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David Berman, RIP   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, August 08, 2019 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl




THE NUDE PARTY visits The Current.

ALL SONGS REWIND: A discussion of the worst songs of all time.

GUIDED BY VOICES shares “Heavy Like the World” ahead of their third LP this year.

BATTLES returns as a duo with "Titanium 2 Step."


DAVID BERMAN, the singer-songwriter best known for leading the long-running, critically acclaimed indie band Silver Jews, died Wednesday at the age of 52. He had just returned from a long hiatus under the name Purple Mountains, with recent profiles at outlets including The Ringer, Aquarium Drunkard, and the Washington Post. The tributes roll in on social media.

HENRI BELOLO, who assembled the Village People with Jacques Morali and co-authored hits such as “Y.M.C.A.,” “Go West,” and “In the Navy,” died on Saturday. He was 82.

ELBOW's Guy Garvey previews their upcoming LP at NME.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at David Bowie's quasi-funk classic, "Fame." With the bonus Feelies video!


NICOLAS CAGE, on his legacy, his philosophy of acting and his metaphorical — and literal — search for the Holy Grail.

DANNY TREJO helped rescue a special-needs child trapped in an overturned car after a collision at a Los Angeles intersection.

GAME OF THRONES creators David Benioff and D.B. Weisshave inked a reported nine-figure deal with Netflix.

AVENGERS: ENDGAME co-writer Christopher Markus endorses the theory that there were always two Captains America.

WOODY HARRELSON Will Light Up (in) Any Room.

DWAYNE JOHNSON is interested in appearing in the enxt Deadpool movie.

DISNEY+ is rebooting hit theatrical films from the Fox library for the Mouse's new streaming service.

GUILLERMO del TORO received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame from Lana Del Rey.


A PITBILL PUP couldn't even stand up — but he decided to figure out how to run!

THIS DOGGO has the running part down, but needs to work on the sitting.

THIS IS NOT A HOUSE CAT. (Rating: True.)

THINK 30-50 FERAL HOGS IS AN INTERNET JOKE? Millions more are rampaging across the U.S.

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Handsome Family, Iron & Wine + Calexico, Elliot Smith, Shelter Dog   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, August 07, 2019 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


FATBOY SLIM: When your "Weapon of Choice" is Walken.

THE HANDSOME FAMILY plays Mountain Stage.

IRON & WINE + CALEXICO visit World Cafe.

ELLIOT SMITH would have turned 50 this week; special editions of XO and Figure 8 are streaming online.

THE DARKNESS shares “Rock N’ Roll Deserves To Die”.

THE PIXIES share "Catfish Kate."


BJORK shares a video for "Losss."

LED ZEPPELIN: Members of Korn, Tool, Judas Priest, Linkin Park and several other bands have signed a brief in support of the band, whose years-long copyright case over the opening guitar riff of ‘"Stairway To Heaven" will return to court next month.

THE BYRDS: Roger McGuinn turns down David Crosby again, and it's pretty funny.

LUCY DACUS argues for a re-examination of the Woodstock story.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Glen Campbell's infectious country-pop fantasy "Rhinestone Cowboy."


SIMON PEGG & NICK FROST, together again, in an upcoming Amazon comedy-horror series about paranormal investigators.

CASEY AFFLECK addressed his decision to stay quiet after sexual harassment allegations made against him resurfaced in 2018.

ANDY SIRKIS confirmed he will be directing the forthcoming sequel to VenomTom Hardy is involved with the writing.

BURT REYNOLDS came up with one of the funniest lines in Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood.

AMERICAN CRIME STORY: Season 3 will tackle President Clinton's impeachment.

TONI MORRISON, the Nobel laureate in literature whose best-selling work explored black identity in America, died on Monday in the Bronx. She was 88.


A SHELTER DOG Tucked Himself In Every Night As He Waited For A Family. He was about to get the best surprise.

THE CAT MAN OF ALEPPO: Rescuing battle-weary Syrian strays.

A BEACH TOWN pays 65K for hawks and owls to scare seagulls away.

THE NYPD's BEEKEEPING UNIT nabs 25000 perps.

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Van Hunt, Black Pumas, Tim Baker, Evening Stroll   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, August 06, 2019 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE CHESTERFIELD KINGS cover the Moving Sidewalks' "99th Floor" (introed by Martha Quinn) and psych up even more on "Sunrise (Turn On)" for Twofer Tuesday

VAN HUNT visits WFUV Live.

BLACK PUMAS visit Morning Becomes Eclectic.

TIM BAKER vists World Cafe.

