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Alan Vega RIP, Belly, Caveman, Chris Forsyth, Fish v Turtle   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, July 18, 2016 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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ALAN VEGA, vocalist for the protopunk group Suicide, died peacefully in his sleep Saturday. He was 78. Best known for songs including "Cheree," "Dream Baby Dream," and "Ghost Rider," Suicide adopted the "punk" label as early as 1970, but the duo also employed electronic instruments in minimal compositions that world presage much of New Wave music. Joy Division, Nick Cave, Devo, Soft Cell, Thurston Moore, Bono, R.E.M. The Chemical Bros, MGMT and The Kills are among those claiming Suicide as an influence. In solo work, Vega collaborated with not only "artier" types like Ministry's Al Jourgensen and Lydia Lunch, but also with Big Star's Alex Chilton and singer-songwriter Ben Vaughn.  The distinctive Suicide combo of electronica and rockabilly might be most clearly heard in the work of two notable acts.  First, The Cars, in which Ric Ocasek mixed rockability, electronics and minimalism, especially on the band's first three LPs. It was no surprise when Ocasek produced Suicide's second album in 1980. Second, and perhaps less expected, in the work of Bruce Springsteen, whose "State Trooper" sounds very much like an acoustic version of Suicide, and whose later cover of "Dream Baby Dream," first emerged on tour and later on 2014's High Hopes album. R.I.P.

BELLY perfomed for the first time in 20 years, at the Parlor in Newport, RI.

CAVEMAN brought new material to WNYC's Soundcheck.

CHRIS FORSYTH & THE SOLAR MOTEL BAND play a Tiny Desk Concert.

SHARON JONES & THE DAP-KINGS share “I’m Still Here,” from the soundtrack to and upcoming documentaryon Jones’ battle with cancer and her return to the stage in 2014.

WILCO shares a new single, "Locator," at their website, if you give 'em your email address.

EDDIE COCHRAN: "Summertime Blues." Ain't no cure for 'em.

BILLY BRAGG talks - you guessed it - pop and politics (esp Brexit) at NME.

SANTANA talks to The Guardian about Woodstock, being discriminated against at school and making people cry with one note.

MITSKI talks to Drowned in Sound about the making of Puberty 2,touring, and so on.

1971: The Most Influential Year in Rock? I'd argue it represents a transition to albums as the dominant form of presenting rock music. In the internet age, we seem to have shifted back more toward singles, as it was before 1971.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: The Secret Life of Pets repeats atop the chart with 50.6MM on a 52 percent drop that's just a smidge above the average for recent animation smashes from both Illumination and Pixar, which bodes pretty well, given that some of these wereseq uels to already successful franchises.  Pets has already crossed the 200MM mark, again remarkable for a new property.  The Ghostbusters reboot placed a close second with 46MM, with analysists arguing over whether that's enough to launch a franchise, let alone the "cinematic universe" for which the studio hopes. After all, the reboot had a 140MM production budget and a reported 100MM already has been spent on P & A (mostly marketing). Most comedies are lucky to match their domestic take overseas and (as mentioned here on Friday) China has yet to approve the supernatural film there. The Legend of Tarzan showed with 11.1MM on a 47 percent drop that would be terrific had the studio not spent 180MM on it. Finding Dory takes the fourth slot with 11MM -- but with 445.5MM domestc, it's the biggest release of the year so far and the biggest Pixar film to date. This belated sequel will likely finish seventh in all-time box office. Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates rounds out the Top Five with 7.5MM and a 31.3MM total against a 33MM production budget.

STAR WARS: The Celebration convention featured the public release of a Rogue One BTS reel, and the nonpublic showing of a new trailer (that got badly bootlegged) with a bit of Vader. Alden Ehrenreich was confirmed to be young Han Solo in a future spinoff. And fans got tidbits about Episode VIII and more about Rogue One.

DREW BARRYMORE officially filed for divorce from her husband of four years Will Kopelman.

GWYNETH PALTROW & CHRIS MARTIN finalized their divorce.

DEMI LOVATO is hooking up with MMA pro fighter Guilherme “Bomba” Vasconcelos

TATYANA ALI married Dr. Vaughn Rasberry on Sunday, but not in Bel Air.

TARA REID & JENNY McCARTHY had a bit of an on-air catfight.

CHRIS HEMSWORTH will reappear in some form in Star Trek 4.

