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American Wrestlers, Toro Y Moi, Drenge, Paul Weller, Q-Tip Cat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, March 31, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA drops a video for "Multi-Love."

AMERICAN WRESTLERS advance stream their self-titled debut.

TORO Y MOI advance streams What For?

DRENGE advance streams Undertow.

JOHNNY JEWEL advance streams the soundtrack to Lost River.

WARM SODA drops “I Wanna Go Fast,” the first single from the upcoming third LP, Symbolic Dream.

PAUL WELLER drops "Saturn's Pattern," the title track to his next LP.

RANK AND FILE: The seminal country-punk band formed by brothers Chip and Tony Kinman -- and including Alejandro Escovedo -- checks in with "Amanda Ruth" and their title song for Twofer Tuesday.

FAITH NO MORE: Mike Patton and Billy Gould talk to Pitchfork about their reunion.

JASON ISBELL talks to Rolling Stone about his ceebratory new LP.

LEE HAZLEWOOD: How the reclusive singer-songwriter was coaxed back onstage.

SIX SECONDS that shaped 1500 other songs.

HARRISON FORD left UCLA hospital after spending weeks recovering after his March 5 plane crash.

TREVOR NOAH will succeed Jon Stewart on The Daily Show.

RUSSELL CROWE gives a remarkably free-wheeling (for him) interview to The Guardian. Are you not entertained?

HARVEY WEINSTEIN was accused of groping a 22-year-old woman at the Tribeca Film Center in New York. The matter is still under investigation, and no charges have been filed.

MULAN joins Disney's list of live-action projects?

SHERLOCK is not gay. NTTAWWT.

UKRAINE: 22 Russian tanks crossed into Ukraine’s separatist-held eastern territories over the weekend.

LIBYA: The internationally-recognized Libyan government will request intervention from the Arab League to help stabilize the country.

FRANCE doesn't trust Iran and the US isn't ranking much higher with them these days.

SAUDI forces struck a Houthi arms depot in Yemen. It blew up real good. But that may have consequences. The Arab coalition naval forces are now in full control of Yemeni sea ports, a spokesman for the Saudi military said on Monday.

A CAT balances a q-tip on its nose.

CELEBRITY LLAMAS are now being forced to retire by the United States Department of Agriculture.

MINI-COWS reunite with a Missouri family.

ELEPHANT ATTACKS deterred by vuvuzelas? Or aggravated by them?

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Mountain Goats, Waxahatchee, Jessie Baylin, Pandas   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, March 30, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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BEN GIBBARD covers Guided By Voices' "Tractor Rape Chain."

THE MOUNTAIN GOATS advance stream Beat The Champ.

WAXAHATCHEE advance streams Ivy Tripp.

JESSIE BAYLIN advance streams Dark Place.

SAY LOU LOU advance streams Lucid Dreaming.

HARRY NILSSON: "Everybody's Talking" on Swedish TV, circa 1969.

SUFJAN STEVENS talks to Dave Eggers about how difficult his new LP was to make, his dysfunctional childhood and how playing the songs live will be a joyful relief.

THE ALABAMA SHAKES: From small-town bar band to titans of rock.

NORMAN GREENBAUMbest known for his 1969 hit “Spirit in the Sky,” was critically injured Saturday in a crash west of Santa Rosa.

JOHN RENBOURN, a founding member of the English folk group Pentangle, has died. He was 70 years old. 

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Home tops the chart with 54MM (and a strong 47MM in overseas markets), but whether it has legs sufficient to stop DreamWorks Animation's very hit-and-miss track record remains to be seen.  Get Hard placed with 24.6MM --near the top end of Will Farrell's and Kevin Hart's openings  --but poor reviews and a "B" Cinemscore may raise an issue on the seemingly large marketing budget.  Insurgent showed with 22MM  --that 58 percent drop from its opening was probably not shocking, given that LionsGate has put itsmarketing focus on overseas markets, where it hastaken in 93MM, a bit more than the 86MM domestic.  Cinderella tales the fourth slot with 17.5MM on a 50 percent drop; Home likely ate into this audience, but the film is probably closing in on profit, if it hasn't profited already.  It Follows rounds out the Top Five with 4MM -- not bad against a 2MM budget and limited marketing after the decision was made to take this well-reviewed horror pic to wide release instead of VOD.

