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Raconteurs, Pure Bathing Culture, Mega Bog, Belle & Sebastian, Beagle   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, July 02, 2019 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

GARY WRIGHT will always be known as the "Dreamweaver," but add "Love is Alive" (with More Cowbell) and you have Twofer Tuesday.

THE RACONTEURS visit Morning Becomes Eclectic.

PURE BATHING CULTURE plays a Stereogum Session.

MEGA BOG covers Yukihiro Takahashi, Lady June and Kate Bush for a Lagniappe Session.

BELLE & SEBASTIAN return with "Sister Buddha."

TY SEGALL shares "Radio."

 

COURTNEY BARNETT joined WILCO for "Handshake Drugs" at the Solid Sound festival.

SLEATER-KINNEY: Janet Weiss leaves the band on the eve of a tour for their new LP.

A NEIL DIAMOND musical is headed for Broadway, according to the chair.

MITSKI is profiled by The New Yorker.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at The Eagles' country-rock ballad "Best Of My Love," their first-ever No. 1 hit.

 

AVENGERS: ENDGAME will not beat Avatar for now (though I wouldn't rule out another re-release nearer the end of the year).

SANDMAN: Neil Gaiman's beloved Vertigo comic is coming to Netflix.

AZIZ ANSARI is making a return to Netflix with a surprise special.

UTTERLY GOOPED:  Inside Gwyneth Paltrow's wacky wellness weekender.

THE LITTLE MERMAID:  Melissa McCarthy Jacob Tremblay, and Awkwafina are in talks to go under the sea for Disney's live-action remake of its animated classic.

OVERALL BOX OFFICE is down almost 10 percent at mid-year.

THE TALENT AGENCIES & THE WRITERS' GUILD are suing each other for alleged antitust violations.

 

THE GREAT ESCAPE (1963), as performed by a beagle.

WHEN YOU PICK UP YOUR DOG from the vet and he gives you that look, you know you're in trouble.

SPIDER-BEAR: A bear makes an impressively athletic leap from the deck of a British Columbia home to a tree before shimmying its way down.

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Busy pre-holiday weekend, but I have a few Things.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, July 01, 2019 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Toy Story 4 tops the chart with 58MM on a 52 percent drop from its debut; its domesic haul, boosted by strong weekday numbers, stands at 237MM, ahead of Toy Story 3's 226.8MMin its second frame. The long holdiday weekend should be good to Pixar.  Annabelle Comes Home places with 20.3MM, the lowest opening of The Conjuring universe; it will still profit against a reported 27MM budget, but look for this franchise to either slow its realeases or cut back on its budgets. Yesterday shows with 17MM against a 26MM budget; despite meh reviews, this could be Danny Boyle's most successful film after Slumdog Millionaire.  The Aladdin reboot breaks the 300MM mark domestically, grossing another 9.3MM in the fourth slot on a 29 percent drop.  The Secret Life of Pets 2 rounds out the Top Five with another 7MM on a 31 percent drop; it's vastly underperforming the original, but is still likely to profit.

TAYLOR SWIFT's catalog has been sold and she's none too happy about it.

SOPHIE TURNER & JOE JONAS had a second wedding ceremony in France.

ZOE KRAVITZ and Karl Glusman also had a second marriage ceremony in France; this one was at Lenny's pad in Paris.

TINA TURNER talked to CBS Sunday Morning about her voice, finding serenity and losing a son.

GAME OF THRONES' George R.R. martin is concerned about toxic fandom.

LORI LAUGHLIN is reportedly second-guessing a decision to turn down a plea deal in the college admissions scandal despite her belief that this is all a “huge misunderstanding.”

Should be back tomorrow with the regular portion, barring the unforeseen.

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Power Pop (Slight Return), Thom Yorke, BOCC, Metric, Skate Cats   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, June 28, 2019 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

THE WEEKEND STARTS HERE:

... 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."

THOM YORKE is streaming ANIMA.

BETTER OBLIVION COMMUNITY CENTER: Phoebe Bridgers & Conor Oberst visit KEXP.

METRIC visits KEXP.

LIAM GALLAGHER shares a new song, "The River."

THE SOFT CAVALRY shares “Never Be Without You.”

THE ISLEY BROTHERS: "Shout." Shindig. Friday. A little bit louder now.

THE BEST ALBUMS and SONGS of 2019, according to the NPR Music staff.

BOB MOULD, on coming out late in life: ‘Why didn't I do this a little sooner?’

RANCID, ranked by Brooklyn Vegan.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Linda Rondstadt's country-rock version fo the 1963 oldie "You're No Good."

NOW SHOWING:This weekend's wide realeases are Annabelle Comes Home, which is currently scoring 67 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; and Yesterday, which is scoring 63 percent. Avengers: Endgame boosts screens and adds an end credits scene in hopes of dethroning Avatar as the all-time domestic champ.

IDRIS ELBA is the cover story at Vanity Fair.

AMANDA BYNES may have graduated from  fashion school, she continues to seek treatment at a facility for her mental health struggles.

PAUL RUDD joins the Ghostbusters reboot.

