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Veruca Salt, Anderson East, Wilco, Conor Oberst, Hamsters   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, July 06, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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BEN FOLDS premiered "Phone in the Pool" at Bonnaroo. Language warning.

VERUCA SALT advance streams Ghost Notes.

ANDERSON EAST advance streams Delilah.

WILCO performed an all-acoustic set at the Solid Sound fest.

CONOR OBERST played Rock The Garden 2015.

JONATHAN RICHMAN once played a slightly laid-back "Roadrunner" at Joey Ramone's birthday party.

TAME IMPALA's Kevin Parker explains to The Guardian why the band's new album channels the Bee Gees and Goan beach raves.

ST VINCENT: Annie Clark made a mixtape for an 11-year-old girl.

NEIL YOUNG's 12 Least Essential Albums.

OVERLOOKED RECORDS of 2015 (So Far), according to Pitchfork.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Jurassic World continued to dominate the chart with 30.9MM, edging out by a nose Pixar's Inside Out, which took in 30.1MM.  The latter will have to battle Minions next weekend.  Terminator: Genisys showed with 28.7MM, and 44.2MM since its Wednesday debut; even with 2x as much overseas this weekend, this liklely has to make 200MM domestic to break even in theaters, and that now seems unlikely. The Terminator may finally be dead.  In contrast, Magic Mike XXL comes in fourth with 11.6MM and 26.7MM since Wednesday...but this one had a 15MM budget, so there will be extra-large profit here.Ted 2 rounds out the Top 5, but with a mere 11MM and a 67 percent drop in its second weekend. Ouch.

BILLY JOEL married Alexis Roderick in a surprise ceremony during his annula July 4 party.

VANESSA WILLIAMS also tied the knot Saturday with fiancé Jim Skrip in front of their family and friends.

ASHTON KUTCHER & MILA KUNIS? Also hitched.

BEN AFFLECK & JENNIFER GARNER took their kids to the Bahamas after announcing divorce plans.

JOSH HARTNETT andhis  girlfriend, English actress Tamsin Egerton, are expecting a child.

BLACK PANTHER will not be directed by Ava DuVernay.

NIC CAGE's test footage for Supreman Lives. Oh my.

GREEK voters on Sunday appeared to have delivered a desperately needed victory for their government in its showdown with European creditors, as early official results from a Sunday referendum showed the country rejecting a bailout offer that officials here had scorned.  Of course, their government still has no money.

THE ISLAMIC STATE showcased the execution of 25 Syrian regime soldiers in the city of Palmyra’s ancient Roman ruins.

SYRIA: The pentagon cllaims a U.S. drone strike has killed a top ISIS leader in charge of the terror group's foreign fighter operations and moving people and supplies into Syria and Iraq.

IRAN: There is little indication whether the head of the UN atomic watchdog had made any progress in Tehran on one of the main sticking points: a probe into allegations of past nuclear weaponisation work. Popular support for the deal in Iran rests on a perception, held by majorities of the Iranian people, that Iran will continue to develop its nuclear program -- albeit under a more intrusive international inspection regime -- and that Iran's conditions regarding the scope and pace of sanctions relief will be met.

TINY HAMSTERS hosted a July 4 BBQ.

A STURGEON killed a 5-year-old girl on the Suwannee River.

A 3-METER-LONG PYTHON spotted in a popular park in Malmö remained on the loose on Thursday afternoon.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: A Gladstone, MO, park has been receiving some unusual reports of squirrel attacks this past week.

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It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows... and illuminations   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, July 02, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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THE FOURTH of JULY WEEKEND STARTS HERE:

...with THE BEACH BOYS!  It's Pate Reunion Weekend and time to "Do It Again."  Because folks my age will always remember their mammoth July 4th concerts at the Washington Monument -- as with this 1980 take o­n "Good Vibrations."  Their "Lost Concert" from 1964 includes "Fun, Fun, Fun," "Long, Tall Texan," "Little Deuce Coupe," "Surfer Girl," "Surfin' USA," "Shut Down," "In My Room," "Papa Ooh Mow Mow," and "Hawaii." Their take on "Dance, Dance, Dance" from Shindig! later that year is like a slice of Christmas in July.  There's also a nifty twofer of "I Get Around" and "'When I Grow Up (To Be A Man)" from their first UK TV appearance o­n Ready Steady Go!  The Andy Williams Show serves up "Help Me, Rhonda," while The Jack Benny Hour produced these quick takes o­n "Barbara Ann" and "California Girls."  There's a primitive video for "Wouldn't It Be Nice" that starts with a cameo from Brian Wilson's dogs (Banana and Louie), who appear at the end of the Pet Sounds LP.  And I'll finish with a live version of "God Only Knows" from the 1967 European tour -- one of the last Brian would do for a decade or so.