BILL COSBY: Two more women came forward on Friday accusing the veteran comedian of drugging and sexually assaulting them decades ago, when they were in their teens.

MARIAH CAREY & BRETT RATNER are an item, apparently.

DESTINY'S CHILD reunited at the Gospel Music Awards.

TOM BRADY cliff-dives.

DREA DeMATEO (The Sopranos) was among scores of New Yorkers left homeless after a gas explosion sparked an inferno that destroyed four apartment buildings along Second Ave. in the East Village.

SAM WORTHINGTON  and his wife Lara Bingle have welcomed their first child.

NOAH BAUMBACH: The writer-director tells Vulture about the prized possessions in his personal music collection, and what movie soundtrack makes him cry: "I would no longer come to me to find out what the best new music is, as much as it pains me to say that."

SPECTRE: The next Bond film has a teaser trailer online.

TERMINATOR: GENISYS also has a British teaser trailer online...revealing J.K. Simmons as the psychologist.

THE ISLAMIC STATE did not actually invade Luke Skywalker's home, clarifying prior reports.

IRAN has failed to cooperate with a United Nations probe into whether it tried to build atomic weapons in the past, say people close to the current nuke negotiations.

IRAQ Inches Toward a Three-Way Split?

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL said Palestinian rocket fire during the 2014 summer war in Gaza had killed more civilians in the Gaza Strip than in Israel. Such deadly attacks on civilians on both sides constituted "a war crime," it said.

A PANDA tumples from his tree into his fellow pandas.

MONSTER FISH clamps onto a man's arm.

A GOOSE is to blame for an power outage that left more than 300 customers in Boise without power Friday morning. Undoubtedly planned by squirrels.

A TORTOISE gets a sporty red shell from a 3-D printer.

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Byrds, JD McPherson, Dodos, New Madrid, Chip & Adele   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, March 27, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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THE WEEKEND STARTS HERE:

... with THE BYRDS!  Pretty much because I dig them as we turn into Spring (or Fall).  Let's start with a rare 1965 clip of their breakthrough smash cover of "Mr. Tambourine Man."  There are screaming girls, plus go-go dancers when they hit Shivaree for "All I Really Want to Do" and "Feel A Whole Lot Better."  Next up is a rare sync of "I Knew I'd Want You." There are even more dancers when they cover Buddy Holly's "Not Fade Away" for Shindig! on June 23, 1965, while I'm pretty sure that's Ed Wynn introducing "Chimes of Freedom."  You might recognize the voice introducing "Bells Of Rhymney" from poolside in August 1965 and "It Won't Be Wrong" from a corral in January 1966 on Where The Action Is.  BONUS:  Want a couple in color?  Here's "Turn, Turn, Turn!" and "Mr. Spaceman." DOUBLE BONUS: A rare 1967 sync of "Eight Miles High."

JD McPHERSON chats and plays on WFUV Live.

TWEEDY perform a magnificent set of tunes from their recent album Sukierae live on KEXP.

THE DODOS  perform live on KEXP.

NEW MADRID stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

BLEACHERS: Jack Antonoff throws some Autotune on his cover of The Beatles' "Dear Prudence".

SOUL ASYLUM's near-breakthru, "Someone to Shove."

BELLE & SEBASTIAN: Less quiet balladry, more dance floor.  (Thx, Frank Yang.)

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN & BON JOVI may face tax hikes as a new law takes aim at "fake farmers."

THE DECLINE OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION reaches home video.

WHAT 30 MUSICIANS are reading on tour.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases are Home, which is currently scoring 39 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; and Get Hard, which is scoring 29 percent. Also, It Follows expands wide scoring 95 percent, as its limited run did so well that it postponed its move to VOD.