FOTOCRIME puts a synthy touch on The Jesus & Mary Chain's "Head On."

NOEL GALLAGHER'S HIGH-FLYING BIRDS shares "This is the Place."

BAT FOR LASHES shares "The Hunger."

MOON DUO shares "Lost Heads."


PHOEBE BRIDGERS joins LORD HURON on "The Night We Met."

THE STOOGES' self-titled debut turns 50. BV looks back at the birth of Punk.

1999: The Ringer surveys the year's best albums, backed up by a week of features, while The A.V. Club looks at underheard hits from 20 years past. Get off my lawn. 

BESSIE SMITH gets a Turning The Tables essay and playlist at NPR. I'm going down the road to see her.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at KC & The Sunshine Band's hammerhead disco monster "Get Down Tonight".


LINDSAY LOHAN and... the crown prince of Saudi Arabia?

R. KELLY is facing criminal charges for sexual misconduct in Hennepin County, Minnesota.

KANYE WEST:  Solving America's housing crisis with architecture from Star Wars?

DARA DELEVINGNE & ASHLEY BENSON did not have an Elvis-themed Vegas wedding.

PRINCE CHARLES was asked if he would take a cameo role in the new James Bond film.

ANGELINA JOLIE, on why the world needs more wicked women.

THE LITTLE MERMAID is being staged on TV with Queen Latifah, Shaggy, and Moana star Auli’i Cravalho, because doing a live-action movie remake was simply not enough.


THE EVENING STROLL, time for bed, goodnight everyone.

CATS & DOGS, living together...

A POLICEMAN stops to save a tiny kitten on the highway.

A NORTH CAROLINA WOMAN woman walks into humane society, asks to adopt 2 dogs that were there the longest.

30-50 FERAL HOGS invade a man's yard, social media hilarity ensues.

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New Releases, The Idles, Thom Yorke, New Pronos, Kittens   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, August 05, 2019 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE PIPETTES: "Your Kisses are Wasted On Me." Before it all went wrong. Sigh.

NEW RELEASES: Ty Segall, Ruussian Circles, Tyler Childers, and more.

THE IDLES, Live at First Avenue.

THOM YORKE shares an EP of remixes for ANIMA cut “Not The News.”

THE NEW PR0NOGRAPHERS return with “Falling Down the Stairs of Your Smile.”

ELBOW shares “Dexter & Sinister.

SONIC YOUTH & JAY REATARD's rare 2009 split-single is online.

ARIEL PINK and 'BONNIE" PRINCE BILLY both recorded the Carpenters’ “We’ve Only Just Begun” for an asset management company commercial.


HAIM's “Summer Girl” turns to Lou Reed’s “Walk on the Wild Side” for inspiration.

CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL's Green River turns 50; it was one of three LPs the group put out in 1969 alone.

WOODSTOCK 50's headliners are getting paid.

THE KINKS' keyboardist, Ian Gibbons, has died at 67.

CELIBATE RIFLES' Damien Lovelock died on Saturday morning aged 65.

D.A. PENNEBAKER, the groundbreaking documentary filmmaker best known for capturing pivotal moments in the history of rock music and politics, including Bob Dylan’s 1965 tour, died on Thursday at his home in Sag Harbor, N.Y. He was 94.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Hamilton, Joe Frank And Reynolds' "Fallin' In Love,"and the name of the band.


WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw tops the chart with 60.8MM against a 200MM budget; it made almosr twice as much overseas. So people don't seem to be taking the spinoff like a member of the franchise domestically, or 2019's brutal treatment of things which aren't "must see" continies domestically.  The Lion King remake places with 38.2MM on a 50 percent drop as it crosses 400MM domestic.  Once Upon a Time...in Hollywood shows with 20MM on a 51 percent drop; despite its big debut, it probably will not outgross Django Unchained in the QT pantheon. Spider-Man: Far From Home swings into the fourth slot with another 7.7MM; it will probably wind up as the biggest grossing Spidey since 2004's Spider-Man 2. Toy Story 4 rounds out the Top Five with 7.2MM on a 32 percent drop as it passes 400MM domestic (and 950MM worldwide).

A$AP ROCKY returned to L.A. after the judges in his Swedish criminal case allowed him to leave the country as they noodled over the verdict.

R. KELLY pleaded not guilty in Brooklyn, New York, on Friday morning to five federal criminal charges.

JOSHUA JACKSON & JODIE TURNER-SMITH appeared to pick up a marriage license in Beverly Hills, according to the Daily Mail

BRODY JENNER & KAITLYNN CARTER split one year after their not-so-legal Indonesian wedding.

