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Aretha Franklin, Nude Beach, Weyes Blood, Sharpless, Dog Team   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 08:00 AM
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Karl

FOXYGEN drops a clip for "Coulda Been My Love."

ARETHA FRANKLIN advance streams Aretha Franklin Sings The Great Diva Classics.

NUDE BEACH advance streams a double-LP, 77. Power. Pop!

WEYES BLOOD advance streams The Innocents.

SHARPLESS streams The One I Wanted To Be.

ROBERT POLLARD's newest guise, Ricked Wicky, has "Mobility" ahead of I Sell The Circus.

MAYER HAWTHORNE covers Rhianna's "Stay."

RANCID is "Already Dead" ahead of Honor Is All We Know.

THUNDERCLAP NEWMAN: Because there's "Something In The Air." And you know that it's right.

U2: NPR's Ann Powers writes of "The Dream Of Ridiculous Men."

IGGY POP, delivering the annual John Peel Lecture for BBC Music, criticized U2 and praised Thom Yorke (among others).

JOHN CONGLETON, musician and hot indie producer, talks to All Songs Considered about everything from The Ronettes' "Be My Baby" to "Grim Grinning Ghosts," the song that accompanies Disney World's Haunted Mansion ride.

BLACK FLAG's Greg Ginn is accused of child abuse by his ex-wife.

AMANDA BYNES is filled with anger as she sits in a Pasadena mental facility ... after her parents created an elaborate ruse to get her committed. He psych hold has been extended another two weeks.

KESHA claims in a lawsuit that she was sexually, physically, verbally and emotionally abused for 10 years by her producer, Dr. Luke, to the point where she nearly died. He's counter-suing, claiming she's a liar who is making up stories just so she can get out of her legally binding contract.

AMY POEHLER used cocaine, ecsatcy and mushrooms in her twenties.

PADMA LAKSHMI & RICHARD GERE have split after six months of dating.

RENE RUSSO revealed she's bipolar during a routine talk show appearance.

JAVIER BARDEM is in early talks to play the villain in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.

BILL MURRAY intends to star in a Christmas special for TV that will be directed by his Lost in Translation collaborator Sofia Coppola, where he’ll be performing classic carols.

TURKISH F-16 and F-4 warplanes have bombed Kurdish PKK rebel targets near the Iraqi border, as their ceasefire comes under increasing strain.

SYRIA's main opposition bloc failed to agree on a prime minister during a weekend summit in Turkey, participants said, the latest setback for a coalition long beset by internal divisions. American-led forces have sharply intensified air strikes in the past two days against Islamic State fighters threatening Kurds on Syria's Turkish border after the jihadists' advance began to destabilize Turkey.

IRAQ: Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno says he is only "somewhat" confident that the Iraqi army could defend Baghdad from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. The New York Times has published a piece about US and Iraqi troops repeatedly encountering--and occasionally being wounded by--chemical weapons remaining from years earlier in Saddam Hussein’s rule.  Aside from the tragic circumstances reprorted, the NYT also asserts "The United States had gone to war declaring it must destroy an active weapons of mass destruction program," and that "After the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Mr. Bush insisted that Mr. Hussein was hiding an active weapons of mass destruction program, in defiance of international will and at the world’s risk."  However, if you read the AUMF, you'll find no reference to active programs, but you will find references to stockpiles. If you read Pres. Bush's 2002 SOTU speech, there's no claim of an active program. Pres Bush's speech on Iraq to the United Nations includes no reference to an active program, but there is a reference to the stockpiles. And Pres. Bush's final speech before the invasion merely said "the Iraq regime continues to possess and conceal some of the most lethal weapons ever devised."  That said, Colin Powell accused Saddam Hussein and his regime of concealing their efforts to produce more weapons of mass destruction. And Pres. Bush's 2003 SOTU refers to not only Saddam's failure to account for materials related to chemical and biological weapons, but also to high-strength aluminum tubes suitable for nuclear weapons production--a claim that was later debunked. Saddam was obviously nowhere as close to restarting his nuclear program as Pres Bush and Condoleeza Rice feared (and made others fear). But it seems odd, or perhaps ironic, that the people often accused of having lied or misled the US into the invasion are now being accused of covering up Iraq's stockpiles of chemical weapons, when they were mentioned repeatedly as a public justification for military action. The tragedy here is that, based on the claimed stockpiles--some of which were apparently still dangerous--the US should have done a better job of protecting our troops who encountered them after the invasion, and a better job of keeping some of these stockpiles from falling into the hands of Islamic terrorists.

