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Forgot today was President's Day, or I would have made it a long weekend.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, February 17, 2020 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Sonic the Hedgehog tops the chart with 57MM, beating out Detective Pikachu for the biggest videogame movie debut evah. Surprisingly good news for Paramount, which could use some after Gemini Man, Terminator: Dark Fate, and Rhythm Section. Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey places with 17.1MM on a 48 percent decline from an already bad opening frame.  Fantasy Island shows with 12.4MM, a bit above expectations.  The Photograph is close behind in the fourth slot with 12.3MM.  Bad Boys for Life rounds out the Top Five with another 11.3MM on a leggy 6 percent drop and looks like it will top out right around 200MM domestic.

GEORGE WASHINGTON'S BIRTHDAY is observed today. Here's an inaccurate and profane tribute to the first US President.

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Not if you care for me   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, February 14, 2020 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


VALENTINE'S DAY: I've never been a big Valentine's Day guy, but I have always liked The Replacements' "Valentine" and Elvis Costello's cover of "My Funny Valentine."  Beyond that, my thoughts typically drift to the Velvet Underground's "I'll Be Your Mirror," The Beatles' "In My Life," and the Beach Boys' "God Only Knows." I think it's probably very difficult to write a straight-ahead, universal love song, and these three are great.


ANDY SCHAUF played "Neon Skyline" and "Try Again" for Kimmel.

STELLA DONNELLY covers John Paul Young's "Love Is In The Air."

THE OPPOSING VIEW:  Ever Fallen In Love? Love Stinks. Love Hurts. Love Will Tear Us Apart. Only Love Can Break Your Heart. And don't forget to give me back my black t-shirt (nsfw)

THE 100 BEST LOVE SONGS, according to The Telegraph.

THE TOP 50 LOVE SONGS, as measured by Billboard.

VH-1's 40 Awesomely Bad Love Songs.

THE WORST LOVE SONGS, according to faculty members of the University of St. Thomas’ Music Department.

NINE SONGS ABOUT SEEING YOUR EX MAKING OUT, courtesy of The A.V. Club. A hardy perennial.


NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases include Sonic the Hedgehog, which is currently scoring 65 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; Downhill, which is scoring 44 percent; The Photograph, scoring 79 percent; and Blumhouse's horror version of Fantasy Island, which was not advance screened for critics.

NO TIME TO DIE: Billie Eilish has shared the theme song for the next Bond flick.

MEGXIT: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have laid off their London staff.

JAMES BROWN: Prosecutor may investigate claim the Godfather of Soul was murdered.

THE BATMAN: Director Matt Reeves revealed the first look at Robert Pattinson as Batman in a camera test.

ALADDIN: The live-action reboot is getting a sequel.

JENNIFER ANISTON spent more time chatting to Mad Men's Jon Hamm than Brad Pitt at an Oscars afterparty.

ROMAN POLANSKI: The entire board of the Cesar Academy, which awards France's equivalent of the Oscars, resigned Thursday just two weeks ahead of its gala ceremony after Polanski's new film "An Officer and a Spy" topped the list of nominations for this year's Cesar awards, which will be handed out on February 28.  It feels like fallout from the Gabriel Matzneff scandal rocking France.

A GOONIES RE-ENACTMENT is the subject of a new pilot.

HUGH JACKMAN meeting a Wolverine fan is the best thing you will see today.


KUPATA guards the school crossing.

MAN & CAT reunite after seven years.

PLANTATION OWNERS profit by not persecuting primates.

"IT'S NOT FULLY KNOWN, but it’s thought that males put their energy into looking for females, not growing."

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Mount Eerie & Julie Dorion, Algiers, Love Songs, Woodpecker   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, February 13, 2020 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


ELVIS COSTELLO & THE ATTRACTIONS don't want to go to "Chelsea."

MOUNT EERIE & JULIE DORION play a Tiny Desk Concert.


THE LOVE SONG I WISH I'D WRITTEN, with answers from Matt Berninger, Phoebe Bridgers, M. Ward, and more.

BARTEES STRANGE covers The National's "About Today."


NICOLE ATKINS shares "Captain," ft Britt Daniel.

12 ESSENTIAL 1980s ALTERNATIVE ROCK ALBUMS, according to PopMatters.

MUSIC: A Subversive History.