RAY CHARLES performs "America The Beautiful" like no one else.

INDEPENDENCE DAY: Bruce Springsteen, circa 1978, before it came out on The River.

AMERICAN MUSIC: The Violent Femmes, circa 1992.

DAVE ALVIN: Hey, baby, it's the "4th of July."

JAMES LILEKS: Truth.

THE STAR-SPANGLED BANNER: From 2008, Hidden Track serves up 12 video versions. And the only ones not working now are Jimi Hendrix and Whitney Houston.

THE UNITED STATES prepares to celebrate the anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence, declaring independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain on July 4, 1776. As the Wikipedia notes, this is a little arbitrary: New Englanders had been fighting Britain since April 1775; the first motion in the Continental Congress for independence was made o­n June 8th; and the Congress voted 12-0 for independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain o­n July 2, 1776. Even so, the publication of the Declaration was momentous .  If you're not in DC, the best way to see and learn about the Declaration may be through the Charters of Freedom website. Or you can watch Mel Gibson, Michael Douglas, Renee Zelleweger, Kevin Spacey, Wynona Ryder and other Hollywood folk read the Declaration.

Of course, the holiday more broadly celebrates the American Revolutionary War, and the Founders' unlikely victory. People with the highest standard of living and the lowest taxes in the Western World fought a sometimes unpopular war for our freedom. Early o­n, the Revolutionaries (also known as "Americans" or "Patriots") had the active support of about 40 to 45 percent of the colonial population. By 1779, there were more Americans fighting with the British than with Washington, which is why Washington needed help from the French, the Spanish and freed Blacks. You can separate fact from fiction regarding the sacrifices and fates of the Founders at Snopes. You can hear two-time Pulitzer Prize winner David McCullough read from the first chapter of his 1776 via NPR. Or watch a nifty clip on the passage and public reading of the Declaration from the John Adams miniseries.

NOW SHOWING: The weekend's wide releases include Terminator: Genisys, which is currently scoring 25 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; Magic Mike XXL, currently scoring 58 percent; and Faith of Our Fathers, which critics have not bothered to review.

DEBBIE HARRY turned 70 yesterday. Stereogum recently ranked Blondie's albums, while NME delivered 25 fun facts about the singer.

CHANNING TATUM is profiled by Vanity Fair.

KIM KARDASHIAN is on the cover of the Rolling Stone, because she's a giant in the music biz. Oh wait.

JENNIFER GARNER reached her breaking point with Ben Affleck's drinking and gambling and that's why she pulled the plug on their marriage ... sources connected with the couple tell TMZ.  Or was it Affleck's career comeback that did them in? The options aren't mutually exclusive.

JENNIFER LAWRENCE ditches Chris Martin for Nic Hoult again.

TRUE DETECTIVE stars Rachel McAdams and Taylor Kitsch are dating

MILEY CYRUS was caught canoodling on camera with model Stella Maxwell. 

STEPHEN COLBERT interviewed EMINEM on a Monroe, Michigan public access show, presumably for use on The Late Show.

ROBERT DOWNEY JR & PAUL THOMAS ANDERSON are collaborating on a live-action Pinocchio.

STEVE JOBS, starring Michael Fassbender, has a trailer online

CREED: The next generation Rocky movie has a trailer online

SIR NICHOLAS WINSTON, who organised the rescue of 669 children destined for Nazi concentration camps, has died aged 106.

YEMEN: Around 1200 prisoners, including al Qaeda suspects, escaped during clashes at a jail in central Yemen. 

THE ISLAMIC STATE threatens to topple Hamas in the Gaza strip.

IRAN's Central Bank has successfully repatriated 13 tons of gold as part of a package of sanctions relief provided to Iran by U.S. and Western powers. 

TWIGGY: Another Fourth of July tradition, the water-skiing squirrel. Great story. Compelling and rich.

RANDY BULLS had to be hosed down to enable the rescue a cow. 

