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Cynthia Robinson RIP, Jon Pratt, Destroyer, John Grant, Mynabirds, Puppies   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, November 25, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

JON PRATT: Pate's frontman gets a bit jazzy on "Stay," with lyrics from the poem "Hinterhof," by James Fenton.

DESTROYER stopped by WFUV Live for a chat and mini-set.

JOHN GRANT stopped by WFUV Live for a chat and mini-set.

THE MYNABIRDS: Laura Burhenn performed live for WNYC Soundcheck.

YOUTH LAGOON played a Tiny Desk Concert.

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN shares the previously unreleased "Party Lights" ahead of  The Ties That Bind: The River Collection.

THE ARCS vs THE INVENTORS dropped "Young," co-written by the Silver Jews’ David Berman, ahead of Record Storre Day's Black Friday.

CYNTHIA ROBINSON, trailblazing trumpeter and "hype woman" for Sly & the Family Stone, has passed away at age 69 after a battle with cancer.  The Root collects recollections of her career from interviews. Enjoy her work with Sly & Co. Live at the Harlem Cultural Festival, circa June 29, 1969.

DAVID BOWIE: The Backstory of Blackstar.

YO LA TENGO's Ira Kaplan guested on Marc Maron's WTF Podcast. (NSFW, if the "WTF" wasn't a giveaway)

SAVAGES drummer Fay Milton talks to DIY about road-testing the band's new material in NYC.

CHRIS WALLA talks to Drowned In Sound about life after Death Cab.

NOW SHOWING: The holiday weekend's wide releases include Pixar's The Good Dinosaur, which is currently scoring 86 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; Creed, currently scoring 95 percent; and Victor Frankenstein, scoring 20 percent.

JENNIFER LAWRENCE is Entertainment Weekly's Entertainer of the Year.

ADELE broke the single-week U.S. album sales record, according to Nielsen Music.

TOM CRUISE may star in...The Mummy?

GWEN STEFANI found an odd way to proclaim her love for Blake Shelton.

GWYNETH PALTROW & CHRIS MARTIN consciously re-coupled for a pre-Thanksgiving meal in New York. Nice for the kids.

IS THE "FAVOR MOVIE" provided to superstars falling out of favor in Hollywood?

CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR has a trailer online.

THE ISLAMIC STATE's recent attacks in Paris and Beirut and the downing of a Russian airliner in Egypt were the first results of a centrally planned terrorism campaign by a wing of the Islamic State leadership that oversees "external" targets, according to American and European intelligence officials. Meanwhile, an Austrian teenager who became a poster girl for the Islamic State has reportedly been beaten to death by the group after she was caught trying to leave Syria.

TURKEY shot down a Russian fighter jet near the Syrian border (and nowhere near ISIS targets); the US and France urged a de-escalation of tensions.

IRAN: Four months after a historic accord with Tehran to limit its atomic ambitions, American officials and private security groups say they see a surge in sophisticated computer espionage by Iran, culminating in a series of cyberattacks against State Department officials over the past month.


MUTANT MOSQUITOS can help kill off malaria instead of spreading it.

MILLIONS OF SPIDERS invade a Memphis neighborhood.

TWO OLD CIRCUS ELEPHANTS are retiring to a sanctuary in India.

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Mercury Rev, Low, Nathaniel Rateliff, Wild Reeds, ELO, Rollerdog   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, November 24, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


SPIRES drops a trippy video for the psychedelic "In Between."

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

LOW stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.


THE WILD REEDS played a Tiny Desk Concert.

MOVING MOUNTAINS & PRAWN advance stream a split EP.

JEFF LYNNE's ELO played "Mr. Blue Sky" and "When I Was A Boy" for Fallon. And Twofer Tuesday.

ADELE, posing as an Adele impersonator.

JOANNA NEWSOM talks to SPIN about her creative process, the influences she draws from, and how her technique has deepened over the years.

SAINTSENECA: Zac Little talks to London In Stereo about songwriting and the poppier motif of Such Things.

THE TOP 10 BEACH HOUSE SONGS, according to Paste.

CHARLIE SHEEN is selling the Beverly Hills house that he bought for ex-wife Brooke Mueller and any money from that sale will go directly to his children.

JAY CUTLER & KRISTIN CAVALLARI welcome a third child, a baby girl named Saylor James.

GAVIN ROSSDALE spoke out for the first time since rumors surfaced thta he cheated on Gwen Stefani. Guess what he didn't talk about.

GEORGE LUCAS admits he would have mucked up any future Star Wars films.

LEGENDS OF TOMORROW has a trailer online.

THE HUNT FOR RED NOVEMBER: French patrol planes scoured the seas off Scotland for a Russian submarine after Britain was forced to call on allies for help because it has scrapped its own sub-hunting aircraft.

THE ISLAMIC STATE: The New Yorker collects reports from Raqqa, the de facto capital of the so-called Caliphate.