DOGS team up to retrieve a ball.

BIGGIE, a 37-lb cat, was turned over to the Riverside Cat Hospital on Saturday, constipated and breathing heavily.

OVER 50 SPERM WHALES rolled and played with dolphins last Monday a few miles off Laguna Beach, California, in what veteran whale watchers said today was the largest group so close to shore in decades.

A BRITISH PARROT named Nigel disappeared from his owner's home four years ago - then returned speaking Spanish. African Grey. Beautiful plumage.

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Beck, St Vincent, Belle & Sebastian, Unwound, Kangaroo Fight   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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TY SEGALL gets a jump on Halloween in "The Singer."

BECK plays a full set on Austin City Limits.

ST VINCENT and BELLE & SEBASTIAN played full sets at ACL Fest.

UNWOUND streams No Energy, a career-spanning anthology.

KING KHAN & THE SHRINES sing the theme from Squidbillies.

THE SUPREMES perform "You Keep Me Hangin' On" and "Somewhere" from West Side Story in October 1966 for Twofer Tuesday.

BONNIE 'PRINCE' BILLY talks to Aquarium Drunkard about  the “mind-blowing” pool of talent in Nashville, the nature of “God,” the internet, WTF with Marc Maron, and one of his favorite Samhain lyrics.

IAN CURTIS: The Joy Division frontman's writings are coming to print.

PINK FLOYD's enigmatic cover art, explained by artist Storm Thorgerson.

NORTHERN SOUL, remembered by The Observer as a new movie prepares to do the same.

PENELOPE CRUZ is Esquire's Sexiest Woman Alive for 2015.

STEPHEN COLLINS' wife accused the actor of using his famous role on 7th Heaven to gain the trust of two parents so he could molest their kid; if true it would mean he molested at least one child as recently as 2007.

KAT DENNINGS & JOSH GROBAN are an item.

MARTHA STEWART mocks GWYNETH PALTROW with a piece of pie.

ROBERT DOWNEY JR is close to signing on to...Captain America 3. Oh my.

KIRSTEN STEWART talks to The Daily Beast about the latest phase of her career.

THE AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS Nominees.

LIBYA: Sources said that Ansar al Sharia's leader for Benghazi, Mohammed al Zahawi, was wounded or killed in recent clashes at Benina Airport and has been taken to a Sirte hospital.

TURKEY denied Monday that it has reached any “new agreement” with the United States to allow the use of Incirlik Air Base in southern Turkey for attacks on the Islamic State militant group, despite suggestions from the Obama administration that a deal had been reached. Of course, it's also possible there is a deal and it was supposed to be kept quiet.

ISLAMIC STATE fighters on Monday seized control of an army base in western Iraq, the third to fall in three weeks, as Iraqi forces in the region appeared close to collapse despite U.S.-led airstrikes.  Pentagon officials said they do not believe it is appropriate to evaluate the current strategy based on Islamic State advances in either Anbar or in Kobani. The Islamic State jihadist group says that it has given Yazidi women and children captured in northern Iraq to its fighters as spoils of war, boasting it had revived slavery.

IRAQ: As many as 180,000 people have fled fighting between Iraqi forces and Islamic State militants in and around the city of Hit in western Anbar province, the UN says.

KANGAROO FIGHT: Who you got?

CRABZILLA: People have been flocking to a website to judge for themselves whether this picture shows a huge crustacean in shallow water at a harbour mouth in Kent or is just an elaborate hoax.

GIANT SQUID ATTACKS SUBMARINE: Somewhere, Capt. Nemo laughs at Greenpeace.