A THERAPY TORTOISE comforts the residents of a Florida nursing home. 

THESE FLATWORMS plunge their penises into their own heads to inject themselves with sperm (when they must).

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Heartless Bast^rds, Richard Thompson, Surfer Blood, Ryley Walker, Dogs   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, July 01, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

FATHER JOHN MISTY covers Arcade Fire's "The Suburbs," solo and unpluggedy.

HEARTLESS BAST^RDS stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

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

SURFER BLOOD  plays a mini-set on KEXP's Midday Show.

RYLEY WALKER also plays a mini-set on KEXP's Midday Show

RICHARD HAWLEY drops "Which Way" ahead of Hollow Meadows. 

THE MINUS 5 plays The Runaways' "Cherry Bomb" for the A.V. Club Undercover.

COURTNEY BARNETT discusses her favorite songs at Pitchfork

MARK KOZELEK paid tribute to late Yes Bassist Chris Squire

WILCO: The Guardian profiled the band's Solid Sound festival. 

AC/DC, who made their music available on iTunes only in 2012, are making their music available on Spotify, Apple Music and Rdio

BEN AFFLECK & JENNIFER GARNER are getting divorced after ten years of marriage. 

KATY PERRY is battling nuns over the sale of a convent. 

SEAN PENN threw a big birthday party/first date with Minka Kelly

GWYNETH PALTROW is reportedly playing the field

EVANGELINE LILLY is expecting her second child. 

PARIS HILTON has threatened to sue the plane crash hoaxters. 

DWAYNE JOHNSON: The Rock is profiled by Esquire

STAN LEE may have phoned 911 over the weekend, but was looking fit at the Ant-Man premiere

SYRIA: U.S. intelligence agencies believe there is a strong possibility the Assad regime will use chemical weapons on a large scale as part of a last-ditch effort to protect key Syrian government strongholds if Islamist fighters and other rebels try to overrun them.

IRAN: The deadline for the nuclear talks is extended by a week. Shocka. 

DOGS STUCK: A BuzzFeed supercut. 

THE BIRDS: Angry birds near Houston much less fun than the videogame. 

AN ESCAPED GIANT RHEA BIRD could disembowel you in a single strike. 

SERVICE ANIMAL FRAUD targeted in Florida

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Suede, Palma Violets, Richard Swift, Panda Bear, Talking Dog   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, June 30, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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BILLY CORGAN medleys Smashing Pumpkins' Gish into three minutes.

SUEDE played Glastonbury

PALMA VIOLETS played  live on KEXP’s Midday Show

RICHARD SWIFT dropped a mixtape at Aquarium Drunkard

PANDA BEAR shares his PBVSGR Remixes EP.

THE ARCS: Dan Auerbach’s Black Keys side project  drops “Outta My Mind."

GARY WRIGHT will always be known as the "Dreamweaver," but add "Love is Alive" (with More Cowbell) and you have Twofer Tuesday.

THE CLASH's seminal London Calling was influenced by soccer?

PETE TOWNSHEND & ROGER DALTREY had a Kanye West moment at Glastonbury. 

JOHNNY MARR talks pop and politics at TLOBF

THE BEST of 2015 (So Far), according to NPR Music

JEREMY RENNER  talks to Playboy about his sexuality without saying anything.

GOLDIE HAWN's ex claims she poisoned their son and film star daughter Kate Hudson against him and vows to ‘break all ties with them’.

CAITLYN JENNER got a big reception at NYC's gay pride parade.

PARIS HILTON was subjected to a terrifying plane crash hoax

JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE played with the band at the wedding of Jessica Biel's college roomie.

THE CELEBRITY 100: Forbes lists the Highest Paid Superstars of 2015.

SPIDER-MAN: The next reboot will be partly inspired by John Hughes

JACK CARTER, a brash, caustic comic who became a star in early television and sustained a career of more than a half-century in TV, nightclubs, movies and on stage, has died at 93.

A NEW JERSEY MAN  was arrested at his home Monday morning for allegedly conspiring to provide material support to ISIS.

SYRIA's foreign minister said in Moscow on Monday Russia had promised to send political, economic and military aid to his country, where the army is coming under some of the heaviest pressure since the start of the civil war. 

IRAN: A senior U.S official in Vienna said negotiators will not make tomorrow's deadline on an agreement on Iran's nuclear program. Shocka.

A DOG beats the baby to saying "Mama."