FIFTY SHADES OF GREY: Sam Taylor-Johnson has made official what many suspected.  She will not return to direct the second installment of the film franchise.

JENNIFER LOPEZ & CASPER SMART, together again.

BILLY RAY CYRUS defended his daughter Miley Cyrus' boyfriend Patrick Schwarzenegger on Wednesday, Mar. 25, after the Kennedy descendant's antics during spring break in Cabo San Lucas made headlines last week.

CRAIG T. NELSON will Coach again.

SYRIA: The global chemical weapons watchdog will investigate allegations of a chlorine gas attack on a Syrian village that killed six and wounded dozens earlier this month, a source told Reuters on Thursday.

TURKEY said it supports the Saudi-led military operation against Houthi rebels in Yemen and called on the militia group and its "foreign supporters" to abandon acts which threaten peace and security in the region.

IRAN: The United States is considering letting Tehran run hundreds of centrifuges at a once-secret, fortified underground bunker in exchange for limits on centrifuge work and research and development at other sites, officials have told The Associated Press. A senior State Department official said Wednesday that it was possible to conclude a new accord on that nation’s nuclear program by early next week. The U.S. Senate would vote on a bill to toughen sanctions on Iran if international negotiators miss a deadline at the end of this month for reaching a framework nuclear agreement.

IRAQ: By Day 2 of the American airstrike campaign against militants holed up in Tikrit, the mission appeared beleaguered on several fronts on Thursday: Thousands of Shiite militiamen boycotted the fight in protest, others threatened to attack any Americans they found, and Iraqi officials said nine of their fighters had been accidentally killed in an airstrike.

CHIP & ADELE, living together...

A MONKEY IS ON THE LAM in Charlotte-Mecklenburg after attacking a maintenance worker in a hospital parking lot. Hope I'm not updating this 28 Days Later.

A BULLDOG left in a car summons help.

A SAUDI MAN would leave his wife over a camel.

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Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

KING TUFF drops a video for "Madness."

BEST COAST perform on the Public Radio Day Stage at SXSW.

GANG OF FOUR perform on the Public Radio Day Stage at SXSW.

TWIN SHADOW performs on the Public Radio Day Stage at SXSW.

RYAN BINGHAM performs on the Public Radio Day Stage at SXSW.

THE DAVID BYRNE/T-HEADS TRIBUTE CONCERT produced Byrne dancing to "Uptown Funk," Sharon Jones killing "Psycho Killer," and Santigoldcovering "Burning Down the House," among others.

MINISTRY drops a demo for the unreleased "The Game Is Over" ahead of a Record Store Day box.

LONG KNIVES drop the inaptly-named "Unwelcome Guest" ahead of their debut EP.

DUSTY SPRINGFIELD: "The Look of Love."

COURTNEY BARNETT talks to NME about happiness, gentrification, her new LP, and more.

CHAKA KHAN is bored with "I Feel For You," but has thoughts on the current scene at The Guardian.

LIVE SONGS Better Than The Studio Versions.  I largely concur.

THE JIMMY SAVILLE SCANDAL continues as the BBC goes after whistleblowers.

JESSE EISENBERG shows his pate as Lex Luthor in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

IDRIS ELBA is in early talks to play the villain in Star Trek 3.

ONE DIRECTION loses Zayn Malik.

BRADLEY COOPER may make his feature directorial debut on the remake of A Star Is Born.  The hope is for Cooper also to star in the film.

EMILIA CLARKE talks to THR about Game of Thrones, Terminator: Genisys, and turning down Fifty Shades of Grey.

JEREMY RENNER's estranged wife threatened to release intimate videos of him if he ever went back on his promise to help her get a green card.

MARIEL HEMINGWAY had to put off Woody Allen? This is my shocked face.

ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER has a trailer for Maggie, which seems like Taken meets The Walking Dead.

TURKEY: Two cartoonists for the popular satirical weekly Penguen have been jailed to 11 months in prison, over a satirical piece on free speech in which they were convicted of including a hidden gesture “insulting” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

TUNISIA: The Islamic State has seized the city that gave its name to Luke Skywalker's home planet in the Star Wars films.

