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Graham Nash, Mean Jeans, SXSW Preview, Peter Buck, Pig   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, March 15, 2016 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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THE MOODY BLUES "Ride My Seesaw" on French TV for Twofer "Tuesday Afternoon."

GRAHAM NASH plays a Tiny Desk Concert, including The Hollies' "Bus Stop."

MEAN JEANS stream their Nite Vision EP.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: The SXSW Music Preview Show.

WHITE DENIM dops  “Had 2 Know (Personal)" ahead of Stiff.

BEWARE THE IDES OF MARCH: The friendly stranger in the black sedan.

R.E.M.: Peter Buck talks to Rolling Stone about coming to hate the music business and his busy, lower-profile schedule today.

GEORGE MARTIN's final project is an epic-sounding 8-part documentary titled Soundbreaking.

KEITH EMERSON, remembered by James Sclavunos of the Bad Seeds.

PHIL COLLINS talks, Genesis, American Psycho, and Indian food with Action Bronson.

RICHARD SIMMONS addressed recent reports about why he had not been seen in public in more than two years. 

BEN AFFLECK: Did he decide to play Batman in part due to personal turmoil?

JUSTICE LEAGUE writers are already prebutting concerns, say it won't be as dark as Batman V Superman.

NEIL PATRICK HARRIS has closed a deal to topline Netflix's series adaptation of Lemony Snicket's A Series Of Unfortunate Events.

IAN McSHANE gets almost Deadwood-salty in discussing Game of Thrones.

YEMEN: One year later, the U.S.-backed Saudi war in Yemen is an aimless, humanitarian disaster you've never heard of.

SYRIA: In a surprise move, Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered his military to start withdrawing the "main part" of its forces in Syria from Tuesday. Believe it when you see it.  Rebels near Hama purportedly downed a regime fighter jet with a surface-to-air missile, according to one of the videos that emerged from the mysterious incident, contradicting previous rebel claims that anti-aircraft fire brought down the plane.

A PIG awakens for a cookie, barely.

THE DOGGIE SURVIVORS Of Michael Vick's Fighting Ring Grow Old And Happy.

LION vs CHRISTIAN: A classic "Who You Got?"

GOAT nabbed in attempted Northern California home invasion.

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Keith Emerson RIP, Cullen Omori, Lake Street Dive, Brooke Waggoner, Hulk   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, March 14, 2016 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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KEITH EMERSON, who helped pioneer prog rock as the keyboardist for the Nice and Emerson, Lake & Palmer, has died aged 71 after apparently taking his own life. Here's the Rolling Stone obit, a Slate profile from 2012,1971 footage of Keith theatrically stabbing his Hammond organ with knives, a statement from Greg Lake, "Rondo," an adapatation of Dave Brubeck from The Nice's debut LP,and "Hoedown," with ELP in 1973.

CULLEN OMORI (Smith Westerns) is streaming his solo LP, New Misery.

LAKE STREET DIVE stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

BROOKE WAGGONER stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

ANDREW BIRD is whistling again on "Roma Fade."

JULIAN CASABLANCAS covers Lou Reed's "White Light / White Heat" for HBO's Vinyl.

BLAKE BABIES  shared “Take Me Take Me” as part of an effort to crowdfund an LP of Earwig demos.

ANDY SCHAUF drops the 70s-tastic "The Magician" ahead of The Party.

HUSKER DU covers The Beatles' "Ticket to Ride," circa 1985.

R.E.M.: Out of Time turns 25; Pitchfork has an oral history of the LP.

THE EAGLES' tribute to guitarist Glenn Frey was likely  the band's "final farewell," according to Don Henley.

PHIL COLLINS peformed his first proper live show in six years.

ACE FREHLEY talks with Superchunk/Mountain Goats drummer (and onetime Kiss Army member) Jon Wurster.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Zootopia repeats atop the chart with 50MM, again exceeding expectations and clearing 400MM worldwide. Its 33 percent drop compares favorably with The Incredibles, The Lego Movie and Up.10 Cloverfield Lane placed with 25.2MM, right about in line with studio projections.  If this sequel-of-sorts performs as well worldwide, they'll make a good return on a 15MM production budget.  Deadpool shows again with another 10.8MM; its global total now beats Iron Man and is closing on Guardians of the Galaxy.  Forth slot goes to London Has Fallen with 10.7MM, dropping 50 percent, much like Olympus Has Fallen did in its second frame.  Whiskey Tango Foxtrot rounds out the Top Five with 4.6MM, which will have to rely on overseas markets to break even. The Perfect Match, The Young Messiah, and The Brothers Grimsby all debuted below the fold. Ouch.

