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So I got my first new phone since 1994, but I have Things.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, January 14, 2020 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

UPGRADING a 3G flip-phone on a 10-dollar unlimited plan turns out to be tricky and time-consuming.  Fortunately, Monday turned out to be a slow "news" day, so let's get to it.

LIZ PHAIR: "Jealousy." It sneers like she does.

THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS unveiled the new "2082" at the Bowery Ballroom.

THE 80 BEST ALBUMS OF THE 1980s, according to Paste.

THE NUMBER ONES revisits perhaps the least organic #1 single of its era, Barbra Streisand and Neil Diamond's "You Don't Bring Me Flowers."

QUEEN ELIZABETH issued a public statement following a two-and-a-half-hour discussion on Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's decision to step down as senior royals.

THE OSCAR NOMINATIONS went to these folks. Congrats!  The NYT surveys the snubs and surprises.  And here's Adam Sandler.  Also, Netflix got 22 nominations, but I wonder whether bias in the Academy will wind up hurting films like The Irishman.

MORBIUS: Marvel's Spider-Verse vampire has a teaser trailer online.

ABBY HUNTSMAN announced she's leaving “The View” to work with her father, Jon Huntsman Jr., during his campaign for governor of Utah.

BRITNEY SPEARS is exhibiting her paintings in France.

More tomorrow, I think.

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Neil Peart RIP   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, January 13, 2020 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


NEIL PEART, the pyrotechnical drummer and high-concept lyricist for the Canadian progressive-rock trio Rush, died from brain cancer on Tuesday in Santa Monica, Calif. He was 67.  The Rolling Stone obit touches a bit on the personal tragedies in Peart's life.  Peart was an unassuming, thunderous drummer who became a music legend. The tributes have poured in from social media.  Here are 10 moments of Peart and Peart-nspired awesomeness. The NYT discusses 10 essential tracks.  And here are all 180 Rush songs, ranked at Thrillist.

NEW RELEASES: Paste will point you to Beach Slang, Paul Kelly, Alexandra Savior, and more.

BILL'S INDIE BASEMENT will point you to Field Music, The English Baroque Sound, The Durutti Column, and more.

THE BOOMTOWN RATS return with "Trash Glam Baby."


JENNY LEWIS shares "Under the Supermoon."

PEARL JAM is teasing something.

JIMMY IOVINE Knows Music and Tech. Here's Why He's Worried.

WANTED: A Home for Three Million Records.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Donna Summer's triumphant disco cover of Richard Harris' strange '60s psychedelic easy-listening smash, "MacArthur Park."


WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: 1917 rides awards buzz to the top of the chart with 36.5MM in its first weekend of wide release; it could hold well over the upcoming MLK Day weekend.  The Rise of Skywalker places with 15MM on another 56 percent drop; it's playing more like Rogue One than The Last Jedi and will tap out somewhere around 520-530MM domestic (TLJ made it to 600MM iirc).  Jumanji: The Next Level shows with 14MM on a 47 percent drop and looks to tap out around 300MM domestic.  Like A Boss debuts in the fourth slot with 10MM, which is not great against a 30MM budget.  The wide expansion of Just Mercy rounds out the Top Five with 10MM and will likely get a bump from the upcoming holiday weekend.

1917 Is Based On a Harrowing True WWI Story From Director Sam Mendes's Grandfather.

QUEEN ELIZABETH has ordered that the row over the future roles of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex be resolved within the next 72 hours amid speculation that Prince Harry could leave Britain as early as next week.  Britons want Prince Harry and Meghan Markle stripped of their royal titles, according to a new poll.  But the story of Markle doing a voice over for Disney -- in return for a charity donation to Elephants Without Borders -- seems a little overblown.

THE CRITICS' CHOICE AWARDS went to these folks. Congrats!

SILENCE OF THE LAMBS sequel Clarice is set at CBS.

WILL SMITH raps up his career in 150 seconds.

THE CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA promotes season three with a music video.

BULLITT: The original Steve McQueen-driven, 1968 Highland Green Mustang sold for 3.74MM at auction.

BATMAN's Burt Ward was advised to take pills inducing shrinkage back in 1966.


A KOALA among Australia's burned-out forest takes the hand of a human rescuer.

BABY KANGAROOs orphaned in Australia's wildfires are being rescued and cared for.

THOUSANDS OF KILOS OF CARROTS & SWEET POTATOES are being delivered to endangered Brush-tailed Rock-wallabies in fire affected areas as the NSW Government steps in to help.

WHO WILL MOURN Australia's Velvet Worms?

A WOMANIZING TORTOISE whose rampant sex life may have single-handedly saved his entire species from extinction has retired from his playboy lifestyle, returning to the wild with his mission accomplished.

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R.E.M., The Growlers, Hiss Golden Messenger, !!!, Condor   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, January 10, 2020 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



... with R.E.M.!  Live in Germany circa 1985, more complete than what has previously turned up on the Tube. Songs include "Feeling Gravity's Pull," "Harbourcoat," "Sitting Still," "Maps & Legends," "Fall On Me," "Green Grow The Rushes," "Driver 8," "Hyena," "So. Central Rain," CCR's "Have You Ever Seen The Rain," "Can't Get There From Here," Roger Miller's "King Of The Road," "Seven Chinese Bros.," "Auctioneer," "Old Man Kinsey," "Little America," "Pretty Persuasion, " "Theme From Two Steps Onward," Aerosmith's "Toys In The Attic," and Television's "See No Evil." Plus, previously unlinked here: "Second Guessing," "Ghost Riders In The Sky," "(Don't Go Back to) Rockville," "We Walk/ Behind Closed Doors" and "Paint It Black."

