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Wilson Pickett, Heartless B's, Telekinesis, FFS, Hop Along, Corgis   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, June 19, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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THE WEEKEND STARTS HERE...

...with the wicked, wicked WILSON PICKETT, live from Germany, circa 1968. This disappeared from the Tube, but I've managed to find almost all of it reposted there or elsewhere.  His band warms up the crowd with the instrumental "Soulfinger," but Pickett electrifies from the moment he enters for "Everybody Needs Somebody" and doesn't let up through "Ninety-Nine and a Half (Won't Do)," "Mustang Sally" and "Stagger Lee." He takes it down just a half-notch for "I'm In Love" before cranking it back into top gear for "Funky Broadway," during which people dancing in front of the stage start turning up o­nstage (And why not? This rawks almost as hard as The Who's cover of "Shakin' All Over").  The tumultuous finale of "Land of 1000 Dances" from amid the crowd remains missing, but this other "Land of 1000 Dances" from 1966 is almost as wild, and in color to boot. Raw and riveting; if this can't put you in a weekend state of mind, probably nothing can

HEARTLESS BAST^RDS played a mini-set at Philadelphia's Non-COMMvention.

TELEKINESIS performed an all-acoustic solo set on KEXP

FFS stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

HOP ALONG performed live at KEXP’s "Hood-to-Hood 2015: West Seattle Day."

CLEARANCE drops “You’ve Been Pre-Approved" ahead of Rapid Rewards. 

FOUNTAINS OF WAYNE play "It Must Be Summer" unpluggedy.

PAVEMENT: Stephen Malkmus and Spiral Stairs talk to Pitchfork about the band's upcoming rarities compilations.

NICK CAVE is mounting a seven-month-long art project in Detroit.

BON IVER criticizes Apple Music's streaming service and praises Spotify

GENE WEEN talks to Stereogum about his Billy Joel tribute band. 

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases include Pixar's Inside Out, which is currently scoring 99 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; and Dope, currently scoring 91 percent.

INSIDE OUT is Pixar's best film since Toy Story 3. It has some great jokes and is as wildly inventive as the mind of an 11-year-old (where most of the movie is set). The animation is gorgeous, per usual. It has a rather sophisticated moral for a family film (indeed, one that might affect its box office).  And yet it does not rank with the Toy Story franchise, or The Incredibles, Up, Finding Nemo or Monsters, Inc. (which shares a director, Pete Docter).Why? Because of the inherent limits of the movie's concept.  When most of your characters are emotions, it is difficult for them to express character beyong their respective base emotions without straining the suspension of disbelief.  It is a tribute to Docter and the voice talent that they succeed as often as they do at it.

BRIAN WILLIAMS and NBC have come to a tentative agreement that will keep Williams at the network after his six-month suspension ends in August. His portfolio will include a position on MSNBC, where there's apparently less concern with credibility. I'm sure the folks at MSNBC love Comcast for this.

MARGOT ROBBIE: Engaged?

DONALD TRUMP appears to have paid actors to cheer for him at his Presidential campaign launch. 

ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER pranks people for charity.

SANDRA BULLOCK ruined Michael Oher's football career. 

DAN ACKROYD vouches for the Ghostbusters reboot, in which he presumably has a financial interest. 

KUNG FU PANDA 3 dropped its first trailer online. 

CHINA: The massive hack of US federal employee and military data at OPM happened in part because the data was not encrypted and some IT contractors were located in the People's Republic of China.

IRAQ: At a Congressional hearing focused on the strategy for Iraq, the Pentagon conceded that the hope for a multi-sectarian, unified Iraq is becoming a less likely outcome. More likely, they said, is a three-way split of the country. 

CORGIs Chase a Camera

A BEAVER was removed from the parking lot of the Chick-fil-A in Bellevue, Wash.

A SQUID cuddles for hours afterwards.

A 333-LB HALIBUT: Sure, but the one that got away...

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Villagers, Patrick Watson, C P Stelling, Hop Along, Baby Chick   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, June 18, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

WIRE recruited Jeff and Sam Tweedy, Bob Weston (Mission of Burma) and many more to help perform the art-punkers' "Pink Flag" in Chicago.

VILLAGERS stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

PATRICK WATSON stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

CHRISTOPHER PAUL STELLING performs in the WNYC Soundcheck studio.

HOP ALONG performs in the WNYC Soundcheck studio.

CRAIG FINN of The Hold Steady drops  "Newmyer's Roof," ahead of his solo LP, Faith In The Future.

EARLY GHOST drops a groovy new single “Now I Always Wonder If I Like It Here.”

PARQUET COURTS drops a cover of Joey Pizza Slice’s “Pretty Girls."

THE MUSIC EXPLOSION: "Little Bit O'Soul."