6,000 VENOMOUS SPIDERS infest a Missouri house.

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Glen Campbell, Thurston Moore, Neil Diamond, Horse Feathers, Bulldog Pup   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, October 13, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

GLEN CAMPBELL, stricken with Alzheimer's, delivers his swan song, "“I’m Not Gonna Miss You," a personal and professional retrospective.

THURSTON MOORE advance streams The Best Day.

NEIL DIAMOND advance streams Melody Road.

HORSE FEATHERS advance streams So It Is With Us.

MASTER MIX: Red Hot + Arthur Russell.

DAVID BOWIE drops the jazzy "Sue (Or in a Season of Crime)" as the lead-off track of his latest greatest hits comp.

GLADYS KNIGHT is backed on "Midnight Train to Georgia" by Jack Black, Ben Stiller and Robert Downey Jr., through the magic of CGI, to promote Tropic Thunder back in 2008.

THE REPLACEMENTS, At Their Best--And Worst.

U2 discusses the Ireland of their youth, their Apple album giveaway - and why Bono works with people he would have once loathed. Big Labor is less than thrilled with their stance on taxes.

THE ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME 2015 Nominees.

THE 100 BEST LPs of the 200s, according to PopMatters (Introduction, 100-81, 80-61, 60-41, 40-21, 20-1)

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Gone Girl repeats atop the chart with 26.8 million, on a leggy 29 percent drop from its debut. The Fincher flick has recouped its production budget domestically and has had a strong opening in overseas markets.  Dracula Untold places with 23.5 million against a 70 million budget. This is likely deeply disappointing to Universal, which hoped this pic would be the start of a series of reboots of their classic horror properties. Halloween receipts are yet to come, but this vampire seems likely to die short of the 200 million it likely needs to profit in cinemas. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day shows with 19.1 million and should have no problem profiting.  Annabelle drops to the fourth slot this weekend with 16.4 million and will likely be highly profitable, despite being an apparently bad spinoff of The Conjuring. The Judge debuts at the bottom of the Top 5 with 13.3 million, which isn't bad for a drama that has to compete with the hot Gone Girl, but an inauspicious start for Robert Downey, Jr.'s production company.

AMANDA BYNES has been placed on psychiatric hold for the second time. She was apparently lured to and nabbed in L.A.

ANGELINA JOLIE has been made an honorary dame by the Queen of England for services to UK foreign policy and the campaign to end war zone sexual violence.

MISTY UPHAM (Frozen River, August: Osage County) was last seen Oct. 5 and may be suicidal.

REESE WITHERSPOON: What she really wants to do is direct.

LEA SEYDOUX has reportedly been cast as the latest Bond girl.

COLLATERAL: A long read In Praise of Michael Mann's Action Odyssey, a Decade Later.

ARCHIE vs PREDATOR: Who You Got?

COLUMBUS DAY:  I get it as a holiday, so I thought a few words might be in order. Over the course of my life, I have seen the image of Columbus swing from unvarnished hero to genocidal criminal, and the subject of many misconceptions.  Columbus was certainly no sweetheart, but at the end of the 15th Century, it is fair to say that Europeans often did not treat each other all that well. Moreover, before the furriners showed up, Native North and South Americans engaged in tribal massacre, infanticide, scalping, human sacrifice, and the ritual skinning of slaves for their priests to wear. It was a far less civilized time all 'round. But the West is civilized today in part because of Columbus. Some four centuries-plus later, we all are still struggling to become more civilized, but focusing criticism o­n the more-civilized while giving the less-civilized a pass is not particularly useful to that struggle. 

HONG KONG police moved on Monday to remove some of the barricades erected by pro-democracy protesters.

TURKEY will allow American and coalition troops to use its bases, including a key installation within 160 kilometres of the Syrian border, for operations against Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq.

THE ISLAMIC STATE  has systematically separated young women and teenage girls from their families and has forced some of them to marry its fighters, and forced boys to convert to Islam, according to Human Rights Watch.

