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Jackson Scott, Brown Bird, The B-52s, Robotic Empire, Gorilla   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, April 20, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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ARIEL PINK serves up a video for "Jell-O".

JACKSON SCOTT advance streams Sunshine Redux.

BROWN BIRD advance streams Axis Mundi.

THE B-52S stream a 1979 concert getting an official release this week.

ROBOTIC EMPIRE streams a tribute LP, Whatever Nevermind.

SPOON released the demo for "Inside Out."

FATHER JOHN MISTY dropped "I Love You Honeybee" and "Never Been A Woman" for Record Store Day.

THE TEMPTATIONS: "Papa Was A Rollin' Stone."  And when he died, all he left us was alone.

DAMON ALBARN says Pop music no longer challenges the establishment or discusses politics because performers are part of the “selfie generation”.

ALVVAYS: Molly Rankin talks to Pitchfork about her love of Celine Dion, scary motels, and more.

PATTI SMITH & LAURIE ANDERSON inducted Lou Reed into the Rock & Rall Hall of Fame.

CHIC: Nile Rodgers talks about addictions, to food and otherise.

BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE posted a teaser trailer after it leaked online.

WEEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Furious 7 threpeats atop the chart with 29MM; it broke the billion-dollar mark worldwide  on Friday, jumping into the top 20 grossers of all time.But now it is in a race against the coming of Avengers 2 on May 1. Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 placed with 24MM, a bit above expectations and below the origina's 31.8MM...and thus a movie that scored 0 on the Tomatometer may end up making money in cinemas.  Unfriended showed with 16MM against a budget of roughly 1MM.  Home dropped to th fourth slot with nother 10MM, andiss till well short of what it needs to profit on the big screen (roughly 400MM).  The Longest Ride rounds out the Top Five with 6.9MM and 23.5MM total against a budget of roughly 34MM.

GWYNETH PALTROW:Days after admitting defeat in a widely publicized challenge to subsist on a food stamp budget, the actress was spotted at an expensive barbeque restaurant in Los Angeles with her celebrity friends, according to the National Monitor.

SOFIA VERGARA will not destroy her embryo.

ZACHARY LEVI and Missy Peregrym got secretly divorced, less that a year after getting secretly married.

JOHN RIDLEY  (12 Years a Slave) is teaming up with Marvel to develop a mysterious new TV series.

AN ORAL HISTORY OF AIRPLANE: Surely you can't be serious.

YEMEN: American citizens escaping Yemen, including small children and some frail elderly, are arriving exhausted in Djibouti after harrowing journeys from the besieged country, where a U.S.-supported Saudi Arabian bombing campaign is entering its fourth week. The Obama administration so far has declined to organize a rescue mission for the estimated 3,000 to 4,000 U.S. citizens in Yemen.

LIBYA: A new round of peace talks backed by the UN began in Morocco. Russia has pledged to supply weapons to the Libyan government if a UN embargo is lifted.

IRAQ: Why the rise of ISIS and the fall of Iraq weren't inevitable.

DON'T BEAT YOUR CHEST AT A SILVERBACK GORILLA, even if you're a little girl.

THE SWARM: Some early commuters in the American northwest have been confronted by an unusual road hazard – 20 million angry bees.

ZEBRAS ON THE LAM through the streets of Brussels.

BUFFALOS ON THE LAM in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

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Blind Faith, Jon Pratt, Bob Dylan, Cloud Nothings, Twin Shadow, Cat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, April 17, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

THE WEEKEND STARTS HERE:

...with BLIND FAITH! Live at London's Hyde Park in June 1969. After an introduction and brief segments about supergroup members Steve Winwood, Rick Grech, Ginger Baker, and Eric Clapton, your set list includes:"Well All Right", "Sea of Joy","Sleeping in the Ground", "Under My Thumb", "Can't Find My Way Home", "Do What You Like", "In the Presence of the Lord", "Means to an End", and "Had to Cry Today".

BOB DYLAN: Aquarium Drunkard has some Blood on the Tracks alternates from New York.