SHARK BITES MAN, Man punches shark in head.  

PYTHON EATS PORCUPINE, Regrets It Later. Dinsdale! 

A BLACK BEAR crashed a college party at Lehigh

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Chris Squire RIP, Los Lobos, Freedy Johnson, Speedy Ortiz, Corgis   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, June 29, 2015 - 08:00 AM
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CHRIS SQUIRE, a/k/a "The Fish," the co-founder and longtime bassist of prog rock icons Yes and the only member of the group to feature on every studio album, has passed away just over a month after revealing that he was suffering from a rare form of leukemia. Squire was 67.  Most will likely immediately remember his propulsive lines on "Roundabout," but Squire is also credited as a co-writer on many of Yes' other greatest cuts, including "I've Seen All Good People," "Starship Trooper," "Owner of a Lonely Heart," "Yours Is No Disgrace" and "Heart of the Sunrise."

NOTE: As the music biz shifts to Friday release dates, NRR's advance streams are moving to Thursdays.

LOS LOBOS played the Clearwater Festival, minus Cesar Rojas.

FREEDY JOHNSON stopped WFUV's Sunday Breakfast for a chat and mini-set.

SPEEDY ORTIZ perfomed in the WNYC Soundcheck studio.

LUNA is selling their 1991 demos to benefit their Elektra A&R man Terry Tolkin, who isuffering from an aggressive virus.

KING KHAN & THE SHRINES work it like Wilson Pickett in "Land of the Freak."

JASON ISBELL talks to Grantland about 10 of his most gutwrenching tracks.

DAVID CROSBY confirmed that Joni Mitchell had an aneurysm and, to his knowledge, is not speaking yet.

10 SONGS By Rock Stars About How Bad It Sucks to Be a Rock Star....and somehow, The Byrds didn't make the cut.

ROYAL TRUX, ranked by Stereogum.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Jurassic World threepeats atop the chart with 54.2MM, becoming the fastsest movie to make 500MM domestic and surpassing Avengers: Age of Ultron as the biggest-grossing movie of 2015. Inside Out placed close with 52.1MM on a 42 percent drop that's smaller than the drop for Monsters University or Toy Story 3 had in their sophomore weekends.  Pixar should rake it in for at least another weekend, before Minions arrives on July 10.  Ted 2 shows with a 33 million debut--that's considerbaly less than the original and raises the possibility that it will recoup its 85MM production budge, but not the likely twice-again-as-large marketing costs before hitting the home markets.  Max takes the fourth slot with 12.2MM, but looks better than the stuffed bear against a 20MM production budget. Spy rounds out the Top 5 with a leggy 7.8MM and looks likely to eke ot a profit in theaters.

BRADGELINA had tea with Kate Middleton and Prince William.

JIMMY FALLON was hospitalized with a hand injury.

AMY SCHUMER discusses why she passed on Comedy Central's offer for her to take over for Jon Stewart on The Daily Show.

MARIAH CAREY and her billionaire boyfriend jetted to Israel for spiritual advice.

DUSTIN DIAMOND,  who played Screech on the 1990s TV show “Saved by the Bell,” was sentenced Thursday to 4 months in jail for a stabbing in a Wisconsin bar.

GREECE's banks may need an injection of fresh emergency funds to operate Monday as people rushed to pull out money after Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras called a referendum that could decide his country’s fate in the euro.

THE ISLAMIC STATE: Pres Obama's fmr undersecretary of defense for policy opined that to succeed in the president’s ambition of ultimately destroying the Islamic State — or even to contain its gains or roll them back — a broader and more intensive effort is needed.

IRAN: A senior U.S. official acknowledged Sunday that Iran nuclear talks will go past their June 30 target date, as Iran's foreign minister prepared to head home for consultations before returning to push for a breakthrough.

AFGHANISTAN: Mansur al Harbi, a Saudi jihadist who is listed by the United States, the United Nations, and Saudi Arabia as a senior al Qaeda leader, trainer, and facilitator is said to have been killed by the US in an airstrike in Afghanistan over the past several days. The report of his death has not been confirmed.

CORGIS Are Coming.

CHIPANZEES may have a similar concept of right and wrong to humans a study has found.

A BEAVER fended off two humans trying to break into his home. 

THE SWARM: Deputies in eastern Idaho are investigating what caused a semitrailer to swerve and tip, releasing a swarm of 20 million bees.

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