TURKEY: A coup by a faction of the military against Pres Erdogan failed, in part because rebel F-16s decided against shooting down his jet en route to Istanbul. Though everyone, including the US government, was caught unawares by the abortive coup attempt, perhaps it should have been foreseen. While Erdogan retains support from a majority of the Turkish people -- and was supported against the coup by rival parties -- he has been attempting to Islamicize the secular nation, imprisoning opponents, seizing newspapers, and threatening to dissolve the constitutional court.  Sadly and ironically, Erdogan will now engage in a huge purge of not only suspected coup plotters but political opposition.  Missions by American warplanes flown from the Incirlik air base in Turkey against Islamic State targets will resume following a temporary shutdown in the hours after the failed coup.

PAKISTANI social media celebrity Qandeel Baloch has died, an apparent victim of an "honor killing."

THE ISLAMIC STATE: Even as it launches waves of terrorist attacks around the globe, in public messages and in recent actions in Syria, the group’s leaders are acknowledging the terrorist organization’s declining fortunes on the battlefield while bracing for the possibility that its remaining strongholds could fall.

A TINY FISH trolls a SEA TURTLE.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: A three-year-old boy was left dripping with blood after apparently being savagely attacked by an angry pack of squirrels.

COW TAMPERING at the Great Yorkshire Show.

A BOA CONSTRICTOR was pried from an SUV undercarriange in Pennsylvania.

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Nilsson, Jayhawks, The Amazing, Elysia Crampton, Hello   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, July 15, 2016 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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THE WEEKEND STARTS HERE:

...with HARRY NILSSON! The BBC aired "The Music of Nilsson" in 1971, including a mashup of "Mr. Richland's Favorite Song" and "One," "Gotta Get Up," a medley of "Walk Right Back," "Cathy's Clown" and "Let The Good Times Roll," and really moving take on "Life Line." Then there are two videos from The Point!  -- "Think About Your Troubles" and "Are You Sleeping" -- sandwiching "Joy." The set concludes with "Without Her," "Coconut" and "1941."

THE JAYHAWKS play live in WFUV's Studio A.

THE AMAZING advance streams Ambulance.

ELYSIA CRAMPTON advance streams Demon City.

THEE OH SEES share "Axis" ahead of A Weird Exits.

AEROSMITH: "Train Kept A-Rollin'" At least until Midnight.

MEAT LOAF says he has lost 20 lbs since collapsing on stage in Canada last month and is due to start physical therapy and gym training sessions four times a week.

MINOR VICTORIES: Slowdive's Rachel Goswell and Mogwai's Stuart Braithwaite talk to Under The Radar about their new side project.

THE RASPBERRIES are the latest of The Guardian's Cult Heroes.

THE 50 BEST POST-PUNK LPs, according to Paste.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases include the reboot of Ghostbusters, which is currently scoring 75 percent on the ol' Tomatometer, though the "top critics" give it 59 percent; and The Infiltrator, currently scoring 64 percent.

GHOSTBUSTERS might not be released in China, which would have large implications for its box office totals.

TOM HIDDLESTON breaks his silence to say his relationship with Taylor Swift is not a publicity stunt.

MICK JAGGER, 72, is having baby number eight with American ballerina Melanie Hamrick, 29.

CHARLIE SHEEN wants to do another reality show, this one about his HIV status.

HARRY POTTER & THE CURSED CHILD: Warner Bros applied for a trademark on this title in the UK. Hmmmmmm...

ARCHER vs STAR TREK: THE ANIMATED SERIES is a terrific mashup.

TERROR STRIKES FRANCE (AGAIN): At least 80 people were killed and about 100 more were injured (18 critically) when an armed man drove a truck at full speed into a crowd who had gathered to watch the Bastille Day fireworks display over the seafront in Nice on Thursday night.  Both the French TV station BFM and the local newspaper Nice-Matin are reporting that the driver was a 31-year-old with dual French-Tunisian nationality.  A number of media outlets, including The Guardian, have live updates.

HELLO: It's me.

ENDANGERED FERRETS will be targeted by drones with vaccine-laced M & Ms.

A MINNESOTA ALLIGATOR was not aggressive, presumably confused as to how it ended up in Minnesota.

A ROBOT SQUIRREL developed by the US Navy will in no way end up with Skynet becoming self-aware.

