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Against the odds, I have Things   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, May 14, 2018 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


EVERY MOTHER'S SON: "Come On Down to My Boat," baby.

BELA FLECK & ABIGAIL WASHBURN played a Tiny Desk Concert.

DR DEMENTO and John Cafiero share things from Dr Demento Covered in Punk at the World Cafe.

NAKED GIANTS stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

ANDRE 3000 shared a Mother's Day twofer.


KACEY MUSGRAVES released a new music video for "Mother."

FRIGHTENED RABBIT issued a statement on the death of Scott Hutchison.

ARCTIC MONKEYS'Alex Turner talks to Pitchfork about the inspirations behind their sixth LP: surreal art films, professional wrestling, monster trucks, and more.

LINDSEY BUCKINGHAM talks about his exit from Fleetwood Mac.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at the Rooftop Singers' chirpy folk song "Walk Right In."


WEEKEND BOX OFFICE:  Avengers: Infinity War threepeats atop the chart with 61.8MM on a 46 percent drop.  That's enough make it eighth on the all-time domestic chart, but the weekend's real story may be its 200MM opening in China, which pushed the foreign grosses over the 1 Billion mark, for a total of 1.6 Billion worldwide so far.  Life of the Party places with 18.5MM, the lowest debut for Melissa McCarthy in five or six years.  Breaking In shows with 16.5MM, a surprise hit against a 6MM budget.  Overboard takes the fourth slot with 10.1MM on a leggy 31 percent drop, with a 29.6MM domestic total against a reported 12MM budget.  A Quiet Place rounds out the Top Five with another 6.4MM on a very leggy 17 percent drop.

BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH has committed to only taking on projects in which his female co-stars receive equal pay.

RONAN FARROW's next book will tell his side of the story regarding why NBC tabled his Weinstein investigation.

ALLY SHEEDY writes about her experiences with Hollywood sexism.

BROOKLYN NINE NINE is headed from Fox to NBC.

CANNES: 5 Signs of a Festival in Decline.

CHRISTOPHER NOLAN talks about his Batman trilogy.

ROM-COMS:  The A.V. Club has been doing a series on the genre, including Bridget Jones's Diary, Brinng Up Baby, When Harry Met Sally, The Big Sick, Something Borrowed, Overboard, and My Best Friend's Wedding.

JOHN TRAVOLTA had the hots for Olivia Newton-John on the Grease set, because obvsly.


WHEN A WHALE swam up to this woman and wouldn't leave her alone, she was freaked out — until she realized he was saving her life.

CHARLIE RUSSELL, a Canadian naturalist who researched grizzly bears by living among them and argued for a view of the animals based on coexistence rather than fear, died on May 7 in Calgary, Alberta. He was 76. And not killed by a bear.

A BEAR smashed a car window to get to the two dozen cupcakes inside.  Just saying.

POLICE DEPARTMENTS are trying to protect their drug-sniffing dogs from Fentanyl.

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Squeeze, Low Cut Connie, Bombino, Kelly Willis, Bear   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, May 11, 2018 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with SQUEEZE!  Some of you whippersnappers may never heard of Difford, Tilbrook & Co., who previously reeled of stellar string of pop gems, including "Take Me I'm Yours", "Cool for Cats", "Up the Junction", "Goodbye Girl,"  "Another Nail in My Heart", "Pulling Mussels (From the Shell)", "If I Didn't Love You", and the one most people know -- even if they don't know it's Squeeze -- "Tempted", which features transient member Paul Carrack on vox and keys.  Fun fact: Carrack was also responsible for the classic, "How Long" as a member of Ace.

LOW CUT CONNIE advance streams Dirty Pictures (Part 2).

BOMBINO advance streams Deran.

MARY LATTIMORE advance streams Hundreds of Days.

KELLY WILLIS advance streams Back Being Blue.

BRENT COBB advance streams Providence Canyon.


TWILIGHT OF THE GODS: Steven Hyden's book contains this excerpt about good “bad” records, like the Rolling Stones' Black and Blue.

RYLEY WALKER gets an in-depth profile at Stereogum.

FORTY YEARS LATER: Was 1978 The Greatest Year In Music?

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Steve Lawrence's creepy and terrible "Go Away Little Girl."

FRIGHTENED RABBIT: Scott Hutchison may have been found, and it looks bad.

NOW SHOWING: Ths weekend's wide releases are Life of the Party, which is currently scoring 25 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; and Breaking In, which is scoring 37 percent.

R KELLY is getting scrubbed from Spotify's company-made playlists.

