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Gloria Gaynor, Briston Maroney, Modern Yacht Rock, Giant Jellyfish   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


KC & THE SUNSHINE BAND: "Boogie Shoes," live in Miami, circa 1974.

GLORIA GAYNOR visits World Cafe, andyes, she sings that one.

BRISTON MARONEY visits World Cafe.

MODERN YACHT ROCK: A playlist from Gorilla Vs. Bear.

VIVIAN GIRLS reunite for "Sick."

FOUR TET shares "Dreamer."

WESTERMAN gets a bit electronic in covering Simon & Garfunkel's "Kathy's Song."



RAY & DAVE DAVIES are recording new Kinks music.

DAVID CROSBY is the subject of a documentary from Cameron Crowe.

SLEATER-KINNEY shares "The Center Won't Hold" --  and discusses the departure of drummer Janet Weiss.

GRIMES: Peeled eyeballs, isolation tanks and neuroplastic goals.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at John Denver's wildly corny "Thank God I'm A Country Boy."


KEVIN SPACEY skips on felony sex assault charges due to the unavailability of the complainant.

GAME OF THRONES' Alfie Allen (Theon), Gwendoline Christie (Ser Brienne) and Carice van Houten (Melisandre) self-submitted for the Emmys after HBO did not enter them. All three got nominated.

TOM HOLLAND is hanging with a mystery blonde at British Summer Time Hyde Park Festival in London.

GOSSIP GIRL is spinning off a series to HBO Max.

WESTWORLD co-showrunner Jonathan Nolan is insisting that the new season will be less of a guessing game.

JAY & SILENT BOB REBOOT will include three different Batmen.

NETFLIX lost domestic subscribers in the last quarter, for the first time in eight years.


THIS STRAY DOG efused to be caught for 3 years — but the woman who loved her never gave up.

A GIANT JELLYFISH the size of a human stunned a diver off the south-western coast of England.

ESCAPE ARTIST: A shellfish caught by a Japanese fisherman wasn’t quite what they expected.

ZOO LIONS beating the heat wave with ... bloodsicles.

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Todd Snider, Molly Tuttle, All Songs, Wilco, Whitney, Chance the Snapper   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, July 17, 2019 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


BO DONALDSON & THE HEYWOODS: "Billy, Don't Be a Hero," from the Summer of '74. Workin' the Elvis jumpuit look.

TODD SNIDER plays Mountain Stage.

MOLLY TUTTLE plays World Cafe.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED features tracks from Khruangbin, Bon Iver, Brian Eno, and more.

WILCO returns with "Love is Everywhere (Beware)."

FRANKIE COSMOS shares a full band version of "Rings (On A Tree)."

HAMMERED HULLS, ft Mary Timony and Alec MacKaye, shares "Written Words."


WHITNEY shares a video for “Valleys (My Love).”

PHOEBE BRIDGERS talks about the Cure’s 1992 hit “Friday I’m in Love.”

2019's ESSENTIAL POSTPUNK LPs. according to Paste.

KHRUANGBIN: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview.

JOHNNY CLEGG, who co-founded two groundbreaking, racially mixed bands during the apartheid era, died Tuesday in Johannesburg at age 66. He had battled pancreatic cancer since 2015.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Freddy Fender's bilingual country heart-wrecker "Before The Next Teardrop Falls."


THE EMMYS nominations went to these folks. Game of Thrones and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel dominated. And there were snubs.

R KELLY was denied bail based on obstruction of justice charges, part of a multi-count indictment unveiled on Friday in Chicago and New York.

THOR 4: Taika Waititi is returning as director, which adds to the woes of Warner Bros.' long-gestating adaptation of Japanese manga Akira.

LORI LAUGHLIN appears to still be hoping that a technical glitch in the system will result in her walking away from the college admissions scandal without jail time.

HARRY STYLES is in early negotiations to play the iconic role of Prince Eric in the House of Mouse live-action remake of The Little Mermaid.

CHRIS PRATT wore a t-shirt depicting the Gadsden flag, so people on Twitter freaked out because 2019.

THE RED SEA DIVING RESORT has a trailer online.

QUENTIN TARANTINO talks more Star Trek.


CHANCE THE SNAPPER has been captured in Humboldt Park Lagoon in Chicago, one week after the reptile was first spotted there.

CRAB INVASION! The Florida man went outside and saw hundreds of crabs climbing all over his screens and in his yard.

A POINTER does his job.

