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New Releases, Indie Basement, Chroomatics, Roy Loney RIP, Doggo   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, December 16, 2019 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


SHARON JONES & THE DAP-KINGS are dreaming of a "White Christmas."

NEW RELEASES: Pitchfork will point you to Duster, Eddy Current Suppression Ring and the Uncut Gems soundtrack.

INDIE BASEMENT will point you toward John Myrtle, The Lodge 49 soundtrack, and The Sound of Sheffield.

CHROMATICS stream The Sound of Silence EP.

GRANDDADDY shares “RIP Coyote Condo #5.


MOUNT EERIE & JULIE DORION cover Dolly Parton's “I Will Always Love You."

ELTON JOHN's "Your Song" lyrics sell for £180,000 at auction but drafts of three other classics went unsold.

THE TOP 20 COUNTRY & AMERICANA ALBUMS of 2019, according to Paste.

ROY LONEY, the original frontman of the influential power-pop band Flamin’ Groovies, has died at 73.

GERSHON KINGSLEY, the Moog pioneer who wrote "Popcorn" has died at 97.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at the moment when '50s crooner Johnny Mathis and '80s hitmaker Deniece Williams teamed up on the adult-contempo breakup duet "Too Much, Too Little, Too Late."


WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Jumanji: The Next Level has top score with 60.1MM, unlikely to match the original, yet still remain a major player through the holidays.  Frozen II places with 19.2MM on a 46 percent drop, which is probably a notch worse than expected but enough to bust the billion-dollar mark worldwide.  Knives Out shows with 9.3MM on a leggy 35 percent drop; it could really max out if it can survive the Rise of Skywalker next weekend (and tbh, everything about Disney's marketing campaign says they're worrtied The Last Jedi really put everyone off).  Richard Jewell debuts in the fourth slot with 5MM, which is bad even against a perported 45MM budget; many will attribute this to politics, when it may just be that Clint Eastwood isn't in it and people are otherwise uninterested in the story.  Black Christmas rounds out the Top Five with 4.4M, which is also pretty bad considering that the last remake in 2006 opened with 16MM.

THE RISE OF SKYWALKER released a new clip featuring Kylo Ren hearing voices. Also, J.J. shared this clip at Fortnite.

COLIN FIRTH and his wife have split after 22 years of marriage.


ROD STEWART's congratulations to UK PM Boris Johnson angered some fans, esp in Scotland.

HARVEY WEINSTEIN feels unappreciated.

JOHN TRAVOLTA & OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN reprised their iconic roles for a Grease sing-along in Florida.

DANNY AIELLO, a character actor best known for his work in such films as "Do the Right Thing" and "Moonstruck," died on Thursday night in New Jersey. He was 86.

ANNA KARINA, known for her prolific work in French New Wave films and collaborations with Serge Gainsbourg, has died at 79.

RIP TORN's cause of death was revealed as Alzheimer's, which is not a great way to go.


A DOOGO TRAPPED on a truck in the middle of a river is rescued.

A KITTY tries to tag in on WrestleMania.

EGYPT unveiled an unprecedented discovery of dozens of mummified sacred animals, including cats, crocodiles and two lion cubs, found during the excavation of a tomb of a royal priest.

BIRDS are vanishing from North America. There’s a way to bring them back.

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Aimee Mann, Big Thief, Lower Dens, Chrissie Hynde, Penis Fish   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, December 13, 2019 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with AIMEE MANN's CHRISTMAS CAROL (profanity warnings): Part One has your Scrooge-y set-up with Michael Penn. Part Two features The Office's John Krasinski. Part Three has Michael Cera. Part Four has John C. Reilly.



CHRISSIE HYNDE visits World Cafe.


TOM WAITS gives a reading of a "Christmas Card From a Hooker in Minneapolis."

DAVID BYRNE shot down rumors of a Talking Heads reunion.

PRINCE: The Story of 1999 is a four-part podcast.

JOHNNY MARR On The Art Of The Pop Single.

STEREOGUM's 100 Favorite Songs Of 2019.


NOW SHOWING:This weekend's wide releases include Jumanji: The Next Level, which is currently scoring 68 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; Richard Jewell, which is scoring 76 percent; Black Christmas, scoring 48 percent; Uncut Gems, scoring 93 percent; and Bombshell, scoring 63 percent.

PURPLE RAIN, THE LAST WALTTZ and CLERKS are among those added to the National Film Registry

CATS director Tom Hooper has revealed that the controversial new live-action film had to be largely remade after the hugely critical reaction its first trailer received.

GAME OF THRONES creators David Benioff & D.B. Weiss have set at Warner Bros an untitled thriller inspired by the graphic novel Lovecraft.

PETER DINKLEGE on his early days in the city, the price of stardom, and letting go of Tyrion Lannister.

KEVIN BACON reveals the character he'd like to revisit.

THE 35 BEST Movie Performances of 2019.


THOUSANDS OF "PENIS" FISH wash onto a California beach.

NYC PEST CONTROLLERS accidentally create a new breed of super-rat.

A 55-POUND CATFISH was caught and released on the Cumberland River.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: They're holiday porch pirates.

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Ty Segall, Grace Potter, Wood Bros, MGMT, Great White Sharks   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, December 12, 2019 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



TY SEGALL plays WFUV Live.


THE WOOD BROTHERS play the 2019 AmericanaFest Day Stage.

FIELD MUSIC shares “Beyond That of Courtesy.”


MGMT shares "In The Afternoon."

STEVEN HYDEN's favorite albums of 2019.