WOLF ALICE: The Best of What's Next.

LUNA: Dean Wareham's reunion tour diary.

THE NATIONAL's Bryce Dressner talks to Drowned In Sound about his solo work.

TORTOISE: Doug McCombs gives a rare interview to Mogwai's Stuart Braithwaite.

SEAN PENN & CHARLIZE THERON have broken off their engagement and called it quits.

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD's main stunt doubles got married after meeting on set.

EMMA STONE talks to the WSJ about working with Woody Allen, the story behind that Andrew Garfield paper bag and her next project: a musical with Ryan Gosling.

BEN AFFLECK & JENNIFER GARNER: Trouble In Paradise?

THE WALKING DEAD'S Emily Kinney and Norman Reedus are seeing each other.

JENNIFER LAWRENCE & CHRIS PRATT are banking big paydays to make Passengers.

TOMMY CHONG is battling cancer once again.

RUSSIA announced that it will expand its nuclear arsenal, sparking concerns about a renewed arms race as old Cold War rivals Moscow and Washington plan to increase their military capacity amid rising tensions over Ukraine.

IRAN and six powers are still apart on all main elements of a nuclear deal with less than two weeks to go to their June 30 target date and will likely have to extend their negotiations, two diplomats tell The Associated Press.. US Secretary of State John Kerry signaled for the first time on Tuesday that the United States was prepared to ease economic sanctions on Iran without fully resolving evidence suggesting that Iran's scientists have been involved in secret work on nuclear weapons. The supposed framework actually required the IAEA's concerns about PMDs to be addressed before sanctions relief.

IRAQ: The U.S. will fall way short of meeting its goal of training 24000 Iraqi forces to fight Islamic State militants by this fall, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Wednesday on Capitol Hill.

A BABY CHICK with separation anxiety.

A CHEETAH EXHIBIT is not a place to drop your son. The More You Know.

CHINESE POLICE DOGS form a chow line.

A CHIHUAHUA PUP taken in a burglary has been reunited with its owners after the search for her went viral on Facebook.

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Cayucas, Cold Cave,Meg Baird, Son Lux, Beck, Elephants   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

FATHER JOHN MISTY dropped a video for "I Love You, Honeybear." 

CAYUCAS advance streams Dancing At The Blue Lagoon. 

COLD CAVE advance streams Full Cold Moon.

MEG BAIRD advance streams Don't Weigh Down The Light.

SON LUX advance streams Bones 

BECK dropped a NSFW single, "Dreams." 

FOALS drop the title track to "What Went Down." 

BAIO: Chris from Vampire Weekend drops "Sister of Pearl" ahead of his solo debut, The Names

THOSE PRETTY WRONGS: Jody Stephens (Big Star) is half of this duo, which just dropped "Fool of Myself." 

LUCERO drops "Went Looking For Warren Zevon's Los Angeles." ahead of All A Man Should Do. 

DAVID RAMIREZ drops “Harder To Lie” ahead of FABLES.

POP MUSIC:Let's hear M talk about it.

THE JESUS & MARY CHAIN's Jim Reid, interviewed by Mogwai's Stuart Braithwaite.

JOHNNY MARR lists his favorite albums at The Quietus

THE BEASTIE BOYS collect 668K from Monster drinks in their copyright/trademark infringement case. 

THE BEST LPs of 2015 (So Fra), according to Stereogum

KIM KARDASHIAN wrote a letter to her future self.

KRISTEN STEWART's mother denies quotes about the star's new galpal given to a British tabloid.

MILEY CYRUS talks to TIME about her past relationships, Instagram insecurities and her new role as an advocate for people across the gender spectrum.

TERRENCE HOWARD and his wife Mira welcomed a baby boy

LEONARDO diCAPRIO started a giant sing-along.

KEITH HERNANDEZ is still collecting Seinfeld residuals. 

A DEADLY ADOPTION: The Lifetime movie starring Will Farrell and Kristen Wiig has a promo online

THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. has a second trailer online. 

AL QAEDA in the Arabian Peninsula , an official branch of al Qaeda, has released a video eulogy for Nasir al Wuhayshi, the group's most senior leader. He was the the No. 2 al Qaeda leader in the world, dispatched by the CIA.

EGYPT: A court upheld the death sentence of former President Mohamed Morsi that stems from a deadly 2011 mass prison break in which 20K inmates were set free.

THE PALESTINIAN unity government will resign, President Mahmoud Abbas has announced.

IRAN: With the June 30 deadline for a nuclear deal fast approaching, senior Iranian officials have appeared increasingly eager to present a united front, muzzle critics, and publicly back the negotiators, who are led by Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.

ELEPHANTS, dancing to classical music

A PINK OCTOBUS may get maned "Adorabilis." 