THE GROWLERS visit World Cafe.


!!! visits KEXP.

NICK CAVE: Stranger in a Strange Land.


BAY CITY ROLLERS: The immortal genius of "S-A-T-U-R-D-A-Y... NIGHT!

DAVID BOWIE, SIR GEORGE MARTIN, and GEORGE MARTIN are among the new additions to The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, a book that compiles the life stories of the most influential people in British history.

LONDON CALLING: The Guardian's January 9, 1980 review of The Clash classic.

ABBEY ROAD: The best-selling vinyl of the decade.

THE MOST ANTICIPATED LPs of 2020, according to Pitchfork and Rolling Stone.


NOW SHOWING:  This weekend's wide releases are 1917, which is currently scoring 89 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; Just Mercy, which is scoring 89 percent; Like a Boss, scoring 23 percent; and Underwater, scoring 47 percent.

PRINCE HARRY defied clear instructions from the Queen not to announce that he and Meghan are to quit as "senior" royals? Or did Harry and Meghan disclose their plans prematurely after they learned that the Sun was preparing a story about them?

BIRDS OF PREY has a second trailer online.

DR. STRANGE 2 loses its director.

ELISABETH MOSS talks about maintaining her private life.

JULIA STILES reflects on 20 years in the spotlight.

EDD BYRNES, who gained fleeting fame as Kookie, the ultra-hip, wisecracking parking attendant on the jazzy 1950s-'60s ABC detective series 77 Sunset Strip, has died. He was 87.


CUTTLEFISH watching 3-D movies.

A HORSE in a three-piece suit.

THIS CONDOR clip ends strangely.

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Crazy day again, but Royal Family Things.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, January 09, 2020 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


JON PRATT has posted a 2007 video of him performing "Backyard Swing" with his three daughters that is charming in that Sound of Music meets Whiplash sort of way. And no, this isn't what I meant about the Royal Family (see below).

DAVID BOWIE: Hear “The Man Who Sold The World (ChangesNowBowie Version).”

WIRE shares “Primed And Ready.”

TAME IMPALA shares "Lost In Yesterday.”

WOLF PARADE shares “Julia Take Your Man Home.”


DESTROYER shares a video for “Cue Synthesizer.

THE BEST ALBUMS of the 1970s, according to Paste.

J MASCIS: “I buy guitars for an album hoping they’ll have songs in them.”

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Anne Murray's drippy "You Needed Me".


PRINCE HARRY & MEGHAN MARKLE are looking to move to Canada and California for a significant portion of this year as they actively consider their future role in the Royal Family.  It also looks like they want to make outside income and that the Palace is not thrilled that the Duke & Duchess have gone public before it got negotiated.

BUCK HENRY, the legendary screenwriter behind The Graduate and What’s Up, Doc? who also co-created Get Smart and was a regular presence in the early years of Saturday Night Live, died last night of a heart attack at Cedars-Sinai Health Center in Los Angeles. He was 89.

THE OSCARS will be hostless again.

JUSTIN BIEBER is battling Lyme disease.

ZOE KRAVITZ is profiled by Elle.

ROB LOWE claims his Netflix Christmas film, Holiday in the Wild, surpassed Martin Scorsese‘s The Irishman in terms of viewership.

DENISE RICHARDS' officially denies hooking up with The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills costar Brandi Glanville

FIREFLY: The cult classic could get a revival, under certain conditions.

THE TOP 16 POPES From Pop Culture, Ranked by The Ringer.


THESE DOGS were excited to befriend a goose. The feeling wasn't mutual.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT is not insured.

A BUNNY swims a river.

PUP on Strings.

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Another crazy day, but I have Things.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, January 08, 2020 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl





CAROLINE POLCHEK visits The Current.

GUIDED BY VOICES shares "Volcano."


INDIE BASEMENT'S Favorite Albums of the 2010s.

TED LEO talks Dexys Midnight Runners with Morning Edition.

THE PEDAL STEEL has endless potential.

MUSIC evokes 13 emotions. It's science.


HARVEY WEINSTEIN was almost jailed before his trial gets underway.

CHLOE SEVIGNY is expecting her first child, with her boyfriend, Sinisa Mackovic.

BRAD PITT noted his personal life is a disaster.

GWYNETH PALTROW talks Goop, #MeToo, old boyfriends, psychedelics.

THE BAFTA nominations went to these folks. Congrats!

LORD OF THE RINGS: The Amazon series will feature Young Ned Stark.

ELIZABETH WURTZEL, whose startling 1994 memoir, “Prozac Nation: Young and Depressed in America,” won praise for opening a dialogue about clinical depression and helped introduce an unsparing style of confessional writing that remains influential, died on Tuesday in Manhattan. She was 52.

SILVIO HORTA, creator of ABC's popular series “Ugly Betty,” was found dead in a Miami motel room on Tuesday in an apparent suicide.


DIDIK THE ORANGUTAN's first day in school.

10000 CAMELS are at risk of being shot in Australia as they desperately search for water.

SIBERIAN HOGS raid a liquor store.

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