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Twin Peaks, Frankie Lee, Heron Oblivion, Area Pup   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, July 14, 2016 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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BEACH SLANG brought CRAIG FINN onstage for The Replacements' “Can’t Hardly Wait," as part of a charity performance of Pleased To Meet Me.  And a new generation of kids knows all the words. The band has also dropped “Punks In A Disco Bar” ahead of their sophomore LP, A Loud Bash Of Teenage Feelings.

TWIN PEAKS played a WFUV Live session.

FRANKIE LEE stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

HERON OBLIVION bring San Francisco psychedelia to World Cafe.

PREOCCUPATIONS (formerly Viet Cong) share the post-punk of "Degraded" ahead of their self-titled LP.

THE MOLES share “Dreamland” ahead of Tonight’s Music, the band's first LP in 22 years.

FRANKIE FORD takes folks on a "Sea Cruise", circa 1959.

GILES MARTIN, the son of Beatles producer George Martin, talks to The Guardian about his dad's legacy and his ongoing work with the Fabs' catalog.

KRISTIN KONTROL: Kristin Welchez (aka Dee Dee of Dum Dum Girls) talks to The Current about paving a solo path for her new musical endeavor.

ARAB STRAP: Malcolm Middleton listed his favorite albums at The Quietus.

KATHLEEN HANNA talked to the New York Times about coming to terms with her own story and the current state of punk and feminism.

TAYLOR SWIFT secretly wrote ex-bf Calvin Harris' monster hit “This is What You Came For,” and their relationship fell apart because he disrespected her, according to her peeps. Meanwhile, Hiddleswift rumors accelerate.

LAMAR ODOM made it to NYC after his puking session on the plane because he beelined it for a strip club.

BEN AFFLECK & JENNIFER GARNER: Divorce on hold?

MARK RUFFALO shared a video from the set of Thor: Ragnarok.

KRISTEN STEWART would like to be the female James Bond, maybe.

GWYNETH PALTROW, a backstabber? Can't imagine it.

X-MEN are doing a pilot for 20th Century Fox Television.

LA LA LAND, a musical romance with Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, has a trailer online.

VENEZUELA: President Maduro put the armed forces in charge of a new food supply system aimed at alleviating crippling shortages, ceding yet more power to a military apparatus that is already involved in everything from banking to imports.

AREA PUP,  Lazy Cheerio Eater.

LARRY THE CAT will continue as No. 10 Downing Street's mouser under the new British government.

DINOSAURS more likely cooed than roared, but it's just not very cinematic.

A BEAR got stuck in a Subaru in Jefferson County, CO.

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Shawn Colvin & Steve Earle, Sarah Jarosz, Ice Cream Songs, Whale Shark   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, July 13, 2016 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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SHEARWATER covers Bauhaus’ goth-rocker “Kick In The Eye."

SHAWN COLVIN & STEVE EARLE stopped by WFUV's Studio A for a chat and mini-set.

SARAH JAROSZ makes her second appearance on Mountain Stage.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED considers A Lot of Songs About Ice Cream.

HISS GOLDEN MESSENGER shares "Biloxi" ahead of Heart Like a Levee.

ULTIMATE PAINTING shares "Bills" before Dusk.

THE BOUNCING SOULS share “Writing On The Wall" ahead of Simplicity.

DISCO DEMOLITION NIGHT: Yesterday was the anniversary of Disco Demolition Night, a promo event occurring during a scheduled twi-nite doubleheader between the Chicago White Sox and the Detroit Tigers that would prove to be the most ill-conceived promotional idea since the infamous "Ten Cent Beer Night" in Cleveland in 1974. It's now the subject of a book and this oral history at Chicago magazine.  Though some incorrectly think it had to do with racism, homophobia, etc., the event had much more to do with the fact that Chicago radio station WDAI forced out morning host Steve Dahl o­n Chirstmas Eve 1978, to switch to a disco format. A man who is cashiered wearing a Santa suit tends to carry a grudge. (Indeed, Disco, as it had originated in predominantly black and gay clubs, wad already died commercially -- it had exploded onto the Top 40 in the wake of Saturday Night Fever as a trendy white phenomenon; Dahl's critics might consider whether that phase was a cultural apporpriation.) A few months later Dahl re-surfaced at WLUP with "Do You Think I'm Disco?" -- a parody of Rod Stewart's "Do You Think I'm Sexy?" with lyrics that targeted yuppie narcissism and materialism. He also did a bit where he pretended to blow-up disco records, which Mike Veeck, the son of Sox owner (and legendary showman) Bill Veeck, thought could be turned into a promotion in which admission was 98 cents (because WLUP was FM 98) for anyone who brought a disco record to be blown up between the two games. It was far more successful and less controllable than either Dahl or Veeck imagined, with young people storming the park to enter, creating a fog of marijuana smoke in the stands, sailing records like frisbees, throwing firecrackers and ultimately storming the diamond after the scheduled demolition had concluded and Dahl was en route to the announcer's booth for the second game. Footage of the event from from stellamasters, along with the aftermath at FuzzyMemories and this compilation of local news coverage from the night is pretty darned good, with cameos from Bill Kurtis and Greg Gumbel. 