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: A militatnt rodent was rescued from a chain-link fence in Washington State. I hope no one lives to regret this.

DOG CUBES: Someday, our best friends will turn against us, at the urging of squirrels. 

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It's Chris Pratt's "World." We're just living in it.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, June 16, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

SADLY, I'm taking anothe personal day related to family biz.  But frankly, there wasn't much in my usual news feeds that can't wait for Wednesday.  Meanhile, there is this..

JURASSIC WORLD had the biggest domestic and international opening in movie history, beating The Avengers here and the Harry Potterfinale internationally, once the actual box office reipts were tallied.  Should be good until at least Christmas, when Star Wars: The Force Awakens could topple the dinosaurs.

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Leon Bridges, Wolf Alice, Desaparecidos, Bully, Keelo + Koda   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, June 15, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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MUMFORD & SONS, get by "With a Little Help From My Friends" at Bonnaroo, with MY MORNING JACKET, THE WAR ON DRUGS, DAWES and more.

LEON BRIDGES is advance streaming Coming Home.

WOLF ALICE is advance streaming My Love Is Cool.

DESAPARECIDOS is advance streaming Payola.

BULLY is advance streaming Feels Like.

OUGHT covers Cyndi Lauper and Sexy Kids for Aquarium Drunkard.

LaBELLE: "Lady Marmalade." I coulda used a little more cowbell.

FOO FIGHTERS frontman Dave Grohl is reported to have broken his leg after falling off stage midway through a gig, before finishing the show anyway.

VAN MORRISON was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.

TAME IMPALA gets a lengthy profile from Grantland.

BEN FOLDS talks to The Guardian about his new Gershwin-influenced project.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Jurassic World utterly dominated the chart with 204MM, well over what many gurus predicted, even as those predictions jumped on Friday (I saw estimates of 100-130MM).  Against a 150MM production budget, the 511MM taken in worldwide in one weekend looks to be a money-gusher.  This is the second-biggest movie opening, second only to The Avengers.  It's also the biggest movie to open in June, ever.  Spy placed with 16MM, on a45 percent drop thta's not bad inlight of the dino rampage.  San Andreas showed with 11MM taking the brunt of the Jurassic juggernaut on a 57 percent drop.  Insidious: Chapter 3 dropped an even bigger 68 percent to take the fourth slot with 7.3MM -- but that's largely a function of the horror genre.  Pitch Perfect 2 rounded out the Top 5 with another 6MM.

JURASSIC WORLD: Look, I'm not going to slag a movie that has Chris Pratt motorcycling with raptors.  And I give Universal--a major theme park operator--credit for investing in a movie at its core pretty cynical about theme parks and their customers.  Moreover, the flick includes one of the most bizarre meta-product placements I can recall.  But Jurassic World can ultimately claim onlyto be bigger, not better, than the original. The original formula is back in place, with two kids left in the custody of a relative, here the work obsessed Aunt Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard). The twist is a subplot about the weaponization ofthe mutant dinosaurs, which Pratt's character has come to second-guess, while Vincent D'Onofrio (playing InGen as Blackwater) wants to proceed despite the apparent risks (itself a common movie trope).There's plenty of action and suspense, and Pratt's charm manages to make Howard somewhat appealing (Hollywood has been pushing her much longer than the avg Hollywood "It" Girl; it helps when your Dad is Ron Howard). The visual efefcts are, as you would imagine, spectacular, though I don't think the 3-D added nearly as much as I would have expected.  It was a fine popcorn movie, but it's not entire possible to capture the wonder of the original.  Indeed, the characters will tell you as much from the big screen.

CHRIS PRATT is locked up for more Jurassic movies.

BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH and his wife Sophie Turner have welcomed a baby boy.

JOHN STAMOS was arrested for allegedly driving under the influence.

TIM ROBBINS would appreciate the media not calling him after every prison break.

SPIDER-MAN: Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios cannot agree on who will play the webbed wonder.

CHINA confirmed the test of a supersonic nuclear delivery vehicle, a move described by the US as an "extreme manoeuvre" amid tension in the South China Sea. Also, deeply personal information submitted by U.S. intelligence and military personnel for security clearances — mental illnesses, drug and alcohol use, past arrests, bankruptcies and more — is in the hands of hackers linked to China.

RUSSIA & CHINA have allegedly decrypted the top-secret cache of files stolen by whistleblower Edward Snowden, according to a report from The Sunday Times.

IRAQ is nowhere near ready to reatke Mosul from ISIS.

KEELO & KODA, growing up together... mass hysteria!

A RACCOON stands on a GATOR in the Ocala National Forest. No sign of Groot.

THOUSANDS OF TUNA CRABS have invaded the beaches of San Diego Bay.

SEA HARES: Giant purple blobs are invading East Bay beaches and waterways.

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