IRAQI officials have issued a desperate plea for America to bring US ground troops back to the embattled country, as heavily armed Islamic State militants came within striking distance of Baghdad. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey has revealed that the United States had to call in Apache helicopters to protect Baghdad's airport against the Islamic State.

A BULLDOG PUP learns to howl.

A LEECH was discovered inside a backpacker's nose. Khaaaan!

COWS IN DIAPERS protest new EU regs on cow dung

PLANET OF THE APES: A New York appeals court will consider this week whether chimpanzees are entitled to "legal personhood" in what experts say is the first case of its kind.

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Glen Campbell, Thurston Moore, Neil Diamond, Horse Feathers, Bulldog Pup   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, October 13, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

GLEN CAMPBELL, stricken with Alzheimer's, delivers his swan song, "“I’m Not Gonna Miss You," a personal and professional retrospective.

THURSTON MOORE advance streams The Best Day.

NEIL DIAMOND advance streams Melody Road.

HORSE FEATHERS advance streams So It Is With Us.

MASTER MIX: Red Hot + Arthur Russell.

DAVID BOWIE drops the jazzy "Sue (Or in a Season of Crime)" as the lead-off track of his latest greatest hits comp.

GLADYS KNIGHT is backed on "Midnight Train to Georgia" by Jack Black, Ben Stiller and Robert Downey Jr., through the magic of CGI, to promote Tropic Thunder back in 2008.

THE REPLACEMENTS, At Their Best--And Worst.

U2 discusses the Ireland of their youth, their Apple album giveaway - and why Bono works with people he would have once loathed. Big Labor is less than thrilled with their stance on taxes.

THE ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME 2015 Nominees.

THE 100 BEST LPs of the 200s, according to PopMatters (Introduction, 100-81, 80-61, 60-41, 40-21, 20-1)

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Gone Girl repeats atop the chart with 26.8 million, on a leggy 29 percent drop from its debut. The Fincher flick has recouped its production budget domestically and has had a strong opening in overseas markets.  Dracula Untold places with 23.5 million against a 70 million budget. This is likely deeply disappointing to Universal, which hoped this pic would be the start of a series of reboots of their classic horror properties. Halloween receipts are yet to come, but this vampire seems likely to die short of the 200 million it likely needs to profit in cinemas. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day shows with 19.1 million and should have no problem profiting.  Annabelle drops to the fourth slot this weekend with 16.4 million and will likely be highly profitable, despite being an apparently bad spinoff of The Conjuring. The Judge debuts at the bottom of the Top 5 with 13.3 million, which isn't bad for a drama that has to compete with the hot Gone Girl, but an inauspicious start for Robert Downey, Jr.'s production company.

AMANDA BYNES has been placed on psychiatric hold for the second time. She was apparently lured to and nabbed in L.A.

ANGELINA JOLIE has been made an honorary dame by the Queen of England for services to UK foreign policy and the campaign to end war zone sexual violence.

MISTY UPHAM (Frozen River, August: Osage County) was last seen Oct. 5 and may be suicidal.

REESE WITHERSPOON: What she really wants to do is direct.

LEA SEYDOUX has reportedly been cast as the latest Bond girl.

COLLATERAL: A long read In Praise of Michael Mann's Action Odyssey, a Decade Later.

ARCHIE vs PREDATOR: Who You Got?

COLUMBUS DAY:  I get it as a holiday, so I thought a few words might be in order. Over the course of my life, I have seen the image of Columbus swing from unvarnished hero to genocidal criminal, and the subject of many misconceptions.  Columbus was certainly no sweetheart, but at the end of the 15th Century, it is fair to say that Europeans often did not treat each other all that well. Moreover, before the furriners showed up, Native North and South Americans engaged in tribal massacre, infanticide, scalping, human sacrifice, and the ritual skinning of slaves for their priests to wear. It was a far less civilized time all 'round. But the West is civilized today in part because of Columbus. Some four centuries-plus later, we all are still struggling to become more civilized, but focusing criticism o­n the more-civilized while giving the less-civilized a pass is not particularly useful to that struggle. 

HONG KONG police moved on Monday to remove some of the barricades erected by pro-democracy protesters.

