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Dick Van Patten & Don Featherstone, RIP   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, June 24, 2015 - 08:00 AM
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TUESDAY was a verrry slow news day...for ths ort of items typically posted here anyway.  But there are these notable passages:

DICK VAN PATTEN, who played the paterfamilias on the 1980s TV dramedy Eight Is Enough, died on Tuesday morning. He was 86.  I can't say I was a fan of the show, but he worked a lot in the late 70s and early 80s--and in that pre-cable, pre-internet era, if you worked regularly in movies and TV, you were a much bigger celeb than you would be nowadays.  

DON FEATHERSTONE, a classically trained painter, a talented sculptor and artist who became famous for creating the pink plastic lawn flamingo — the ultimate piece of American suburban kitsch, has passed away at 79.

See y'all tomorrow!

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Best Coast, Titus Andronicus, Tigers Jaw, Self Defense Family, Glider Cat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, June 23, 2015 - 08:00 AM
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BEIRUT parodies American Bandstand in the video for the title track to No No No.

BEST COAST performed at the recent Non-COMMvention of public-radio people in Philadelphia.

TITUS ANDRONICUS dropped a "mixtape" full of demos, live versions, and rehearsals.

TIGERS JAW streams their Studio 4 Acoustic Set.

SELF DEFENSE FAMILY advance streams Heaven Is Earth.

THE ATOM AGE drops "It's a Mess" ahead of Hot Shame.

CAT STEVENS performs energetic versions of both "The Wind" and "Moonshadow" in a single clip from 1976, just so for Twofer Tuesday.

CROCODILES talk to Drowned in Sound about their new LP.

PALMA VIOLETS' frontman Chilli Jessonshares the soundtrack of his life with NME.

CHVRCHES: Pitchfork interviews the band about the making of their next LP.

THE HORRORS are pofiled by Clashmusic. (Thx, Frank Yang.)

CHARLIE SHEEN went on a Father's Day rant against Denise Richards.

TAYLOR SWIFT whacked Apple Music over not paying labels during cutomers' trial periods; Apple Music reversed the decision.

P DIDDY was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon-- a kettlebell weight used to allegedly attack a UCLA football coach.

BRITNEY SPEARS and her boyfriend of eight months, Charlie Ebersol, have called it quits.

HUGH HEFNER is unhappy with Holly Madison's book about her time at the mansion.

JAMES HORNER,  the consummate film composer known for his heart-tugging scores for Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Field of Dreams, Braveheart and Titanic, for which he won two Academy Awards, died Monday in a plane crash near Santa Barbara. He was 61.

CHINA'S hacked the personal data of an estimated 18 million current, former and prospective federal employees were affected by a cyber breach at the Office of Personnel Management - more than four times the 4.2 million the agency has publicly acknowledged.

IRANIAN officials gave their strongest hints yet that talks over the Islamic theocracy’s nuclear program may stretch beyond a self-imposed June 30 deadline. Meanwhile, with some lawmakers chanting "Death to the America," Iran's parliament voted to ban access to military sites, documents and scientists as part of a future deal with world powers over its contested nuclear program.

IRAQ: The U.S. military and Iranian-backed Shiite militias are getting closer and closer in Iraq, even sharing a base, while Iran uses those militias to expand its influence in Iraq and fight alongside the Bashar al-Assad regime in neighboring Syria.

A CAT stowed away on a glider.

FERAL CATS are taking over - and stinking up - the suburban Cincinnati village of St. Bernard.

WHALE SHARKS are not surfboards, Dude.

A GOAT BEAUTY PAGEANT is a tradition in the Lithuanian village of Ramygala.

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Joy Williams, Matt Pond PA, Neil Young, Four Tet, Velvet Teen, Sea Otter   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, June 22, 2015 - 08:00 AM
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WILCO covers Pavement's "Cut Your Hair." And the crowd goes wild.

JOY WILLIAMS is advance streaming Venus.

MATT POND PA is advance streaming The State Of Gold.

NEIL YOUNG is advance streaming The Monsanto Years.

THE VELVET TEEN is advance streaming All Is Illusory.

FOUR TET has digitally released Morning/Evening.

100 HOURS OF PROTEST MUSIC, streaming from NPR.

SPOON crashed a Spoon cover band's set in Maine.

DURAN DURAN drops "Pressure Off," ft. Janae Monáe and Chic guitarist Nile Rodgers.

MERCURY REV drops "The Queen of Swans." (on the Cocteaus' label, Bella Union)

BRANDON FLOWERS joins HUEY LEWIS & THE NEWS for a soulful rendition of "Do You Believe In Love?" that might surpass the original.

EDDIE VAN HALEN is profiled by Chuck Klosterman and it's full of odd tidbits. The opening line: "Eddie Van Halen doesn't listen to music."

