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Thursday already, I think.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, April 16, 2020 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


SIMON & GARFUNKEL count the cars on the New Jersey Turnpike.

JOHN PRINE on Austin City Limits.

CHRIS STAPLETON plays a Tiny Desk Concert.

HOPING FOR A REPLACEMENT: Neil Young's After The Gold Rush Reimagined.

BRITTANY HOWARD covers Funkadelic’s "You and Your Folks, Me and My Folks."

FOUNTAINS OF WAYNE guitarist Jody Porter shares "Moonbeam Reach."


CRAIG FINN on staying positive in tragic times.

THE BEST END OF THE WORLD SONGS, according to the Paste staff.

JON LANGFORD (Waco Bros, Mekons, and more) talks to PopMatters about social justice and his adopted hometown of Chicago.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at John Lennon's "(Just Like) Starting Over," the comeback single that vaulted to #1 just after Lennon's murder.


STARDUST, the Bowie biopic, has a clip online.

TOM HARDY's Capone biopic has atrialer as it heads to VOD next month.

SAM RAIMI confirms he's directing Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.

MARK RUFFALO would like to Hulk out a bit more.

KANYE WEST's Vision for the Future.

WILL FORTE is getting hitched.

REESE WITHERSPOON's Fashion Line Offered Free Dresses to Teachers. They Didn't Mean Every Teacher.

BRUCE WILLIS and his wife have been apart during much of the coronavirus crisis; he's been with Demi Moore.

CHRISTIAN BALE'S TOP 12 ROLES, according to The Ringer.


LADIES & GENTS, the "Pizza Groundhog."

INVITE A LLAMA OR GOAT to your next Zoom conference.

RESEARCHERS learned what pets dream about.

REFLEXES Like an Eagle?

TIL: Elephants are more afraid of bees than lions.

ROUNDABOUT: The words will make you out 'n' out.

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The movies save on conversation and the TV saves on sight.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, April 15, 2020 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE PRIMITONS play "Seeing Is Believing" at an in-store appearance from 1985.  Proof positive that the Internet makes the "Where Are They Now?" file bottomless.  Background at Trouser Press.

WAXAHATCHEE & KEVIN MORBY play a Tiny Desk Concert from Home.

MARGO PRICE covered John Prine and played new songs at home.

SMASHING PUMPKINS, Live at Tramps, April 1999.

ANGEL OLSEN debuted two new songs online

THE PRETENDERS share "You Can't Hurt A Fool." It sounds like a retro R & B ballad.

TANYA DONNELLY covers “As Tears Goes By,” as a tribute to the hospitalized Marianne Faithfull.


JOHN PRINE, remembered by Elvis Costello.Hear 10 of the defining songs from his nearly 50-year career on All Songs Considered.

THUNDERCAT's Rob Hakimian shares his favorite albums at The Quietus.

THE MORBID COMFORTS of pandemic playlists.

BEHIND THE SONG: "Radar Love" by Golden Earring.


DUNE: Vanity Fair has an exclusive look.

MEGXIT: The Duke of Sussex is finding his departure from UK ‘a bit challenging,’ according to Jane Goodall. There's also a piece at The New Yorker.

RITA WILSON appeared on "CBS This Morning" on Tuesday to talk about her experience with the coronavirus.

DEMI LOVATO has dropped her old crowd.

RICKY GERVAIS, taking down whiny celebrities, as he does.

SPLASH got a little censored on Disney+.

AMERICAN PSYCHO at 20: Now More Than Ever?


SOMEONE heard the sound of Reddi-Wip.

THOMAS THE DOG found his owner's giant fake teeth.

A MASSIVE KILLER WHALE, swimming close to shore in NZ.

AND NOW, An Army of Rats.

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Fountains of Wayne and Tuesday Things.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, April 14, 2020 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


SOUL ASYLUM dip into their back catalog for the classic "Never Really Been" at the Northern Lights Theater; Milwaukee, WI.  Throw in a cover of Glen Campbell's "Rhinestone Cowboy" and you have Twofer Tuesday.

MATT WILSON & HIS ORCHESTRA plays for The Current. (Thx, Jon Pratt!)

RYAN ADAMS covers Tears For Fears' "Everybody Wants to Rule the World," Madonna's "Borderline," Cyndi Lauper's "Time After Time," and Huey Lewis & the News' "The Power of Love."

ELEANOR FRIEDBERGER covers Destroyer's "Hell" and "The River"in time for Twofer Tuesday.


FOUNTAINS OF WAYNE gets two hours and twenty minutes of discussion and analysis on Political Beats with guest Cam Edwards.  BONUS: Chris Collingwood remembers his years of friendship and music with Adam Schlesinger, who died at 52 last week.

THE ONEDERS are reuniting for a "That Thing You Do" party on Friday night.

THE TOP 50 POSTPUNK ALBUMS, according to PopMatters.

THE BEATLES broke up 50 years ago. Rob Sheffield on how the band's petty infighting snowballed into rock's most legendary split.

THE NUMBER ONES on the Kenny Rogers/Lionel Richie connection, simmering adult-contempo intensity, the value of pop shamelessness, and "Lady."


DUNE has a trailer online.

BOB IGER Thought He Was Leaving on Top. Now, He's Fighting for Disney's Life.

