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A saucerful of Thursday Things.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, May 21, 2020 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


I AM FORTUNATE to be working, but I got handed something urgent, so let's see what I have for now:

SIMON & GARFUNKEL tackle "Late In the Evening" in Central Park, circa 1981, iirc.

STEELY DAN, Live in London, 1974.

THE WAR ON DRUGS: Adam Granduciel virtually visits World Cafe.

DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS Patterson Hood and Jay Gonzalez play for WGBH.

JEFF ROSENSTOCK surprise releases No Dream.


PHOEBE BRIDGERS shares "I See You."

JARVIS COCKER talks about the challenges of trying to create live experiences during lockdown, rediscovering the joys of playing in a band again, making peace with your past body of work, and always looking for ways to make collaboration and creativity feel new.

DAVID BOWIE's favorite NYC sandwiches.

MARIANNE FAITHFULL has shared a message of thanks to the healthcare workers who aided her recovery from COVID-19, as well as her fans for offering their support.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Daryl Hall & John Oates' naggingly catchy doo-wop/new-wave hybrid "Private Eyes."


JUSTICE LEAGUE: The Snyder Cut is coming, and it will be "an entirely new thing."

JUDE LAW is expecting his first child with his wife Phillipa Coan, but sixth overall.

EXTRAS ON SET: Inside Hollywood's Pricey Plans to Restart Production.

BUT MOST will want to watch at home.

ANTEBELLUM has a new trailer online.

MARVEL has a secret, female-centric movie in the works at Sony.

MacGRUBER: Over the past 10 years, its absurdity and quotability has earned it cult classic status.


45 SECONDS of Awesome.

A NEW PARASITE that attaches to the genitals of its host has been discovered on Twitter.

A NEW MOUSE, more human than ever.

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Mid-week Things.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, May 20, 2020 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



JASON ISBELL & AMANDA SHIRES, Live at Brooklyn Bowl Nashville on May 15.

ARETHA FRANKLIN, Live at Fillmore West, March 7, 1971.

LANKUM plays a Tiny Desk Concert.

CHRISSIE HYNDE covers Bob Dylan's "Standing in the Doorway."


WILCO debuts a new track, “Tell Your Friends.”

GUIDED BY VOICES launches a subscription service.

BOB DYLAN contains multitudes.

PERFUME GENIUS: Mike Hadreas discusses his influences at Vulture.



BEN STILLER talks about the life and career of his father Jerry, the roots of the Frank Costanza character on ‘Seinfeld,’ and his decision to follow in the footsteps of his parents.

TOM HANKS's WWII battleship drama Greyhound will skip threaters and head for AppleTV.

BRAIN AUSTIN GREEN & MEGAN FOX officially split but he's not ruling out the chance of reconciliation.

TWILIGHT fans are mourning the death of Gregory Tyree Boyce at 30.

RONAN FARROW: Too Good To Be True?

JEREMY RENNER is accusing his ex-wife of misusing nearly 50K from their daughter's trust fund.

BATWOMAN loses its lead acress.

JUSTICE LEAGUE Is "The Snyder Cut" comng to HBOMax?

GAME OF THRONES, ranked at The Ringer.


A FALCON, nesting in a planter.

THE BELMONT STAKES will be a little lower this year.

THAT'S gotta be a big catfish.

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Eddie Haskell RIP, and Tuesday Things.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, May 19, 2020 - 01:23 AM
Posted by: Karl


STRAWBERRY ALARM CLOCK: "Incense and Peppermints" plus "Tomorrow" for Twofer Tuesday.

THE NATIONAL, Live From Best Kept Secret (June 9, 2018).

SPARKS visits World Cafe, sort of.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED does a special tribute to Little Richard.

BILLIE JOE ARMSTRONG covers Eric Carmen's "That’s Rock ‘n’ Roll."


MARK LANEGAN & COLD CAVE covered Joy Division's "Isolation" during a livestream tribute to Ian Curtis. Also: 40 unknown Unknown Pleasures factoids.

JANELLE MONAE visits Fresh Air.

DEVO's Mark Mothersbaugh shares the soundtrack of his life.And the synths that changed pop music.

WHY DOES Sad Music Make You Happy?

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Christopher Cross's Oscar-winning Burt Bacharach collaboration "Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)."


KEN OSMOND, best known for his role as the troublemaker Eddie Haskell on the television comedy "Leave It to Beaver," died on Monday morning. He was 76. Marc Maron paid tribute.

JOAQUIN PHOENIX & ROONEY MARA are expecting their first child.

COMMUNITY's cast reunited for a charity table read, with guest star Pablo Pascal (Game of Thrones, he Mandalorian), who loses it near the end.

CHARLIZE THERON has outtakes from the recent Mad Max: Fury Road story in the NYT.

JAIME KING files for divorce.

LYNN SHELTON, an indie filmmaker who helped popularize the mumblecore genre with works such as "Humpday" and "Your Sister's Sister," died Friday of a blood disorder. She was 54.

RYAN SEACREST did not have a stroke during the American Idol finale.