THE LIBERTINES: Carl Barat and Pete Doherty talk to NME about their reunion, Thailand and more.

GREGG ALLMAN talks to The Guardian about his later brother Duane, hearing Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf and starting up a new band.

THE GREATEST PROG ROCK ALBUMS, according to Rolling Stone.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Jurassic World repeats atop the chart with 102MM on a 51 percent drop.  It will break the 400MM mark domestically tomorrow, and likely 450MM by the weekend; only four other films have made that much.  It will also break a billion worldwide in that time.  Pixar's Inside Out places with 91MM, but that's some second place!  Analysts thought this would open somewhere around 60-65M; but near-unanimous good reviews and an "A" Cinemascore made this movie the biggest ever to not open at number one. Spy showed with 10.5MM on the leggy 33 percent drop one hopes to see from a comedy; it should make the extra 50MM it needs to profit on the big screen.  San Andreas takes the fourth spot wit h8.2MM on a 24 percent drop, after taking a beating from Jurassic World's debut.  The Rock will surely profit before the home market.  The debut of Dope rounds out the Top 5 with 6MM, a bit less than the 8-10MM tracking numbers.

MILEY CYRUS is dating Victoria's Secret Angel Stella Maxwell, friends say.

KIM KARDASHIAN & KANYE WEST's second child will be a boy.

PRINCE HARRY has been busy spending his time with Doctor Who star Jenna Coleman.

CHRIS PRATT wants to be objectified more.

CHARLIZE THERON iced out SEAN PENN before breaking off their relationship.

JAKE LLOYD: The boyish Anakin Skywalker turns to the dark side in a crazy car chase.

WARREN SAPP has been named a suspect in a domestic violence investigation in Las Vegas.

PHIL AUSTIN, 74, the founding member of The Firesign Theater who created and voiced the wacky detective Nick Danger, died Friday in Fox Island, Wash.

ISLAMIC FUNDAMENTALISM is sharply increasing in influence in mosques and on the streets of France, Germany and Britain.

AFGHANISTAN: The Taliban splinters as ISIS makes inroads.

IRAN: The State Department said Iran’s support for terrorism was “undiminished” in 2014, and the U.S. remains very concerned about the activities of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards and its proxies in the Middle East.  The nuke deal will be awesome.

A SEA OTTER on Kiss-cam at the Oregon Zoo.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: A militant rodent disrupted the Phillies-Cardinals game, attacked Chase Utley.

A RACCOON gets wasted in a beer distributorship.

A 150-LB TORTOISE had to be put down in California.

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Wilson Pickett, Heartless B's, Telekinesis, FFS, Hop Along, Corgis   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, June 19, 2015 - 08:00 AM
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THE WEEKEND STARTS HERE...

...with the wicked, wicked WILSON PICKETT, live from Germany, circa 1968. This disappeared from the Tube, but I've managed to find almost all of it reposted there or elsewhere.  His band warms up the crowd with the instrumental "Soulfinger," but Pickett electrifies from the moment he enters for "Everybody Needs Somebody" and doesn't let up through "Ninety-Nine and a Half (Won't Do)," "Mustang Sally" and "Stagger Lee." He takes it down just a half-notch for "I'm In Love" before cranking it back into top gear for "Funky Broadway," during which people dancing in front of the stage start turning up o­nstage (And why not? This rawks almost as hard as The Who's cover of "Shakin' All Over").  The tumultuous finale of "Land of 1000 Dances" from amid the crowd remains missing, but this other "Land of 1000 Dances" from 1966 is almost as wild, and in color to boot. Raw and riveting; if this can't put you in a weekend state of mind, probably nothing can

HEARTLESS BAST^RDS played a mini-set at Philadelphia's Non-COMMvention.

TELEKINESIS performed an all-acoustic solo set on KEXP

FFS stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

HOP ALONG performed live at KEXP’s "Hood-to-Hood 2015: West Seattle Day."

CLEARANCE drops “You’ve Been Pre-Approved" ahead of Rapid Rewards. 

FOUNTAINS OF WAYNE play "It Must Be Summer" unpluggedy.

PAVEMENT: Stephen Malkmus and Spiral Stairs talk to Pitchfork about the band's upcoming rarities compilations.

NICK CAVE is mounting a seven-month-long art project in Detroit.

BON IVER criticizes Apple Music's streaming service and praises Spotify

GENE WEEN talks to Stereogum about his Billy Joel tribute band. 

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases include Pixar's Inside Out, which is currently scoring 99 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; and Dope, currently scoring 91 percent.