SYRIA: Recent attacks with chlorine and mustard gas on the battlefield show that the use of chemical weapons in the civil war is becoming routine, a U.S. official said on Monday.

DAISY THE DOG has a disability, but rollerblades.

A POINTER MIX recovers after he was impaled by a stick during a hike with his owners.

DINING OUT WITH YOUR DOG gets easier in Atlanta.

A COLORADO CAT goes sledding.

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Foo Fighters, Ty Segall, Mac McCaughan, Self-Defense Family, Dog Portrait   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, November 23, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


CHVRCHES dropped a video for "Empty Threat."

FOO FIGHTERS offer their St. Cecilia to stream and download.

TY SEGALL advance streams TY REX, a collection of T-Rex covers.

MAC McCAUGHAN is streaming an instrumental version of his solo LP Non-Believers, which he's calling Staring At Your Hologram.

SELF-DEFENSE FAMILY advance streams their When The Barn Caves In EP.

TIM FITE is streaming Resist.

LEON BRIDGES drops "So Long" from the Concussion soundtrack.

IKE & TINA TURNER: "River Deep, Mountain High," live and de-Spectorized.

EAGLES OF DEATH METAL are talking to VICE about the Paris attacks.

HOW PAUL McCARTNEY Learned to Talk About John Lennon.

THE POGUES: Shane MacGowan's dental work is the subject of an upcoming documentary.

MAVIS STAPLES talked to Garden and Gun magazine about her career.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 topped the chart with 101MM, which is a series low, but nothing to sneeze at. The Hunger Games and The Avengers are the only two franchises to have all of their parts open above 100MM.  Spectre places with 14.6MM, dropping 57 percent in the face of Katniss & Co.; 007 has already earned 600MM worldwide and thus should have no problem, even with its 240-250MM production budget.  The Peanuts Movie shows with 12.8MM on a 47 percent drop, and is going to need worldwide receipts to profit in theatres, esp given that Pixar's The Good Dinosaur arrives next weekend.  The Night Before debuts in the fourth slot with 10.1MM, suggesting it should have been released last weekend or next weekend, instead of as counter-programming to The Hunger GamesThe Secret in Their Eyes rounds out the Top Five with 6.6MM, which looks like a disappointment, though the 20MM production cost suggests not a big disappointment, if the cast brings in some overseas receipts.

SOFIA VERGARA & JOE MANGANIELLO tied the knot Sunday during a romantic wedding at The Breakers Resort in Palm Beach, Florida.

ANGELINA JOLIE PITT loves menopause.

ADELE claims that her success is due in part to...Sarah Palin?

JUSTIN BIEBER & SELENA GOMEZ may be together again.

MARK HAMILL faces a financial penalty if he discloses apoilers for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

SAUDI ARABIA has executed at least 175 people in the past year, at a rate of one every two days, according to a report by Amnesty International.

THE ISLAMIC STATE: Were US intelligence assessments changed to suggest air campaign vs ISIS was going better than it was?

MALI: At least 27 people were reported dead on Friday after Malian commandos stormed a luxury hotel in the capital Bamako with at least 170 people inside, many of them foreigners, that had been seized by Islamist gunmen.

FRANCE: During the Paris attacks, a police commissioner and his driver sped to the Bataclan concert hall and charged inside, shooting one of the gunmen before the attacker had a chance to use his high-powered rifle. Then they retreated so that special-operations teams could assemble.

BELGIAN police made 16 arrests in anti-terror raids but suspected Paris attacks gunman Salah Abdeslam remains at large, the authorities have said.

THIS DOG will smile for the camera.

DOGS may be DNA tested at a Florida condo community.

A RED PANDA escaped from and was recaptured by a Northern California zoo.

A RAT took a selfie on the NYC subway.

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Paisley Underground, Kississippi, Squeeze, FFS, Shawn Colvin, Ducklings   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, November 20, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with THE PAISLEY UNDERGROUND!  A two-part (Part 1, Part 2) feature from the Old Grey Whistle Test on L.A.'s psychedelic-flavored, West Coast scene in the mid-80s. Bands featured include the Long Ryders, Prime Movers, Thin White Rope, Pontiac Brothers and the Rain Parade with a 6 minute live version of No Easy Way Down. The Long Ryders get short shrift so I'll add in their later OGWT appearance to play "Looking For Lewis & Clark." The term "Paisley Underground" is believed to have been jokingly coined by Michael Quercio of the band The Three O'Clock, so I'll toss in the clip for "Her Head's Revolving" as a bonus. Other bands associated with the scene not featured include Green On Red -- sometimes likened to The Doors for songs like "Two Lovers" and "Change" -- and The Bangs, a/k/a The Bangles, with an early track, "The Real World." DOUBLE BONUS:  The Guardian Music Blog has a link-rich piece on the Rain Parade and other Paisley Underground bands.

KISSISSIPPI advance streams their We Have No Future, We're All Doomed EP.

SQUEEZE stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

FFS played the Edinburgh Festival Theatre.

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

DAVID BOWIE dropped a video for the ten-minute title track for "Blackstar."