SPIDER-MAN: Premiere Night at the Roxbury.

ONE DAY AT A TIME, canceled by Netflix, will get a fourth season at something called Pop TV before it airs on CBS (the network that aired the original version of the show).

ZOMBIE TIDAL WAVE: The Sharknado team is getting back together.

MAX WRIGHT, best known for playing patriarch Willie Tanner on the sitcom Alf, died Wednesday. He was 75.

CATS, skateboarding into a parking garage, presumably for some ramp action.

DUKE THE DOG is tubbing for the weekend.

SAY HELLO to my little friend...

A UTAH WOMAN was charged with letting her cat lounge on the front lawn.

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Betty Who, Ben Dickey, Faye Webster, Scooby Snack Theft   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

THE BLACK HOLLIES with the grainy, garagey "Tell Me What You Want".

BETTY WHO plays a Tiny Desk Concert.

BEN DICKEY visits World Cafe.

FAYE WEBSTER visits The Current.

NORTH MISSISSIPPI ALLSTARS & MAVIS STAPLES share The Staple Singers’ classic “What You Gonna Do?"

REDD KROSS shares "What's a Boy to Do?"

THE DRUMS share "Try."

 

KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD share the thrashy "Organ Farmer."

TOM WAITS on His Dream Dinner Party, His Legacy, and More.

SHEARWATER's Jonathan Meiberg talks to Goatpalace. (Thx, Frank Yang.)

THE BEST of 2019, according to renowned Chicago (via NJ & NY) music critics Greg Kot and Jim Derogatis.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at the Ohio Players' nasty funk workout "Fire."

 

EMMA STONE slipped and fell, spinning off big rumors.

BRITNEY SPEARS' conservatorship is suing the "Free Britney" movement's leader.

KATY PERRY & ORLANDO BLOOM are full speed ahead on wedding plans.

TOM HIDDLESTON on Life Before and After Loki.

TOM HOLLAND talks about being cut from Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse.

DANNY BOYLE on Yesterday, Bond 25, and The Beatles.

KEVIN SMITH responds to his critics, perhaps surprisingly.

BILLY DRAGO, who often played the charming but evil villain role and appeared in Brian De Palma’s The Untouchables and Clint Eastwood’s Pale Rider, died Monday in Los Angeles of complications from a stroke. He was 73.

 

SCOOBY SNACK snatch and grab.

TARANTULAS can swim.

ZOMBIE CICADAS: A fungus that is infecting cicadas, causing them to lose their minds, and their limbs.

THE ARIZONA BARK SCORPION carries her young on her back for the first few weeks of life. Like a schoolbus with pincers.

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Local Natives, Jonathan Rice, Mike Adams, Lynx   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, June 26, 2019 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

SOUTHSIDE JOHNNY & THE ASBURY JUKES play "Love on the Wrong Side of Town" for OGWT

LOCAL NATIVES visits Morning Becomes Eclectic.

JONATHAN RICE visits World Cafe.

MIKE ADAMS covers Electric Light Orchestra, Erin Tobey, Julieta Venegas, and The Wonders for a Lagniappe Session.

OH SEES share a new 21-minute psychedelic freakout: "Henchlock."

BRITTANY HOWARD of the Alabama Shakes shares "History Repeats."

 

PETER BUCK & SCOTT McCAUGHEY joined YO LA TENGO for Roky Erickson’s “Starry Eyes” and The Rolling Stones’ “19th Nervous Breakdown.”

R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe apparently has 18 solo songs ready to go.

THE DAY THE MUSIC BURNED: The NYT has identified 700 additional artists whose masters were destroyed in the 2008 Universal fire.

SPOON's Britt Daniel on their greatest hits, David Bowie, Pete Buttigieg, a new album, and more.

THE BANGLES' Susanna Hoffs describes how Prince worked his magic on the song "Manic Monday."

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Neil Sedaka's almost offensively bland "Laughter In The Rain."

 

GAME OF THRONES: Last Days On Set (and parting gifts).

CARDI B pleaded not guilty in state court Tuesday to attempted assault and various lesser charges.

AZIZ ANSARI plans to marry Danish physicist Serena Skov Campbell.

AMANDA BYNES has graduated from California's Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising after nearly five years of studying.

RYAN MURPHY will direct and produce the feature adaptation of the Tony-nominated stage musical The Prom and has secured a cast that puts Netflix in new starpower territory.

JUDI DENCH has spoken of her “agony” at the thought that the works of Kevin Spacey and Harvey Weinstein will be forgotten.

LEONARDO DiCAPRIO takes it in the face.

FARRAH FAWCETT-MAJORS died 10 years ago; Jaclyn Smith remembers her.

THE CURRENT WAR, long delayed due to the Weinstein scandal, has a trailer online.

 

A LYNX adopts three orphan kittens.

PUPPER takes a shower.

A KANGAROO is on the lam on I-41 in Grand Chute Wisconsin.

THE LAST OF ITS KIND: David Sischo is keeping vigil over a species' sole survivor, then marking its extinction in real time.

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