A PAIR OF RARE WILDCAT KITTENS have been captured on camera for the first time.

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Titus Andronicus, Charly Bliss, King James & the Special Men, Bunny   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, July 16, 2019 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


TWOFER TUESDAY:  "The Dawn Of Correction" by The Spokesmen is an "answer song" to Barry McGuire's immortal "Eve Of Destruction."


CHARLY BLISS plays the Rockwood Music Hall.



NEIL YOUNG joined BOB DYLAN for a rendition of traditional spiritual “Will the Circle Be Unbroken," their first timetogether onstage since 1994.

ESSENTIAL PSYCH-FOLK ALBUMS, according to Treble. (h/t LHB.)

STRAND OF OAKS: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview.

ONE GIANT LEAP: 12 of the best Moon tunes to celebrate 50 years since the Moon landing.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Earth, Wind & Fire's gleaming, motivational funk classic "Shining Star."


GAME OF THRONES: George R.R. Martin says he won’t change his books based on the reaction to Season 8 of the TV version.

BARBIE: Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach, adored indie filmmakers, are joining Margot Robbie in the dream house.

BRAD PITT s circling Babylon, the early Hollywood period drama that is likely to reteam La La Land filmmaker Damien Chazelle with Emma Stone.

AUSTIN BUTLER has been cast as Elvis in Baz Luhrmann's biopic.

HAYDEN PANETIERRE's loved ones are begging her to leave her allegedly abusive boyfriend.

JACK REACHER is headed to Amazon without Tom Cruise.

THE KING'S MAN: The prequel to Kingsman: The Secret Service has a trailer online.


DINNER was five minutes late.

BACK OFF: This mother bear gave quite a scare to a man who got too close to her cubs at Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee. 

A MAN reels in a fish with massive snake latched onto it.

POLICE WARN against the rise of meth gators in Alabama.

THE HUMBOLDT PARK GATOR, meanwhile, remains at large.

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New Releases, Frightened Rabbit, Gauche, Eels   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, July 15, 2019 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE HOLLIES: "Have You Ever Loved Somebody", courtesy of the Beeb.

NEW RELEASES from Purple Mountains, Blood Orange, Glitterer and more are now online.

FRIGHTENED RABBIT: The new tribute album is online.

GAUCHE streams A People’s History Of Gauche.

AMERICAN FOOTBALL plays a Tiny Desk Concert.


RINGO STARR joined PAUL McCARTNEY at Dodger Stadium for the reprise of "Sgt Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band" and "Helter Skelter."

DAVID LOWERY talks Camper Van Beethoven, Cracker and his latest solo album, a musical autobiography.

TANYA DONNELLY: The founder of Throwing Muses, The Breeders and Belly 
on her favorite albums.

JERRY LAWSON, who for four decades was the lead singer of the Persuasions, a group that revived the art of a cappella singing and attracted a loyal worldwide following, died on Wednesday in Phoenix. He was 75.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Tony Orlando & Dawn's "He Don't Love You (Like I Love You)," a smug version of an R & B classic.


WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Spider-Man: Far From Home repeats atop the chart with 45.3MM on a 51 percent drp from the three-day portion of its debut. Domestically, this film sits at 275MM, wich is more than the two Andrew Garfield movies combined. It's also running ahead of Homecoming, with a domestic total of 375MM being a fairly solid guess for its total domestic run. The current worldwide grossapproaches 875MM.  Toy Story 4 places with 20.7MM on a 39 percent drop in its fourth frame; it could top out at roughly 420MM, if The Lion King remake does not stomp on it too much this upcoming weekend.  The debut of Crawl shows with 12MM against a 13.5MM budget, so this well-reviewed horror flick willlikely wind up in the black.  The debut of Stuber takes the fourth slot with 8MM against a reported 16MM budget, a reflection of tough days for big-screen comedies in the streaming era.  But Yesterday rounds out the Top Five with 6.8MM on a 33 percent drop; it has grossed 80MM worldwide with an appeal to older audiences and Beatles fans of all ages.

R KELLY is accused of paying off alleged victims to avoid investigators.

SCARLETT JOHANSSON  is speaking out against the backlash regarding her recent comments about politically correct casting.

BOND 25: Lashana Lynch will take over from Daniel Craig to become first female 007... but not the first female Bond. And Christoph Waltz is returning as super-baddie Blofeld.

JOHN CARPENTER is set to write a new DC Joker comic.

STAR WARS: Disney and Lucasfilm spent around 15MM per episode of The Mandalorian.