YEMEN sank deeper into chaos on Tuesday as Houthi fighters inched toward the city of Aden, where deposed President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi has sought refuge, raising concerns of a full-blown war for control of a globally strategic oil transit point. In fac, Washington Post Beirut bureau chief Liz Sly hears reports that Saudi Arabia is bombing Iran-allied militias in Yemen.  And now there's more.  Meanwhile, secret intelligence files held by Yemeni security forces and containing details of American intelligence operations in the country have been looted by Iran-backed militia leaders, exposing names of informants and plans for U.S.-backed counter-terrorism operations, U.S. officials say.

IRAQ: The American-led coalition is now launching air strikes to back up Iranian and Iraqi troops in the key city of Tikrit, a U.S. official tells The Daily Beast.

IRAN has increasingly resisted any kind of formal “framework” agreement at this stage in the nuclear negotiations, preferring a more general statement of “understanding” followed by a final accord in June. Shocka.

A STRAY PITBULL adopts an ORPHANED KITTEN... mass hysteria!

A MINESWEEPING PIG was banned from a pub after head-butting other customers.

A KANGAROO with a watering can stuck on its head.

DON'T LEASH YOUR CAT to the hood of your car. The More You Know.

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Lost Boy?, The Staves, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Fritz   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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TWEEDY plays "World Away" for Conan.

LOST BOY? advance streams Canned

THE STAVES advance stream If I Was. 

GODSPEED YOU! BLACK EMPEROR advance streams Asunder, Sweet And Other Distress

WILLIAM ELLIOTT WHITMORE advance streams Radium Death.

BRIAN WILSON is joined by former Beach Boys bandmates Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin on "Sail Away." 

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MAGAZINE: "Shot By Both Sides" on TOTP.

LOWER DENS: Jana Hunter takes All Songs Considered on a track-by-track tour of Escape From Evil. 

THE MOUNTAIN GOATS: John Darnielle talks to ABC Online about his debut novel Wolf in White Van. (Thx, LHB.)

THIN WHITE ROPE, a band I used to spin as a DJ, are named Cult Heroes at The Guardian

MARVIN GAYE's TOP TEN, according to Stereogum

ANGELINA JOLIE wrote about having her fallopian tubes and ovaries removed

MILEY CYRUS & PATRICK SCHWARZENEGGER are still an item, apparently. 

VIN DIESEL predicts that Furious 7 will win Best Picture.  Take that bet.

JON HAMM just got out of rehab, which is more than you can say for Don Draper.

PRETTY WOMAN has a 25th anniversary cast reunion

THE X-FILES returns for a six-episode event series which will be helmed by creator/executive producer Chris Carter with stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson. 

MATEUS WARD (Weeds) is rumored to have auditioned to be Marvel's new Spider-Man.

NATO and Swedish QRA (Quick Reaction Alert) interceptors were scrambled to identify and shadow a formation of two Russian Air Force Tu-22M Backfire bombers escorted by two Su-27 Flanker aircraft.

IRAN: An Iranian official on Tuesday rebuked the chief of the U.N. atomic agency for demanding snap inspections of Iran's nuclear sites, saying the request hindered efforts to reach an agreement with world powers, state TV reported. 

SYRIA: he Islamic State group has trained more than 400 children in Syria as fighters in 2015 alone, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said Tuesday.

AFGHANISTAN: The United States will halt the withdrawal of 9800 troops from Afghanistan, half of whom were scheduled to leave in the months ahead, and instead keep them in the country through the end of 2015.

FRITZ tries to catch food. Emphasis on tries. In slo-mo.

A SEA LION PUP wriggled onto a surfboard to ride the California waves. 

WOOLY MAMMOTH GENES have been spliced into an unsuspecting elephant. They spared no expense. 

A SUPER-SALAMANDER lived during the rise of dinosaurs was among Earth’s top predators more than 200 million years ago. 

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