY: At least 95 people were killed in twin explosions Saturday outside the main train station in the Turkish capital Ankara where protesters were gathering for a peace march, the government said.

SYRIA's key opposition National Coalition said Sunday it would boycott talks proposed by UN peace envoy Staffan de Mistura over concerns about his plan and Russia's air strikes in the country. Russia said on Saturday it had stepped up its bombing campaign against Islamic State militants in Syria, while local observers said several of the air strikes had hit areas in western Syria where the hardline group has little presence. Meanwhile, for the first time since 2007, the U.S. Navy has no aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf.  A week into Russia's military intervention in Syria, some top White House advisers and National Security Council staffers are trying to persuade President Barack Obama to scale back U.S. engagement there, to focus on lessening the violence and, for now, to give up on toppling the Syrian regime.

IRAN tested a new guided long-range ballistic missile on Sunday, hours before Parliament, in a rowdy session, approved the generalities of the nuclear agreement reached in July between Iran and world powers, the state news agency IRNA reported. The missile launch may have violated the terms of the agreement, reached in Vienna with six world powers. Shocka.

AFGHANISTAN: The Taliban insurgency has spread through more of the country than at any point since 2001, according to data compiled by the United Nations as well as interviews with numerous local officials in areas under threat.

IRAQ: Eight senior figures from the Islamic State were killed in an air strike while meeting in a town in western Iraq, but the group's reclusive leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi did not appear to be among them, residents of the town and hospital sources said.

PIZZA RAT 2: Electric Boogaloo.

BLACK BEARS can now be hunted in Florida for the first time in 21 years.

HOW THE GIRAFFE got its neck.

A DOG saves KITTENS in a Doritos box.

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Go-Gos, Josh Ritter, Donovan, Mantles, Son Little, March Violets, Whales   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, October 09, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with THE GO-GOs!  They made history as the first all-female band that both wrote their own songs and played their own instruments to top the Billboard album charts. Kind of a hard band to place seasonally. Their debut, Beauty and the Beat, which yielded hits like "Our Lips Are Sealed" and "We Got the Beat," as well as great album cuts like "This Town," "Lust to Love," "Tonite" and "How Much More," came out in late Summer 1981, iirc, and "Lips" was climbing the charts that Fall, so I mentally place the band in this time of year. And it's still warm enough that the title track to the too-quick sophomore album, "Vacation," -- or their cover of the Capitols' "Cool Jerk" -- doesn't sound too out of place. "Get Up and Go" was also a single from that LP, but it didn't make the Top 40.  The band would chart twice more -- in 1984, with "Head Over Heels" and "Turn to You" -- before splitting and the near-inevitable reunion tours.

JOSH RITTER advance streams Sermon on the Rocks.

DONOVAN: NPR advance streams Gazing With Tranquility, a tribute LP featuring  Sharon Van Etten, the Flaming Lips, Chris Mars, Hamilton Leithauser and more.

THE MANTLES davnace stream All Odds End.

SON LITTLE advance streams a self-titled LP

CHRIS WALLA advance streams Tape Loops.

THE MARCH VIOLETS stream Made Glorious. Released in 2014, but they're finally touring.

OF MONTREAL backed actor Paul Rudd and actor-director David Wain on Boston's classic "More Than A Feeling." As summer truly sinks to the horizon.

TOM PETTY reveals a 90s heroin addiction in a forthcoming biography written by Warren Zanes (of the Del Fuegos and the Rock Hall of Fame, iirc). Obligatory: I saw the Del Fuegos open for TP.

THE ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME nominees are announced. Rooting for Cheap Trick, the Cars,Los Lobos, the Smiths, and Steve Miller of course.

FATHER JOHN MISTY discusses the whole Taylor Swift-Ryan-Adams-Lou Reed controversy.

THE 100 BEST SONGS of the 1990s, according to NME.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases are Pan, the prequel currently scoring 29 percent on the ol' Tomatometer, and The Walk, which expands wide scoring 87 percent.

TOM CRUISE is relocating to Florida: “He thinks all the people in Hollywood are fake.”

BILL COSBY lost his bid to stop another civil lawsuit against him from going forward, but his deposition in the case will be sealed at least until December.

MARVEL STUDIOS adds Ant-Man and the Wasp, and three mystery movies, to Phase 3 of its schedule.

KATE HUDSON & NICK JONAS were just a fling, allegedly.

ST VINCENT & CARA DELEVIGNE flaunted their matching diamond bands from the front row of Chanel's Parisian show.

RUSSIA's air campaign in Syria is not only supporting Assad, it's giving cover to fighters from the so-called Islamic State. Senior U.S. lawmakers have begun probing possible intelligence lapses over Moscow’s intervention in Syria, concerned that American spy agencies were slow to grasp the scope and intention of Russia’s dramatic military offensive there. A number of cruise missiles launched from a Russian ship and aimed at targets in Syria have crashed in Iran, two U.S. officials told CNN.

TWO WHALES, One Paddleboarder.

AN 8-FT KING COBRA missing for more than a month was found under a dryer in a garage not far from its reality TV star owner's home near Orlando.

A TARANTULA was spotted crossing the road in Ottawa, Canada.

OLIVER the PARROT enjoys his owner's hair dryer.

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