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Actually had to take a personal day...   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, June 22, 2016 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

KarlBUT it was a fairly slow news day, and I should be back Thursday with the usual.

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Avett Brothers, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Last Shadow Puppets, Pig's Tail   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, June 21, 2016 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


DINOSAUR JR drops a video for "Tiny," featuring J Mascis and his dog skateboarding.

THE AVETT BROTHERS advance stream True Sadness.

SHARON JONES & THE DAP-KINGS play a full set at  BRIC’s Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival.

THE LAST SHADOW PUPPETS stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

FEW BITS share "Anyone Else" ahead of Big Sparks.

THE YOUNG FRESH FELLOWS, cranking out "I Don't Let The Little Things Get Me Down" and "Rock & Roll Pest Control" raw for Twofer Tuesday.

ZIGGY STARDUST: How Bowie Created the Alter Ego That Changed Rock.

EIGHT DAYS A WEEK: Ron Howard drops a trailer for his touring Beatles documentary.

QUASI, ranked by the founding members of Domino records.

THE LUMINEERS talk to The Guardian about trying to avoid a sophomore slump.

ANTON YELCHIN: The Jeep SUV that crushed  the Star Trek actor this weekend had been flagged by the automaker for a problem that could cause the vehicle to roll away.

TOM HIDDLESTON does a revealing photoshoot for W magazine.

IGGY AZALEA & NICK YOUNG have officially called it quits.

CAITLYN JENNER had a quiet father's day with Kylie.

MISS PERGRINE's HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN has a second trailer online.

WESTWORLD: The HBO series reboot of the Crichton classic has a teaser trailer online.

IRAN: The Obama administration has concluded that uranium particles discovered last year at a secretive Iranian military base likely were tied to the country’s past, covert nuclear weapons program, current and former officials said, a finding that contradicts Tehran’s longstanding denials that it was pursuing a bomb.

IRAQ: The sound of gunfire and explosions echoed through Fallujah’s streets Saturday as security forces battled to oust the remaining militants a day after Iraq declared victory over the Islamic State in the city.


A STARVING WOLF stalked a woman and her dog for 12 hours. Then along came a bear.

WINE FOR CATS, containing organic catnip.

A CAT ISLAND seeks aid.

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Mudcrutch, Waxahatchee, Joseph, Elephants   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, June 20, 2016 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


DESCENDENTS drop a video for "Victim of Me" ahead of Hypercaffium Spazzinate.

MUDCRUTCH stopped by the World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

WAXAHATCHEE streams Early Recordings.

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

KIRSTEN DUNST covered The Vapors' "Turning Japanese" as an art video. Really.

LED ZEPPELIN: The "Stairway to Heaven" trial covered chord progressions and earnings.

MEAT LOAF is reported to be “stable and in good condition” after collapsing during a concert in Edmonton, Canada, on Thursday night.

P.M. DAWN's Attrell Cordes, a/k/a Prince Be, has died at age 46 from complications due to diabetes.

DAD ROCK: A Father's Day mini-doc from Pitchfork.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Finding Dory easily topped the chart with 136MM, roughly 25MM in excess of projections. It could be Disney's fourth billion-dollar film this year (which in turn depends on where The Jungle Book finishes worldwide). Central Intelligence placed with 34MM, about where Kevin Hart and Dwane Johnson bro comedies open, and should profit nicely against a 50MM budget, especially with The Rock juicing foreign markets. The Conjuring 2 showed with 15.6MM on a 61 percent drop; that's probably not bad given the competition and 71MM domestic so far against a 40MM budget is probably alright as foreign markets have already taken in another 116MM. Now You See Me 2 takes the fourth slot with 9.7MM on a 57 percent drop and has a much longer journey to profitability.  Warcraft rounds out the Top Five with 6.5MM on a 73 percent drop in its second fram; with only 37MM domestic, the epic 339MM coming in from overseas is saving this from being a nuclear bomb against a 160MM production budget.  Below the fold, 364MM in overseas grosses are also bailing out X-Men: Apocalypse.

ANTON YELCHIN, known for his roles in Star Trek (Chekhov) and Alpha Dog, was killed early Sunday morning after getting pinned by his own car. He was 27.

THE CLOWN WHO CRIED: 30 minutes of Jerry Lewis' legendarily awful Holocaust drama have been assembled online.

TAYLOR SWIFT dumped Calvin Harris in a phone call, which is stunning because she was angry when Joe Jonas did the exact same thing to her. 

EDDIE REDMAYNE and his wife Hannah have welcomed their first child, a daughter.

RON LESTER, the actor best known for playing Billy Bob in Varsity Blues, died Friday evening of liver and kidney failure.  He was 45 years old. 

MARY ANN KING, who peered through her “Magic Mirror” to host the children's TV show “Romper Room” in Los Angeles, has died. She was 82. 

BELGIAN authorities charged three men with terror-related crimes after two days of raids and the detention of 40 people in a major investigation which they said required "immediate intervention" because they feared a new attack was close.

AN EMBARRASSED ELEPHANT's mating attempt goes horribly wrong amid an episode of diarrhea.