RICHARD SIMMONS: His Haunted Twilight.

CIARA & RUSSELL WILSON got engaged.

MADONNA is trying to end the child custody proceedings she started with Guy Ritchie.

BEETLEJUICE 2 is not happening (yet), according to Tim Burton's rep.

AHMED BEST, the actor who played Jar Jar Binks in the Star Wars prequels, embraces the theory that Binks was a Sith Lord.

ISIS uses birth control to maintain the systemic rape of its captives.

RUSSIA: A former Putin ally, supposedly dead of a heart attack in DC, actually died from blunt force injuries to his head.

IRAN was responsible for a 2013 cyberattack on a dam in the suburbs outside of New York City, and an indictment is expected soon, a U.S. official told The Associated Press Thursday.

GERMANY's anti-immigration party surged to record support in Sunday’s regional elections, taking seats in all three states that voted and boosting its representation to half of Germany’s 16 state assemblies.

SERBIA's authorities are investigating reports that a cargo package bound for Portland contained two missiles with explosive warheads on a passenger flight from Lebanon.

TURKEY: A car bomb tore through a crowded transport hub in the Turkish capital, Ankara, on Sunday, killing at least 34 people and wounding 125 in the second such attack in the administrative heart of the city in under a month.

HULK, A 175-LB PIT BULL, guards this small kid.

A 4-FT RAT found in a London playground could be an African species.

A NEW SPIDER discovered in Australia rides the waves to hunt prey.

JURASSIC CHICKEN: Brazilian researcher Joâo Botelho decided to find a way to give chickens back their dinosaur bones.

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Talking Heads, Iggy Pop, Damien Jurado, Southern Family, GbV, Whale   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, March 11, 2016 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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THE WEEKEND STARTS HERE...

...with THE TALKING HEADS!  Here's the expanded band -- including axeman Adrian Belew (who certainly influenced Jon Pratt's early work in Pate) -- Live in Rome, circa 1980. Your setlist: "Psycho Killer," "Stay Hungry," "Cities," "I Zimbra," "Drugs," "Take Me To The River," "Crosseyed And Painless," "Life During Wartime," "Houses In Motion," "Born Under Punches," and "The Great Curve."

IGGY POP advance streams Post Pop Depression.

DAMIEN JURADO advance streams Visions of Us on the Land.

DAVE COBB advance streams a Southern Family compilation.

GLENN JONES advance streams Fleeting.

GUIDED BY VOICES introduces "My Zodiac Companion" ahead of Please Be Honest.

JOHN DOE drops “Go Baby Go” (ft DEBBIE HARRY) ahead of The Westerner.

NERF HERDER drops “We Opened for Weezer” ahead of Rockingham.

BAT FOR LASHES drops “In God’s House” ahead of The Bride.

IGGY POP joined JOSH HOMME and the gang for a tour warmup, including his classic "Lust For Life."

THE REPLACEMENTS: The author of Trouble Boys talks to Hazlitt about creation myths, serendipitous reporting and opening on a funeral.

JEFF BUCKLEY, before he became a myth.

TEENAGE FANCLUB: Ten of Their Best.

DON McLEAN's wife files for divorce following domestic violaence allegations.

NOW SHOWING:This weekend's wide releases include 10 Cloverfield Lane, which is currently scoring 91 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; The Brothers Grimsby, which is scoring 47 percent; The Young Messiah, scoring 100 percent on just six reviews; and The Perfect Match, which was not screened for critics.

CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR has a new trailer featuring a long-rumored special guest.

ADAM LEVINE & BEHATI PRINSLOO are expecting a child.

JENNIFER ANISTON is profiled by Harper's Bazaar.

HENRY CAVILL candidly admits he likes the money and fame that come with being Superman.

THE TICK is headed to Amazon.

THE MOST INTERESTING MAN IN THE WORLD is retiring.

THE ISLAMIC STATE: More than a dozen Britons and a handful of Americans are among Islamic State fighters reportedly named in a cache of 22000 documents obtained by German intelligence.