THE DESCENDENTS: Milo offers SPIN advice on rerouting your career, going easy on the coffee, and flatulence etiquette.

MARVIN GAYE: The creation of his seminal 1971 album, What’s Going On, will be the subject of an upcoming documentary.

CAR SEAT HEADREST: Will Toledo talks to PopMatters about rethinking his older material as he revives it for new listeners.

OZZY & SHARON OSBOURNE: Together Again?

LAMAR ODOM  taken off a Delta flight Monday night after getting wasted in the airport lounge and vomiting on the plane ... TMZ has learned.

BRADLEY COOPER & IRINA SHAYK deny having a heated argument  at Wimbledon.

LINDSAY LOHAN insisted to Page Six that reports of the fun-filled night ending with her throwing boyfriend Egor Tarabasov's phone into the sea were exaggerated.

JENNIFER ANISTON is not pregnant—and she’s so over everyone speculating that she might be.

 

THE COEN BROTHERS: Is their best film The Big Lebowski or Fargo?

QUENTIN TARANTINO will make only two more films...sort of.

THE 50 BEST COMEDIES of the millennium, according to The A.V. Club.

A WHALE SHARK did not want to be photographed.

AN EAGLE tried to fly away with a terrified boy at a popular wildlife show in central Australia.

A SWARM OF MOTHS invaded the Euro 2016 futbol finals.

CHALK BASS bend their gender as often as 20 times daily.

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Frightened Rabbit, Violent Femmes, Valley Queen, MMJ, Crazy Rodeo   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, July 12, 2016 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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THE JULIE RUIN shared a video for "I'm Done" from Hit Reset.

FRIGHTENED RABBIT stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

VIOLENT FEMMES stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

VALLEY QUEEN played a Tiny Desk Concert.

MY MORNING JACKET shared the topical track, "Magic Bullet."

TWOFER TUESDAY:  "The Dawn Of Correction" by The Spokesmen is an "answer song" to Barry McGuire's immortal "Eve Of Destruction."

GARBAGE: Shirley Manson talks to Weekend Edition about the band and growing up.

BRIAN WILSON: Nick Walusko and Darian Sahanaja talk to Weekend Edition about going from being haedcore fans to leaders in his band.

AEROSMITH's Joe Perry is in stable condition after a health incident while performing with the Hollywood Vampires.

INXS: Previously unreleased songs recorded by Michael Hutchence and a documentary about the last years of his life are set to be released over the next year.

TAYLOR SWIFT takes the No. 1 spot on the 2016 Forbes Celebrity 100 list...but Kim Karsashian got the cover story.

TOM HIDDLESTON: Not keen to discuss his relationship with Taylor Swift...which appears to be moving quickly.

AMY SCHUMER gets covered by Marie Claire.

LINDSAY LOHAN: Trouble in paradise with her Russian boyfriend?

LIV TYLER recently welcomed her second child with fiancé Dave Garner. (Third overall)

JAVIER BARDEM may join Tom Cruise, Johnny Depp and Russell Crowe as Frankenstein in Universal's monsters universe.

IRAN used to cover up its military activities in Syria and Iraq, so the government could deny any official involvement...but now every Iranian killed in action is named, his picture published, his valor lauded in elaborate tributes in the hard-line news media and on Instagram accounts dedicated to the fighters.

A RODEO has invented what could be the world's most insane game with an enraged bull, a giant football and crazy competitors locked in an enclosed pen.

SOME CRUSTACEANS attract mates with glowing vomit, not unlike many 20-somethings.

A BEAVER suspected of carrying rabies attacked a paddle boarder on Beaver Lake, inflicting multiple lacerations.

270 KGs of LOBSTERS were set free by compassionate monks on Prince Edward Island.

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