FACTORY RECORDS: Gareth Murphy speaks to the key figures behind one of the world's most iconic labels.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Donna Summer's toot-toot beep-beep sex-work anthem "Bad Girls."


SOPHIE TURNER & JOE JONAS are expecting their first child together.

PRINCE HARRY was in talks with Goldman Sachs.

WES ANDERSON's The French Dispatch of the Liberty, Kansas Evening Sun has a trailer online.

JOAQUIN PHOENIX has his first post-Joker project.

ROSE McGOWAN wasn't impressed by Natalie Portman's Oscars "protest."

THE BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN is currently a bridesmaid.

RICK MORANIS is shrinking again.

TAIKA WATITI on the Oscars, Jojo Rabbit, Star Wars rumors, and more.


A WOODPECKER disturbed network coverage in California by storing over 300 pounds of acorns in a wireless antenna unit.

THIS COUPLE moved their rescued lamb into their house to help him walk again.

A MAMMAL that mates itself to death will struggle under climate change, scientists say.

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Andrew Bird, Overcoats, Michael Kiwanuka, Baby Elephant   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, February 12, 2020 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


PAUL COLLINS & PETER CASE, formerly of The Nerves, play "Hanging On The Telephone" in-store.


OVERCOATS visit World Cafe.

MICHAEL KIWANUKA visits Morning Becomes Eclectic.


THE STROKES share "At the Door."

WITH THE BEATLES, by Haruki Murakami.

12 CLASSIC SKA-PUNK LPs, according to Brooklyn Vegan.

ARTHUR BRIGGS: The jazz trumpeter who traveled from Harlem to Paris and ended up in a Nazi prison camp.

LADYSMITH BLACK MAMBAZO founder Joseph Shabalala has died at 78.



JUSSIE SMOLLETT was indicted Tuesday in Chicago by special prosecutor Dan Webb.

JON PETERS claims PAM ANDERSON married him to pay her debts.

THE OSCARS explains why Luke Perry was left out of the In Memoriam segment that aired during the ceremony on Sunday.

MACAULAY CULKIN & BRENDA SONG are planning a family of their own.

THE HUNT is muscling its way back on to the release calendar with a March 13 date.

ABRAHAM LINCOLN: Happy birthday to the 16th President of the United States. Even if you saw the Spielberg biopic, here are two things you may not have known about Honest Abe: (1) he was an early adopter of the telegraph; and (2) he once sported a punky haircut.


A BABY ELEPHANT's whole family helps him take his first steps.

A NEWLY-DISCOVERED T. REX is the "Reaper of Death."

A GUY drives 18 hours to save two baby cows.

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The Cure, Elkhorn, Baby Rose, U.S. Girls, Beluga Whale   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, February 11, 2020 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE BOOMTOWN RATS: Let's roll out "Rat Trap" and "Someone's Looking At You" for Twofer Tuesday.

THE CURE, live in Paris, 1979.

ELKHORN cover “Morning Dew,” "John Henry," and more in a Lagniappe Session.

BABY ROSE plays a Tiny Desk Concert.

JASON ISBELL returns with "Be Afraid."

PEARL JAM share a video for "Dance of the Clairvoyants."


U.S. GIRLS return with "4 American Dollars." 

AEROSMITH brings back Joey Kramer, without an audition.

ROBERTA FLACK: The Virtuoso.

ZIGGY MARLEY reflects on his father's legacy for his would-be 75th birthday.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Anita Ward's sexed up, absurdly catchy disco jam "Ring My Bell," and on the Disco Sucks movement that boiled up right after the song hit No. 1.


THE OSCARS reached all-time lows in the ratings, falling sharply from last year. And Ricky Gervais got in his licks on Twitter.


PARASITE may become an HBO series starring Mark Ruffalo.

BIRDS OF PREY: Marketing finally figured out it should be called Harley Quinn.

MEGXIT: The Duke, the Duchess, J-Lo and A-Rod.

LORI LAUGHLIN: The evidence in the college admissions scandal is mounting.


A BELUGA WHALE returns a women’s iPhone after she drops it into the water by accident in Hammerfest harbour, Norway.

THIS LITTLE BOY was terrified of dogs — until he met this senior pup.

BELGIAN MALINOIS, learning to fly.


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