BLITZEN TRAPPER's talks to PopMatters about his love for The Replacements, among other things.

JOSH RITTER is interviewed by American Songwriter.

SHIRLEY BASSEY has said that modern women are not empowered and claimed that she does not believe female staff should be hired to carry out traditionally male jobs.

FIFTY ALBUMS from 1985 That Still Sound Great.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases are The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2, currently scoring 72 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; The Night Before, currently scoring 65 percent; and Secret In Their Eyes, scoring 28 percent.

CHARLIE SHEEN will be writing his memoirs. If his letter evealing his HIV diagnosis is any indicator, he will need a team of editors. Or a ghost writer.

ADELE will not be streaming her new album, because she has many fans and she can get them to buy it.

JARED FOGLE: The former Subway spokesman was sentenced to 188 months (more than 15 years) in prison Thursday. 

AMY SCHUMER tried the "Don't you know who I am?" thing at a NYC gym.

KATE BECKINSALE & LEN WISEMAN may be in marital trouble.

THE HOBBIT: Peter Jackson admitted he started shooting the saga without adequate preparation.

STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS has a new TV spot featuring John Boyega's character, a First Order stormtrooper called Finn.

THE ISLAMIC STATE is aggressively pursuing development of chemical weapons, setting up a branch dedicated to research and experiments with the help of scientists from Iraq, Syria and elsewhere in the region, according to Iraqi and U.S. intelligence officials.

TURKEY: Fans at a soccer match with Greece  booed, hissed and chanted phrases such as "Allahu akbar" during a moment of silence for the Paris terror attacks. Where is Aaron Rodgers when you need him?

SYRIA: The Obama administration and European and Arab allies are seeking to peel Russia away from its alliance with Iran, a partnership that has bolstered Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, said senior diplomats involved in efforts to end Syria’s lengthy conflict. In October, Putin told leaders of Saudi Arabia and the U.A.E.that Russia would seek to diminish Iran’s role inside Syria as part of the campaign.

5000 DUCKLINGS storm their first pond.

PIGEONS are good at reading biopsies and mammograms.

A DEAD DEER was hung from a Florida high school flagpole.

A LARGE, ANGRY GOLDFISH scares the cats.

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Jens Lekman, Black Moth Super Rainbow, Miya Folick, All Songs, Cats vs Cukes   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, November 19, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


IRON & WINE covers GWAR's "Sick of You."

JENS LEKMAN streams Ghostwriting.


MIYA FOLICK advance streams her Strange Darling EP.

KINGSLEY FLOOD advance streams The Good Fight EP.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED features music for healing.

THE JESUS & MARY CHAIN: Psychocandy was released 30 years ago this week, so how about "Just Like Honey"?

EAGLES OF DEATH METAL issued a statement regarding the Paris terror attacks, which included an assault on their concert at the Bataclan.

CARLY SIMON confirmed that at least part of "You're So Vain" is about him.

SAVAGES talk to Billboard about the death of Rock and Roll.

BILLY GIBBONS (ZZ Top) talks to The Guardian about his first solo LP, which he's comfy calling “Hispanic-bionic boogie.”

CHARLIE SHEEN apparently did not inform his girlfriend, former adult film actress Bree Olson, of his HIV diagnosis.

DAVID BECKHAM was named People magazine's Sexiest Man Alive.

JENNIFER LAWRENCE felt guilty about her first sex scene.

ANGELINA JOLIE PITT looks forward to growing old with Brad.

ADELE denies turning down Beyoncé.

PIERCE BROSNAN critiques Spectre.

BAYWATCH: The movie reboot adds to its cast.

THE HUNTSMAN: WINTER'S WAR has a trailer online. Big names for what seems on the surface to be a bad idea.

THE ISLAMIC STATE released a propaganda video Wednesday that makes threats against New York.

FRANCE: Police unleashed 5000 rounds during a raid on a terror cell, capturing eight and with two fatalities, but authorities would not say Abdelhamid Abaaoud, a Belgian suspected of organizing last week’s deadly Paris attacks, was killed. The Washington Post reported he was killed, along with a female suicide bomber, who killed herself. Police sources said the raid was well-timed because the suspects were "about to move on some kind of operation."

HONDURAS detained five Syrian nationals who were trying to reach the United States using stolen Greek passports, but there are no signs of any links to last week's attacks in Paris, police said.

GERMANY: The jihadist attacks in Paris may be part of a wider series of strikes the Islamic State group plans in Europe, Germany's interior minister warned Wednesday.

CATS vs CUCUMBERS: These videos are critiqued by animal rights activists.

DIESEL, a decorated police dog, was among those killed in the French police raid on a suspected terror cell in Saint-Denis.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that the giant Delmarva fox squirrel (Sciurus niger cinereus) has recovered and will no longer need the protection of the Endangered Species Act.

SNAKE WINE: In Southeast Asia, reptile-infused liquor reaches a whole new scream-inducing level.

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