CLOUD NOTHINGS remixed Here and Nowhere Else (in Wingdings) for Record Store Day.

TWIN SHADOW stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

PETER BJORN & JOHN return with the rhythm-heavy “High Up (Take Me To The Top)”. 

THE GO! TEAM drops “Ye Ye Yamaha" for Record Store Day.

JON PRATT: Pate's frontman plays "Watts Up Doc?" and "Watt the Funk?", two instumrntals he wrote for an upcoming video promoting NIST's LEGO watt balance.  Jon also talks about his axe, in this case a 1938 Vega Archtop.

LOU REED's sister sets the record straight about his electroshock therapy.

BEST COAST talks to Stereogum about their friendship, haters, and California Nights.

GRIZZLY BEAR: Ed Droste talks to The Standard about moving to LA, getting divorced, and coming back together with his band. (Thx, LHB.)

STEVE ALBINI: Not a fan of Jay Z's new streaming service.

STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS dropped a second teaser trailer online.

NOW SHOWING:This weekend's wide releases include Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2, which is currently scoring 0 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; Unfriended, which is currently scoing 71 percent; and Monkey Kingdom, scorng 92 percent. True Story opens near-wide with 49 percent.

RYAN GOSLING  is in negotiations to star in the Blade Runner sequel opposite Harrison Ford.

NICKI MINAJ is engaged to Meek Hill.

JERRY SEINFELD says TV is over.

WONDER WOMAN finds a new director--Patty Jenkins, who at one point was to direct Thor 2 for rival Marvel Studios.

FLASH GORDON may be directed by Matthew Vaughn (Kingsman: The Secret Service, X-Men: First Class, Kick-Ass).

TURKEY held a ground-breaking ceremony for the construction of parts of its first nuclear reactor, sparking an angry protest by activists.

SAUDI ARABIA & SOUTH KOREA have signed a memorandum of understanding to cooperate on the development of nuclear energy, Saudi state news agency SPA said, building on a deal signed in 2011.These nuke stories are surely coincidental to Iran's pursuit of nuclear weapons.

IRAN has greatly increased the frequency and skill of its cyberattacks, even while negotiating with world powers over limits on its nuclear capabilities.

IRAQ: Islamic State militants launched a fierce attack Wednesday to capture the city of Ramadi, dealing a setback to a newly launched Iraqi military offensive in the Sunni-dominated region.

YEMEN: Military officials and residents said al-Qaeda has taken control of a major airport, a sea port and an oil terminal in southern Yemen after brief clashes with troops. The UN peace envoy to Yemen has resigned, a UN official said, after losing support from Gulf countries for his mission in the conflict-riven nation.

GOALKEEPING CAT: Almost hypnotic.

A RACCOON clung to the ladder of a crane in Toronto – more than 200 meters up.

A WOLVERINE was tranquilized at Newark International Airport in New Jersey.

MINI-GODZILLAS have been discovered in the Andes.

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Taking a personal day...   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

KarlTAKING A PERSONAL DAY, mostly because yesterday was a slooow news day, so a good day to take off. I should be back for the usual Friday festivities.

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Percy Sledge RIP, Luna, Passion Pit, Nai Harvest, Carp Attack   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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PERCY SLEDGE, the R&B belter whose biggest hit, "When a Man Loves a Woman," became a cornerstone of soul music, died Tuesday. He was 73. The Guardian collects four more of his best.

LUNA: Watch six songs from their first American show in about a decade.

PASSION PIT is advance steaming Kindred via iTunes Radio.

NAI HARVEST advance streams Hairball.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED features new tracks from the Milk Carton Kids, Buil To Spill, Protomaryr, and more.

GEORGE HARRISON & ERIC CLAPTON: "Taxman." Obligatory.

DAVID BOWIE's new songs for Lazarus may be "classics."

THE MOUNTAIN GOATS: Peter Hughes talks to the Cincinnati Inquirer about how much of the Mountain Goats’ operation remains in John Darnielle’s control. (Thx, LHB.)

CORNERSHOP: Tjinder Singh revisits the group’s breakthrough album, When I Was Born for the 7th Time, at SPIN. Interesting comments on Radiohead also.