TOP GUN gets not one, but two essays at The Ringer.


THIS DOGGO can fetch.

MOOSE, a labrador retriever, received an honorary doctorate in veterinary medicine on Friday.

KEVIN THE GUINEA PIG helps out with distance learning.

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Fred Willard RIP, New Releases, and Monday Things.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, May 18, 2020 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


WE FIVE: Because "You Were On My Mind," natch.

NEW RELEASES: Paste points you to Jason Isbell, Perfume Genius, Charli XCX, and more.

BILL'S INDIE BASEMENT points you to Magnetic Fields, Public Practice, Sparks, and more.

HOP ALONG's Frances Quinlan played a Tiny Desk Concert.

SHARON VAN ETTEN & JOSH HOMME cover Nick Lowe's "(What’s So Funny ’Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding?"


PEOBE BRIDGERS is distantly profiled at The New Yorker.

BOB DYLAN's latest sounds a little familiar to some.

PHIL MAY, lead singer for the influential British Invasion-era rock band Pretty Things, has died at age 75. More at The Guardian.

DEVO's energy domes get a pandemic upgrade.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Diana Ross & Lionel Richie's drippy-ballad smash "Endless Love."


FRED WILLARD, the Emmy Award-nominated comic actor best known for his scene-stealing roles in Christopher Guest’s improvised ensemble film comedies like “Best in Show” and “Waiting for Guffman” and on sitcoms like “Modern Family” and “Everybody Loves Raymond,” died on Friday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 86.  Martin Mull, who worked with Willard in the 70s, offers a nice tribute.

PHYLLIS GEORGE, the 50th winner of the iconic Miss America pageant, pioneering sportscaster, and former First Lady of Kentucky, died Friday, May 14, following a long struggle with a blood disorder.

WILL FARRELL & RACHEL McADAMS shrae "Volcano Man" from their upcoming Netflix comedy, Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga.

TARA REID is being considered for the role of Joe Exotic's nemesis, Carole Baskin, in the live-action movie of the hit Netflix documentary series.

BRIAN AUSTIN GREEN & MEGAN FOX: Trouble in Paradise?

RYAN GOSLING is signed up to star in the film adaptation of “The Martian” author Andy Weir’s next novel, with Phil Lord and Chris Miller on board to direct.

JESSICA ALBA to Star in Netflix Action-Thriller ‘Trigger Warning.’

BATMAN & ROBIN's screenwriter apologizes.

BRUCE WILLIS gonna Bruce Willis.

STAR WARS: X-Wing jocks enter the "Danger Zone."

RON JEREMY wants to save a tree.


MERLIN tries to make friends with Tiffany. No mass hysteria.

A COW ON THE LAM for over a year was captured after a two-hour chase on the area known as the Grapevine on Interstate 5 Saturday morning.

SHELTERS often mislabel dog breeds. But should we be labeling them at all?

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Stevie Wonder, a Power Outage, and Friday Things.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, May 15, 2020 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with STEVIE WONDER! His session at the Beat Club includes "Intro Jam," "Contusion," "Higher Ground," "Dont You Worry ‘Bout A Thing," "I Can See The Sun In Late December," "He's Misstra Know-It-All," "Living For The City" and "Superstition."

A POWER OUTAGE: Being on pandemic lockdown isn't very fun, but it's even less fun when your power goes out, as mine did for the last eight hours.  So quickly, here are some things, just in case it goes out again.

BOB DYLAN's Rolling Thunder Review, in Fort Collins, Colorado, May 23, 1976.

CHERRY GLAZERR "visited" Rolling Stone for a virtual live session.

LOLA KIRKE covers Gary Stewart, Irma Thomas, Madonna and Samantha Mathis for a Lagniappe Session.


SOCCER MOMMY covers the Cars' "Drive."

THE ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME has been uploading a whole bunch of indiction speeches and performances

JASON ISBELL talks to Stereogum about his new LP, A Star Is Born, Squidbillies, and much more.

PETER HOOK will mark 40 years since the death of Ian Curtis by streaming a gig in which he played every Joy Division song with his band The Light.


CAN TENET & MULAN Succeed Even if Theaters Dramatically Slash Seating?

SCARFACE: The reboot will be directed by Call Me by Your Name filmmaker Luca Guadagnino from a Coen Brothers script.

MARKY-KATE's emergency divorce gambit fails.

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD Director George Miller is currently casting a prequel.

MISSION IMPOSSIBLE:  Christopher McQuarrie has exciting news, and a tease.

THE MATRIX 4 is looking to return to production in Berlin, Germany in early July.

MICHAEL MASDEN says disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein "never wanted" him in Quentin Tarantino's films.

MATT. DAMON. Says Self-Isolating in Ireland Feels ‘Like a Fairy Tale’: ‘It’s Been Incredible.’



A BORDER COLLIE runs the bike racks flawlessly.

BBC SPORTS COMMENTATOR holds a Zoom Call with his dogs.

SABRE-TOOTHED ANCHOVIES roamed the oceans 45 million years ago.

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