DISNEY WORLD ignored warnings that guests were feeding alligators at the park and the areas along the lagoon where a 2-year-old was snatched, according to reports.

GATOR-HUMAN CONFRONTATIONS: The confluence of preservationism and suburban sprawl.

A COLORADO MOM saved her 5-year-old son's life by prying his head from a mountain lion's mouth after the animal attacked the boy in their front yard.

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Power Pop (Redux), Deerhoof, Oh Pep!, Lake Ruth, Ostrich   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, June 17, 2016 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



... with POWER POP (REDUX)! For whatever reason, I have considered Summer the ideal season for gems like Badfinger's "No Matter What" (which Pate covered on occasion) and "Baby Blue", and even Todd Rundgren's "I Saw the Light" and Cheap Trick's "I Want You to Want Me."  Ditto for more obscure tracks like The Rubinoos "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend" (see also their vintage cover of "Please Please Me"), Off Broadway's "Stay In Time" and "Full Moon Turn My Head Around," and Pezband's "Baby It's Cold Outside" and "Close Your Eyes."

DEERHOOF advance streams The Magic.

OH PEP! advance streams Stadium Cake.

LAKE RUTH advance streams Actual Entity.

MARISA ANDERSON advance streams Into the Light.

PETER GABRIEL shares "I'm Amazing," his first new song in almost two years.

FREE: "All Right Now." Wouldn't be Summer without it.

PATTI SMITH talks to The Guardian about life as an outsider, New York's scuzzy past and why she loves Peter Pan.

LED ZEPPELIN guitarist Jimmy Page took the stand in a copyright lawsuit, defending himself against allegations he ripped off the famous opening guitar chords from the band’s epic hit “Stairway to Heaven.” 

THE SMITHS' The Queen is Dead turns 30 and is the subject of a Pitchfork mini-doc.

PETER BJORN & JOHN talk to Paste about the making of Breakin’ Point.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases are: Finding Dory, which is currently scoring 95 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; and Central Intelligence, scoring 58 percent.

JOHNNY DEPP's camp claims he Amber Heard both want to end their war and settle everything connected with their relationship, so Johnny's lawyers are requesting the courtroom battle set for Friday be postponed (Depp got a continuance; he gets one as a matter of right). Amber Heard's camp denies a settlement is in the works.

KIM KARDASHIAN WEST is GQ's cover story. (NSFW)

ASHTON KUTCHER & MILA KUNIS are expecting their second child.

JENNIFER ANISTON denied pregnancy rumors.

AMY SCHUMER is profiled in Vogue.

ANN MORGAN GUILBERT, beloved as the next-door neighbor Millie on The Dick Van Dyke Show, has died of cancer.

SYRIA: More than 50 State Department diplomats have signed an internal memo sharply critical of the Obama administration's policy in Syria, urging the United States to carry out military strikes against the government of President Bashar al-Assad to stop its persistent violations of a cease-fire in the country's five-year-old civil war.

AFGHANISTAN: The Taliban's warm-weather offensive has shown the insurgents to be bolder and better organized, holding more territory now than at any time since 2001.

A RUNAWAY OSTRICH disrupted traffic in Kuala Lumpur on Thursday afternoon, as it dashed down the capital's Federal Highway, causing a stir among motorists and social media users alike. 

SQUIRREL vs DOG: Who You Got?



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Band of Horses, Vetiver, All Songs Considered, Pool Dog   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, June 16, 2016 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


NICO YARYAN dropped a video for “You Belong To Me."

BAND OF HORSES visited Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

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

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: Tracks from The Tallest Man on Earth, Charles Bradley, Lisa Hannigan, and more feature in the latest episode.

MOON BROS shares the title track to "These Stars."


LED ZEPPELIN: The "Stairway To Heaven" lawsuit may be headed for a mistrial.  In 2014, The Guardian had Jimmy Page and others explain the song's magic.

BOB GELDOF and Nigel Farage faced off in a Brexit boat battle. And there was music.

THE BEST of 2016 (So Far), according to Stereogum.

LINCOLN "CHIPS" MOMAN - the producer, musician and songwriter who recorded the Box Tops, Bobby Womack, Mark Lindsay, Joe Tex, Wilson Pickett, and Petula Clark, helped Elvis Presley engineer a musical comeback in the late 1960s, then moved to Nashville to record Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and other top country performers, as well as co-writing some of the best loved soul songs of all time – died on Monday in LaGrange, Georgia. He was 79.

AMBER HEARD and two of her friends are ready to publicly testify about Johnny Depp's alleged abuse in an L.A. court showdown on Friday.

TAYLOR SWIFT & TOM HIDDLESTON were caught canoodling in Rhode Island.

KIM KARDASHIAN talks about shedding baby weight.

JENNIFER ANISTON doesn't talk about possibly adding baby weight.

CHARLIE SHEEN delivers an update on his HIV treatment.

NETFLIX: Too successful for its own good?

BEYA: Socially awkward, or just waiting for the ball?

AN ALLIGATOR dragged a toddler into a lagoon at a Disney hotel in Orlando.

A BEAR was spotted outside an Arby’s restaurant in Leesburg, VA. That bear has it figured out.

PUPPY BREATH: Why is it so sweet?

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