LIFE AFTER LEO: Where are Leonardo DiCaprio’s exes now?

JUSTICE LEAGUE: There is a "Snyder cut," but it will probably never be released.

GAL GADOT is set to star in and executive produce a limited series about Hedy Lamarr for Showtime.


ONCE UPON A TIME... IN HOLLYWOOD: NME has an extended reading, watching and listening list.


KITTENS: A Varietal Assortment.

HOLY COW: A longhorn got loose in downtown Colorado Springs during the Ride for the Brand Cattle Drive.

A DOGGO and an odd fountain.

THE FIRST HUMAN-MONKEY CHIMERA raises concern among scientists. It's a madhouse!

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John Hughes, Iron & Wine + Calexico, Jose Gonzalez, Salvador Dolly   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, August 02, 2019 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with JOHN HUGHES! The sportos, motorheads, geeks, sluts, buds, wasteoids, dweebies and dickheads, they all adore him. They think he's a righteous dude. The writer/director behind Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Weird Science, National Lampoon's Vacation movies, Home Alone, Planes, Trains & Automobiles and many more died Aug 6, 2009.  Hughes masterfully married music to movies, so I pay video tribute to him today, starting (of course) with "Don't You Forget About Me" by Simple Minds from The Breakfast Club (the drumming o­n this song is impeccable), and Karla DeVito's "We Are Not Alone," along with the Ramones playing "Blitzkrieg Bop" (from National Lampoon's Vacation), David Bowie's "Young Americans" and The Vapors o­ne-hit wonder, "Turning Japanese" and Billy Idol's "Rebel Yell" (all from Sixteen Candles, which opens to a clip of veteran WLS DJs Larry Lujack and Tommy Edwards), Van Halen's cover of "(Oh) Pretty Woman" and General Public's "Tenderness" (both from Weird Science), the Psychedelic Furs re-recorded title track from Pretty In Pink, which also featured Jon Cryer lip-synching to Otis Redding's "Try A Little Tenderness" (that last clip is a blistering live take from the 1967 Stax tour -- and excellent, btw), The Smiths' "Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want" (a Hughes perennial; here, the Dream Academy cover from FBDO), and OMD's "If You Leave," plus two more from Ferris Bueller's Day Off, "Danke Schoen" and "Twist and Shout" (which was shot o­n Dearborn and Randolph Streets in Chicago, with International Polka Queen Vlasta atop the float, though Cameron and Sloane were in front of the Post Office down the street), plus Yello's unforgettable-no-matter-how-you-try "Oh, Yeah." Videos are scarce for Some Kind of Wonderful, but I found Flesh for Lulu's "I Go Crazy" and the March Violets' take on the Stones' "Miss Amanda Jones."

IRON & WINE + CALEXICO play a Tiny Desk Concert.


DAVID BYRNE shares a playlist of unexpected covers.

FOALS share "Black Bull."

JULIANA HATFIELD shares "De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da" from her Police tribute LP.

DAVE GROHL joined THE BIRD & THE BEE to cover Van Halen’s “Ain’t Talkin’ Bout Love”on Corden.

CREAM syncs "I Feel Free" at the Beat Club.

BOWIE '69: After the failure of his debut album two years earlier, just how did Bowie become the Starman?

TY SEGALL Goes Into Battle Without Guitars.

NEIL YOUNG has postponed all but two of his scheduled 2019 shows in order to launch an ambitious archival film project.

BRUCE HORNSBY: The '80s hitmaker and shape-shifting pianist on Spike Lee, movie cameos, the Dead, and more.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at the Bee Gees' disco breakthrough, "Jive Talkin'."

FAST & FURIOUS PRESENTS: HOBBS & SHAW is this weekend's sole wide release, currently scoring 71 percent on the ol' Tomatometer.

LISA-MARIE PRESLEY is working on a tell-all book about her ex-husband, Michael Jackson.

TO CHEAT AND LIE IN L.A.: Inside the College-Admissions Scandal.

JULIANNE HOUGH may be married to a man, but that doesn’t mean she’s “straight.”

JEFFREY EPSTEIN hoped to seed the human race with his DNA by impregnating women at his vast New Mexico ranch.

1917: The WWI drama from Sam Mendes has a trailer online.

ONCE UPON A TIME... IN HOLLYWOOD: Tarantino's Most Transgressive Film?

A HISTORY OF WOMEN in Quentin Tarantino movies.

A PUPPY that appears to have a mustache is trending online and will soon be available for adoption in New York City.

A FISH CATCH, with a twist ending.

GATORS have a taste for Florida Man.

A TORONTO SEWER RESCUE turns out to be the wrong python.

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