INSIDE OUT is Pixar's best film since Toy Story 3. It has some great jokes and is as wildly inventive as the mind of an 11-year-old (where most of the movie is set). The animation is gorgeous, per usual. It has a rather sophisticated moral for a family film (indeed, one that might affect its box office).  And yet it does not rank with the Toy Story franchise, or The Incredibles, Up, Finding Nemo or Monsters, Inc. (which shares a director, Pete Docter).Why? Because of the inherent limits of the movie's concept.  When most of your characters are emotions, it is difficult for them to express character beyong their respective base emotions without straining the suspension of disbelief.  It is a tribute to Docter and the voice talent that they succeed as often as they do at it.

BRIAN WILLIAMS and NBC have come to a tentative agreement that will keep Williams at the network after his six-month suspension ends in August. His portfolio will include a position on MSNBC, where there's apparently less concern with credibility. I'm sure the folks at MSNBC love Comcast for this.

MARGOT ROBBIE: Engaged?

DONALD TRUMP appears to have paid actors to cheer for him at his Presidential campaign launch. 

ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER pranks people for charity.

SANDRA BULLOCK ruined Michael Oher's football career. 

DAN ACKROYD vouches for the Ghostbusters reboot, in which he presumably has a financial interest. 

KUNG FU PANDA 3 dropped its first trailer online. 

CHINA: The massive hack of US federal employee and military data at OPM happened in part because the data was not encrypted and some IT contractors were located in the People's Republic of China.

IRAQ: At a Congressional hearing focused on the strategy for Iraq, the Pentagon conceded that the hope for a multi-sectarian, unified Iraq is becoming a less likely outcome. More likely, they said, is a three-way split of the country. 

CORGIs Chase a Camera

A BEAVER was removed from the parking lot of the Chick-fil-A in Bellevue, Wash.

A SQUID cuddles for hours afterwards.

A 333-LB HALIBUT: Sure, but the one that got away...

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Villagers, Patrick Watson, C P Stelling, Hop Along, Baby Chick   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, June 18, 2015 - 08:00 AM
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WIRE recruited Jeff and Sam Tweedy, Bob Weston (Mission of Burma) and many more to help perform the art-punkers' "Pink Flag" in Chicago.

VILLAGERS stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

PATRICK WATSON stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

CHRISTOPHER PAUL STELLING performs in the WNYC Soundcheck studio.

HOP ALONG performs in the WNYC Soundcheck studio.

CRAIG FINN of The Hold Steady drops  "Newmyer's Roof," ahead of his solo LP, Faith In The Future.

EARLY GHOST drops a groovy new single “Now I Always Wonder If I Like It Here.”

PARQUET COURTS drops a cover of Joey Pizza Slice’s “Pretty Girls."

THE MUSIC EXPLOSION: "Little Bit O'Soul."

WOLF ALICE: The Best of What's Next.

LUNA: Dean Wareham's reunion tour diary.

THE NATIONAL's Bryce Dressner talks to Drowned In Sound about his solo work.

TORTOISE: Doug McCombs gives a rare interview to Mogwai's Stuart Braithwaite.

SEAN PENN & CHARLIZE THERON have broken off their engagement and called it quits.

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD's main stunt doubles got married after meeting on set.

EMMA STONE talks to the WSJ about working with Woody Allen, the story behind that Andrew Garfield paper bag and her next project: a musical with Ryan Gosling.

BEN AFFLECK & JENNIFER GARNER: Trouble In Paradise?

THE WALKING DEAD'S Emily Kinney and Norman Reedus are seeing each other.

JENNIFER LAWRENCE & CHRIS PRATT are banking big paydays to make Passengers.

TOMMY CHONG is battling cancer once again.

RUSSIA announced that it will expand its nuclear arsenal, sparking concerns about a renewed arms race as old Cold War rivals Moscow and Washington plan to increase their military capacity amid rising tensions over Ukraine.

IRAN and six powers are still apart on all main elements of a nuclear deal with less than two weeks to go to their June 30 target date and will likely have to extend their negotiations, two diplomats tell The Associated Press.. US Secretary of State John Kerry signaled for the first time on Tuesday that the United States was prepared to ease economic sanctions on Iran without fully resolving evidence suggesting that Iran's scientists have been involved in secret work on nuclear weapons. The supposed framework actually required the IAEA's concerns about PMDs to be addressed before sanctions relief.

IRAQ: The U.S. will fall way short of meeting its goal of training 24000 Iraqi forces to fight Islamic State militants by this fall, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Wednesday on Capitol Hill.

A BABY CHICK with separation anxiety.

A CHEETAH EXHIBIT is not a place to drop your son. The More You Know.

CHINESE POLICE DOGS form a chow line.

A CHIHUAHUA PUP taken in a burglary has been reunited with its owners after the search for her went viral on Facebook.

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