KATE BECKINSALE was spotted holding hands with 22-year-old musician Goody Grace.

THE CANNONBALL RUN has a new record, and purists are angry.

SELENA GOMEZ, interviewed by Amy Schumer.

WEIRD AL YANKOVIC's Enduring Appeal.



A GOOD BOY giving hs friend a hug.

THE GREATEST GAME of fetch I’ve ever seen?

A WOMAN finds a baby bird in the wall — and he grows up imitating everything she says!

KATHARINE, the Great White Shark Who Ghosted Her Trackers, Resurfaces.

A NEW PLAGUE OF LOCUSTS descends on Africa.

CHINA has reclassified dogs as pets instead of livestock for the first time, as part of a clampdown on animal trade and consumption that was spurred by the pandemic.

ANIMALS continue to take over the empty streets.

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Another Monday, but we're here, so.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, April 13, 2020 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


DAVID BOWIE plays "Young Americans" for Cavett, looking and sounding too much acquainted with the Thin White Duke.

NEW RELEASES: Pitchfork will point you to Laura Marling, Hamilton Leithauser, Trace Mountains and more.

BILL'S INDIE BASEMENT will point you to the Once and Future Band, which you should def check out, and more.

CRAIG FINN plays 3 songs on 'CBS This Morning.'

NEIL YOUNG's third acoustic Fireside Session.

NEIL FINN covers Bowie's "Heroes."

STING, THE ROOTS and Fallon cover “Please Don’t Stand So Close To Me.”


PHOEBE BRIDGERS covers John Prine's "Summer’s End."

STURGILL SIMPSON tests positive.

LAURA MARLING talks to All Things Considered about rewriting the ideas and tropes that she's absorbed from mainstream culture and what music does best in times of trouble.

THE GRATEFUL DEAD and RADIOHEAD are among those streaming classic concerts weekly.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at BarbraStreisand's stormy, dramatic, lyrically preposterous Bee Gees collaboration "Woman In Love".


HARVEY WEINSTEIN has been charged with a new felony sexual assault count by the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office.

SOME GOOD NEWS with John Krasinski, Episode 3.

SHAILENE WOODLEY is profiled at The New York Times.

BROOKE SHIELDS shares her lockdown routine.

ROBIN HOOD is getting the Disney CGI remake treatment.

TOM HANKS monologued the lockdown SNL.

RUPERT GRINT and his girlfriend, Georgia Groome, are expecting their first child.

TIMOTHY BROWN, a former NFL running back who later appeared in both the film and TV versions of "M*A*SH," died April 4 from complications with dementia, according to reports. He was 82.



CAT vs DOG CHALLENGE: Part 1 and Part 2. Who wins depends on how you imagine the game.

A PUPPER is rescued from a tire.

A HOUSTON POLICE OFFICER assists some chicks.


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Garage Rock, Colin Meloy, Valerie June, and Friday Things.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, April 10, 2020 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



... with GARAGE ROCK! It's the time of year when I bring out The Standells - "Dirty Water/ Why Pick On Me", but I couldn't stop there. Let's have a baker's dozen of Nuggets, like Music Machine - "Talk Talk"; Blues Magoos - "We Ain't Got Nothin' Yet"; The Knickerbockers - "Lies"; The Outsiders - "Time Won't Let Me"; Count Five - "Psychotic Reaction"; The Seeds - "Pushin' Too Hard"; 13th Floor Elevators - "You're Gonna Miss Me"; Love - "My Little Red Book"; The Leaves - "Hey Joe"; Electric Prunes - "I Had Too Much To Dream Last Night," the Crazy World of Arthur Brown - "Fire" and The Nazz- "Open My Eyes."

COLIN MELOY of the Decemberists, Live at Home.

VALERIE JUNE played a virtual session for The Current.

THE STROKES are streaming The New Abnormal.  

KENNY ROGERS got tributes from Dolly Parton, Jason Isbell & Amanda Shires, and Michael McDonald on CMT.

REMEMBER, NPR can hook you up with streaming concerts.

CHARLY BLISS' Eva Hendricks, paying tribute to the late Adam Schlesinger by posting her cover of the Fountains Of Wayne nugget "Hey Julie."

MARISA ANDERSON & TARA JANE O'NEIL cover Gene Clark and Cole Porter.


PHOEBE BRIDGERS shares "Kyoto."

JASON ISBELL wrote a tribute to John Prine.

THE 20 BEST STROKES SONGS, according to Paste.

RADIOHEAD'S Ed O'Brien: 'Humanity has only really learned from disaster.'

WALL OF VOODOO, reconsidered on Morning Edition.


BORIS JOHNSON has been moved out of intensive care but remains in hospital, Downing Street has said.

MORT DRUCKER, a longtime contributor to Mad magazine known for his caricatures of actors, politicians and other celebrities, died on Thursday at his home in Woodbury, N.Y. He was 91.

SNL returns with original content tomorrow night.

THE BATMAN director Matt Reeves discusses his vision.


BACK TO THE FUTURE TOO: Remade as 88 scenes shot in quarantine.


SOME SPORTS ARE SLOWER, more about the strategy.

CHEETAH CUB CAM, streaming live from the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute.

WELLINGTON THE PENGUIN visits the giant lake sturgeon at the Shedd.

GOOD BOYS gotta workout during the lockdown too.

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