STEALING SHEEP: The art-psych-pop trio is profiled by The Guardian.

RACHEL McADAMS & JAKE GYLLENHAAL may be an item.

RITA WILSON was recently diagnosed with breast cancer and has undergone a double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery.

BILLY JOEL and his girlfriend, Alexis Roderick, said in a statement Tuesday they are expecting their first child this summer.

DENNIS QUAID melted down, Christian Bale-style, on set...or did he?

LOVE & MERCY has a longer, more revealing trailer online.

WONDER WOMAN director Michelle MacLaren has dropped out due to what the parties involved are calling creative differences.

RUSSIA: The Pentagon on Monday denounced a recent incident in which a Russian pilot intercepted a U.S. aircraft over the Baltic Sea as "sloppy airmanship."  Oh, yeah...sloppy...that's it.

YEMEN: Local militiamen in the Yemeni city of Aden said they captured two Iranian military officers advising Houthi rebels during fighting on Friday evening.

LIBYA: New Libyan peace talks kicked off in neighboring Algeria. Jordan's King Abdullah II met with Libyan General Khalifa Haftar and pledged his country's support in confrontation with "terrorist organizations."

IRAQI Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi made an in-person appeal to President Obama on Tuesday for more help defeating the Islamic State militants. The Reuters news agency announced that its Baghdad bureau chief has left Iraq after he was threatened on Facebook and denounced by a Shiite militia television station following a Reuters report alleged lynching and looting in Tikrit.

ASIAN FLYING CARP attacked Washington University's first-year men's rowing team.

A MOUNTAIN LION hung out under a Los Feliz home for a day.

DUCKS wandered around DC for no clear reason, like most.

A WHALE feared extinct washed up on an Aussie beach.

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Mavis Staples, Will Butler, DCFC, Seth Avett & Jessica Lea Mayfield, Monkeys   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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MIKAL CRONIN covers Big Star's “The Ballad Of El Goodo.”

MAVIS STAPLES advance streams her Your Good Fortune EP.

WILL BUTLER stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

SETH AVETT & JESSICA LEA MAYFIELD cover Elliot Smith at World Cafe.

SUFJAN STEVENS drops "Exploding Whale" as a tour single.

TWIN PEAKS has "Got Your Money" on the flip side of an orange Record Store Day single.

DRAMARAMA give you "Anything, Anything" and a "Last Cigarette" for Twofer Tuesday.

LAURA MARLING talks to Drowned In Sound about ditching a political album for a personal one.

THE UNOFFICIAL BOWIE: Biographer Chris O’Leary rounds up some of the best and most interesting Bowie oddities yet to be officially released.

WOLF ALICE talks to Drowned In Sound about their UK tour and upcoming LP.

MUMFORD & SONS: Not fans of Jay Z's new streaming service.

ANT-MAN has a new trailer online.

DRAKE recoiled from Madonna's kiss; he says it was the lipstick.

JUSTIN BIEBER was booted from Coachella after being placed in a chokehold.

GISELLE BUNDCHEN explains why she's quitting the runway.

IRELAND BALDWIN,  the 19-year-old daughter of Kim Basinger and ex-husband Alec Baldwin, checked into a drug and alcohol treatment center in Malibu over the weekend.

TORI SPELLING was rushed to hospital with severe burns and undergoes skin grafts after tripping and falling on a sizzling hot hibachi grill in a Japanese restaurant.

THE 100 BEST FILMS of the Decade, according to The A.V. Club.

RUSSIAN President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree lifting the country's ban on deliveries of high precision S-300 missile systems to Iran, in a move that drew criticism from the United States and Israel.

ISLAMIC STATE terrorists have lost control of up to 6500 square miles in Iraq, they have gained a bit of ground in Syria since last August, the Pentagon said Monday.

RESCUED MONKEYS, just snacking in their hammock.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: Of course, Florida takes their side.

A BIRD COLLAPSED: A British paramedic responded, thinking the call was about a woman.

AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT: A goat with a horn growing from its back.

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