GERMANY:  The angry, populist Alternative for Germany, have ridden a wave of discontent over the chancellor’s embrace of more than one million refugees to their strongest poll ratings ever. The refugee crisis has fundamentally changed the country's party landscape.

A HUMPBACK WHALE, tail-sailing.

CALIFORNIA'S MOST FAMOUS MOUNTAIN LION is suspected of killing a koala.

A RUNAWAY PIGLET stopped traffic in San Francisco's Mission District Tuesday morning.

DAVE THE GOOSE wrought havok on a busy East London road.

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M Ward, Palehound, All Songs, Bob Mould, Giant Crab   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, March 10, 2016 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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SUNFLOWER BEAN, a band to watch, drops a video for "Easier Said."

M WARD plays WFUV's Studio A.

PALEHOUND streams a Dry Food sampler.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: New tracks from Sturgill Simpson, Beth Orton, Julianna Barwick, Damien Jurado, and more feature in the latest episode.

BOB MOULD brings us "The End of Things".

FOALS make "Rain" for a Record Store Day single. (No, not a Beatles cover)

BLEACHED shares “Sour Candy” ahead of Welcome The Worms.

MY BLOODY VALENTINE covers John Barry's “We Have All The Time in the World” from On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.

GEORGE MARTIN was remembered by Paul McCartney, as full obits rolled in from The Guardian (with a side feature), The New York Times (with a feature on seminal Beatles tracks), Pitchfork, annd many more.The L.A. Times covered some of Martin's non-Beatle productions. Rolling Stone compiled tributes from Brian Wilson, Tony Visconti, Dewey Bunnell & Gerry Beckley, Midge Ure and more. NPR re-posted a 2006 World Cafe interview with Martin about the Love musical that goes into the Beatles at length.

EMITT RHODES: A power-pop pioneer returns with his first music and performances sinve the 70s, aided by Susanna Hoffs, Chris Price, Aimee Mann, and members of Jellyfish and the New Pronographers.

CSNY: Graham Nash drops the hammer on David Crosby. Ouch.

AC/DC are being forced to postpone the remainder of the US leg of their tour after lead singer Brian Johnson was advised by doctors to “stop touring immediately or risk total hearing loss.”

LINDSAY LOHAN has landed a mega-rich, Russian boyfriend.

BRADLEY COOPER's planned directing debut, a remake of A Star Is Born, has fallen through after his rumored co-star Beyoncé wanted too much money for the role.

ALEC & HILARIA BALDWIN have announced they're expecting another baby boy this fall.

KIM KARDASHIAN defended her naked selfie.

MADONNA & GUY RITCHIE are gingerly working toward a child custody agreement for son Rocco.

GARY BUSEY is joining the cast of Sharknado 4 .

TURKEY's most-read newspaper begins publishing pro-Erdogan articles after a government seizure.

IRAN: U.S. Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton on Wednesday called for sanctions against Iran after the Islamic Republic brushed off U.S. concerns and test-fired two ballistic missiles that it said were designed to be able to hit Israel.

A GIANT CRAB gets a hug.

PONIES ON THE LAM were recovered after they broke loose and ran free for nearly an hour near the Florida Turnpike in northwest Miami-Dade.

DOGS can now wear anti-coyote vests.

A PYTHON was found under the hood of a car in Zimbabwe.

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George Martin RIP, The Wachowski Sisters   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, March 09, 2016 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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ANOTHER LONG NIGHT, another chronic sinus headache. So I'll return tomorrow.  Also it was a slow news day, but I do note:

 

GEORGE MARTIN, the “Fifth Beatle” and British treasure who signed the Fab Four to a label contract when no one else would, produced virtually all their songs and introduced lavish arrangements into “Yesterday” and “A Day in the Life,” has died, according to Ringo Starr's Twitter feed. He was 90. Here is the maestro talking about making "Please Please Me," and "Strawberry Fields Forever."  1n 1976, he discussed a variety of Beatles productions with Rolling Stone. The epitome of the English gentleman, he got an ovation while paying tribute to one of his chief competitors, Brian Wilson at Radio City Music Hall in 2002. He was also the subject of a  Beatle-free 1980 episode of This Is Your Life (Parts One, Two, Three).

BILL WYMAN, the Rolling Stones' bassist at their peak, has been diagnosed with prostate cancer, but is expected to make a full recovery.

Also:

THE WACHOWSKIS, who made The Matrix trilogy as brothers, are now sisters.

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