TURKEY will allow American and coalition troops to use its bases, including a key installation within 160 kilometres of the Syrian border, for operations against Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq.

THE ISLAMIC STATE  has systematically separated young women and teenage girls from their families and has forced some of them to marry its fighters, and forced boys to convert to Islam, according to Human Rights Watch.

IRAQI officials have issued a desperate plea for America to bring US ground troops back to the embattled country, as heavily armed Islamic State militants came within striking distance of Baghdad. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey has revealed that the United States had to call in Apache helicopters to protect Baghdad's airport against the Islamic State.

A BULLDOG PUP learns to howl.

A LEECH was discovered inside a backpacker's nose. Khaaaan!

COWS IN DIAPERS protest new EU regs on cow dung

PLANET OF THE APES: A New York appeals court will consider this week whether chimpanzees are entitled to "legal personhood" in what experts say is the first case of its kind.

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Spoon, Future Islands, OK GO, Obliterations, Magpie   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, October 09, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

THE NEW PR0NOGRAPHERS drop a video for "Dancehall Domine."

SPOON stops by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

FUTURE ISLANDS stopped by WFUV for a live session and conversation.

OK GO advance streams Hungry Ghosts.

OBLITERATIONS advance streams Poison Everything.

RARE EARTH: "I Just Want to Celebrate." Yeah, yeah.

J MASCIS discuss his family, zombies, and his favourite childhood records with 10-year-old Elliott for Little Punk People.

CARIBOU: Dan Snaith talks to Drowned In Sound about the making of Our Love.

HAMILTON LEITHAUSER talks about The Walkmen hiatus and his solo work with SPIN.

CABARET VOLTAIRE: discussed his influences at Music OMH. (Thx, LHB.)

STEPHEN COLLINS had fantasies about his then-unborn child? Collins denies it, of course. He also claims his estranged wife tried to peddle the confessional audiotape, while she is indignant that he's trying to make her villain. Meanwhile, Collins has been cut from...wait for it... Scandal.

PAULA PATTTON has filed for divorce from Robin Thicke.

AMANDA BYNES was caught by security at a trendy New York City store allegedly trying to steal merchandise. She also allegedly assaulted a woman who got too close in a nightclub.

JENNIFER LAWRENCE lists 5 things she's looking for in a boyfriend. Not a flattering portrait of Chris Martin.

GWYNETH PALTROW is trying to make lemonade from Martha Stewart's lemons.

ROBERT DOWNEY JR quietly confirms Iron Man 4...but is he in it?

GHOSTBUSTERS: The reboot is in tha hands of screenwriter Katie Dippold (The Heat).

UKRAINE: Hundreds of people have died in fighting in eastern Ukraine since a cease-fire was agreed to by the government and armed separatists last month, the United Nations reported Wednesday, saying it had also received reports of mass graves containing hundreds of bodies.

TURKEY: Prime Minister said Tuesday that Turkey would not get more deeply involved in the conflict with the Islamic State unless the United States agreed to give greater support to rebels trying to unseat the Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad. That has deepened tensions with President Obama, who would like Turkey to take stronger action against the Islamic State and to leave the fight against Mr. Assad out of it.

SYRIA: Rear Admiral John Kirby conceded that the process of vetting moderate Syrian rebel groups who will eventually serve as the “boots on the ground” in the campaign to fight the Islamic State inside their Syrian stronghold has not even begun. “We should all be steeling ourselves for reality,” he said, for the likelihood that ISIS will take the strategic border town of Kobane and other border towns.

IRAQ: Islamic State fighters executed 15 civilians in Mosul. The Islamic State shot down an Iraqi Army helicopter with a shoulder-fired missile and killed both crewmen near Bayji. The US launched five airstrikes against the Islamic State in Sinjar and Rabiah. The Iraqi military claimed it killed 30 Islamic State fighters in Tikrit.

MAGPIE vs CYCLIST in Australia, not Bodega Bay.

HAMSTER cured by faith healers.

GOLDFISH: Do they learn faster drinking vodka or bourbon?

RACCOON Rescued From Storm Drain.

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