SEINFELD: Remembering the show that revolutionized the sitcom by refusing to insult its audience's intelligence.

WHEN HARRY MET SALLY... tuened 30 years old on Sunday but doesn't show its age in the slightest.


EELS devour pizza in a frenzy.

AN OTTER, but existential.

A PUPPY & A BABY. What ese do you need?

PLAYING BALL WITH A BOBCAT leads to an escape.

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Three Dog Night, Brian Eno, Weyes Blood, The Lion King, Disco Demolition   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, July 12, 2019 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with THREE DOG NIGHT! Once again, I'm enjoying the guilty pleasure of "Eli's Coming" with fellow fans of the late, lamented SportsNight. That, along with memories of The Service's cover of "Shambala" led me to compile a few more, including "Mama Told Me Not to Come," "Joy To The World," "One," "Liar," and "Celebrate."

BRIAN ENO advance streams For All Mankind.

WEYES BLOOD visits WFUV's Studio A.

THE LION KING soundtrack is online.

THE MOUNTAIN GOATS share "Sentries In The Ambush" and "Divided Sky Lane."

BON IVER shares "Jelmore" and "Faith."

DISCO DEMOLITION NIGHT: Today is the anniversary of Disco Demolition Night, a promo event occurring during a scheduled twi-nite doubleheader between the Chicago White Sox and the Detroit Tigers that would prove to be the most ill-conceived promotional idea since the infamous "Ten Cent Beer Night" in Cleveland in 1974. It's now the subject of a book and this oral history at Chicago magazine.  Though some incorrectly think it had to do with racism, homophobia, etc., the event had much more to do with the fact that Chicago radio station WDAI forced out morning host Steve Dahl o­n Chirstmas Eve 1978, to switch to a disco format. A man who is cashiered wearing a Santa suit tends to carry a grudge. (Indeed, Disco, as it had originated in predominantly black and gay clubs, wad already died commercially -- it had exploded onto the Top 40 in the wake of Saturday Night Fever as a trendy white phenomenon; Dahl's critics might consider whether that phase was a cultural apporpriation.) A few months later Dahl re-surfaced at WLUP with "Do You Think I'm Disco?" -- a parody of Rod Stewart's "Do You Think I'm Sexy?" with lyrics that targeted yuppie narcissism and materialism. He also did a bit where he pretended to blow-up disco records, which Mike Veeck, the son of Sox owner (and legendary showman) Bill Veeck, thought could be turned into a promotion in which admission was 98 cents (because WLUP was FM 98) for anyone who brought a disco record to be blown up between the two games. It was far more successful and less controllable than either Dahl or Veeck imagined, with young people storming the park to enter, creating a fog of marijuana smoke in the stands, sailing records like frisbees, throwing firecrackers and ultimately storming the diamond after the scheduled demolition had concluded and Dahl was en route to the announcer's booth for the second game. Footage of the event from from stellamasters, along with the aftermath at FuzzyMemories and this compilation of local news coverage from the night is pretty darned good, with cameos from Bill Kurtis and Greg Gumbel. 

DURAN DURAN will perform a special show commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, July 16th at the Rocket Garden at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida. Was Pink Floyd unavailable?

COSMIC THING: The outlandish fun of The B-52's biggest album.

ZIGGY STARDUST, as a Barbie.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at BJ Thomas' leathery country lament "(Hey Won't You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song."

NOW SHOWING:This weekend's wide releases are Stuber, which is currently scoring 48 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; and Crawl, which is scoring 100 percent.

R KELLY has been arrested in Chicago on federal sex crime charges, according to two law enforcement officials.

TAYLOR SWIFT's feud with Scooter Braun intensifies.

HEIDI KLUM secretly tied the knot with Tokio Hotel guitarist Tom Kaulitz.

HAYDEN PANETIERRE was allegedly beaten three times in two days by her boyfriend.

DENISE NICKERSON, best known for her role as Violet Beauregarde in the 1971 version of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, died Wednesday night.

SHERLOCK HOLMES 3 will be directed by Rocketman filmmaker Dexter Fletcher.

QUENTIN TARANTINO's FILMS, ranked by Steven Hyden.

WHEN YOU'RE AT A JOB INTERVIEW and they ask you what special skills you can bring to the role.

THAT'S ONE SMALL STEP FOR MAN... one giant leap for Kevin.

THIS LITTLE BEAR CUB is seeing grass for the first time after being rescued.

THE HUMBOLDT PARK GATOR remains at large.

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