HEAVY ROTATION: Public Radio's Most Popular Songs Of 2019.

THE BEST ROCK ALBUMS of 2019, according to Pitchfork.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Wings' reassuring soft-rocker "With A Little Luck," the moment when Paul McCartney interrupted an unfathomable streak of Bee Gees smashes.


HARVEY WEINSTEIN and the board of his bankrupt film studio have reached a tentative 25MM settlement agreement with dozens of his alleged sexual misconduct victims, a deal that would not require the Hollywood producer to admit wrongdoing or pay anything to his accusers himself, according to lawyers involved in the negotiations.

HOW REESE WITHERSPOON took charge of her career and changed Hollywood.

GWEN STEFANI & BLAKE SHELTON have hit a roadblock on the way to the altar.

BRAD PITT is not expecting to see the kids over Christmas.

JACK BLACK forgot he was in a holiday movie for a second there.

STAR WARS: J.J. Abrams has mixed feelings about The Last Jedi.

THE MATRIX 4 is set to open the same day as JOHN WICK 4. Andy Levy's theory is looking better all the time.

PHILIP McKEON, who played the son on Alice, died Tuesday morning in Texas.


THIS DOGGO's trust jump has been posted before, but it's still priceless for the look afterward.

A 32-FOOT TAPEWORM, removed.

DEAD DUCKS set a Juneau home ablaze.

THERE ARE SIX GREAT WHITE SHARKS off Florida's coast. What say you, Police Chief Brody?

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Springsteen, Mellencamp, Debbie Harry-DMC, Eurythmics, Pupper   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, December 11, 2019 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


SHARON JONES & THE DAP-KINGS: “Ain’t No Chimneys In The Projects.” 

STING'S RAINFOREST BENEFIT boasted a bunch of highlights: Bruce Springsteen & John Mellencamp dueting on “Glory Days” and “Pink Houses”; DMC adding to Debbie Harry's "Rapture"; and a three-song reunion of the Eurythmics.

MAGGIE ROSE plays the 2019 AmericanaFest Day Stage.

OVERCOATS visit The Current.


THE HADEN TRIPLETS (Petra, Rachel and Tanya)share a video for “Every Time I Try,” ft Nick Offerman.

RYLEY WALKER talks to Steven Hyden about surviving addicition, mental health, and self-destruction in 2019.

THE BEST SONGS & ALBUMS of the decade, according to NME.

THE 100 BEST SONGS of 2019, according to Pitchfork.

MARIE FREDRIKSSON, one half of the enormously popular Swedish pop duo Roxette, has died of cancer at 61.


WILLIAM SHATNER files for divorce.

BRAD PITT, on the kind of leading man he doesn't want to be.

STAR WARS: John Boyega "didn't necessarily agree with a lot of the choices" in The Last Jedi.

BRITNEY SPEARS is planning to go to court next year to fight for more time with her sons.

CUBA GOODING, JR is accused of unwanted sexual contact by seven more women, bringing the total to 22.

JON HAMM talks about Richard Jewell, Top Gun: Maverick, and Good Omens.

GWYNETH PALTROW, with the gift that keeps on giving.

LOVE, ACTUALLY: A rom-com masterpiece?


ANTICI... pation!

A SPUNKY GOAT headbutts his "dad" daily.

A PUPPY adopts a stray kitten.


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Los Lobos, Aubrie Sellars, All Songs, Moose Fight   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, December 10, 2019 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


BOB GELDOF, by his own admission, is responsible for two of the worst songs in history: "'Do They Know It's Christmas?" and "We Are The World."

LOS LOBOS visits Morning Becomes Eclectic for a special set of Christmas songs.

AUBRIE SELLARS plays the 2019 AmericanaFest Day Stage.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: The Year in Music 2019.


COURTNEY BARNETT covers Leonard Cohen's "So Long, Marianne."

JIMI HENDRIX gets almost two and one-half hours of discussion and analysis on Political Beats with guest Jane Coaston of Vox.

WHO WILL BE THE CHRISTMAS NO. 1?  Why the UK pop charts are weirdly more relevant than ever before.

CHRIS CORNELL's widow sues Soundgarden over unfinished songs and unpaid royalties.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Yvonne Elliman's Bee Gees-written disco jam "If I Can't Have You."


THE GOLDEN GLOBES nominations went to these folks. The Ringer assesses winners and losers. My streak remains unbroken.

JUICE WRLD was given the opioid treatment Narcan before his death. Acting on a tip, police were waiting to search his plane for drugs and guns.

HARVEY WEINSTEIN  and JEFFREY EPSTEIN posed for a picture at a party thrown by Prince Andrew.

BEYONCE does an AMA with Elle.

RICHARD JEWELL:  The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is asking Warner Bros. and the makers of the movie to release a statement acknowledging it took dramatic license when it portrayed journalist Kathy Scruggs as trading sex for tips. Warner Bros issued a response suggesting it's not happening.

PHOEBE WALLER-BRIDGE says she was not hired for No Time To Die to add a woman's touch

ANGELO BALDAMENTI describes how he created "Laura Palmer’s Theme" for Twin Peaks.

6 UNDERGROUND has a final trailer online. Is it the most Michael Bay trailer evah?

GHOSTBUSTERS: AFTERLIFE has a trailer online.


MOOSE in a street fight. I may have posted this before, but it's so good.

ONE OF THE SMOOTHEST saves you'll ever see.

A GIANT BEAR moved in under a Lake Tahoe home.

A COCKER SPANIEL trashed her home so effectively that the humans suspected burglary. That's why the lady is a tramp.

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