GEORGINA CHAPMAN has broken her silence about sexual assault, harassment and misconduct allegations against her estranged husband, Harvey Weinstein.

GRETA GERWIG allegedly caught Amy Schumer’s romantic comedy I Feel Pretty and someone live-tweeted it.

RICK MORANIS will appear in Netflix's upcoming SCTV reunion, An Afternoon With SCTV, after all.

ROMAN POLANSKI thinks the ongoing MeToo reckoning is “total hypocrisy.” Hey, come over here and say that.

RICK AND MORTY gets a ginormous 70-episode renewal order.

THE PREDATOR has a teaser trailer online.

AN ALBERTA ZOO was charged after a bear from the facility was taken through a Dairy Queen drive-thru in a pickup truck and fed ice cream through the vehicle's window.

A FLAMING RABBIT ignited a wildfire in Saskatchewan.

A GOAT will be your caddy in Oregon.

THE WOMBAT MATING BITE may help the species survive, scientists say.

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So, work blew up last night and I still have a bad arm. But some Things!   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, May 10, 2018 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE TEMPTATIONS gallop through "I Can't Get Next to You" live on TOTP.

OKKERVIL RIVER (or Will Scheff anyway) played a Stereogum Session.

STEPHEN MALKMUS & THE JICKS get a mini-documentary.

GORDI plays a Tiny Desk Concert.


FRIGHTENED RABBIT's Scott Hutchison has been reported missing.

STEVE EARLE on Songwriting Secrets and Why He's Been Married Seven Times.

FOO FIGHTERS face an eight-year-old drummer.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at the Tornados' strange sci-fi instrumental "Telstar."


ANNETTE BENING has joined the cast of Captain Marvel.

IRON MAN's suit was stolen. For realsies.

TAYLOR SWIFT & KATY PERRY have buried the hatchet.Or maybe not.

MIRANDA KERR gave birth on Monday to a little boy.

CHRIS BROWN was just sued by a woman who claims she was raped at his house by one of his friends.

JUSTIN THEROUX and EMMA STONE left Rihanna's 2018 Met Gala after-party together.

ROSE McGOWAN takes her MeToo show on the road.

JORDAN PEELE announced plans for his next film.

ROBIN WILLIAMS: Inside His Final Days.

ANNE V. COATES, the five-time Academy Award-nominated film editor who won an Oscar for her work on the 1962 classic Lawrence of Arabia and most recently cut Fifty Shades of Grey, has died. She was 92.


NOAA conducted a deep-sea expedition in the Gulf of Mexico and came back with this jaw-dropping footage.

HARBOR SEAL that made mostly wrong Super Bowl picks dies. The NYP does not even let up in an obit for a seal.

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Nap Eyes, Sigur Ros, All Songs, Bobkittens   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, May 09, 2018 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE BONGOS: "Numbers With Wings" was nominated for Best Direction at the first MTV Video Awards

NAP EYES covers Lucinda Williams, Neil Young, and the Feelies for a Lagniappe Session.

SIGUR ROS shares the first volume of their "endless" ambient-music mixtape, Liminal.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: Tracks from Childish Gambino, Car Seat Headrest, LUMP, and more.

LATE BLOOMER shares "Heaven."

MIKE MYERS belts out "BBC," Austin Powers-style, with Mac DeMarco, Weyes Blood, and others.


FATHER JOHN MISTY brings "Mr. Tillman" to Jimmy Fallon.


LAURA VEIRS talks to Drowned In Sound about touring mothers, her love of vinyl, and how she keeps things fresh in the studio.

THE 25 BEST TEENAGE FANCLUB SONGS, according to PopMatters.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at the falsetto yowls of the Four Seasons' "Big Girls Don't Cry."


BILL & TED FACE THE MUSIC, is actually happening, some 29 years after the duo's first excellent adventure.

STAR WARS: Alden Ehrenreich has confirmed he signed on for a trilogy of Han Solo adventures. Now Ron Howard also says more Solo is possible.

KIRSTEN DUNST welcomed her first child with fiancé Jesse Plemons over the weekend.

RICK MORANIS will reprise his role as Spaceballs villain Dark Helmet in this Wednesday’s episode of The Goldbergs.

MEET ANDY MITCHELL, the Hollywood newcomer who’s poised to take over Weinstein Co.

ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT: The cast is not happy with the expanded and "recut" fourth season of the Netflix comedy. 


BOBCAT KITTENS, mistaken for domestic kittens, 3 people injured.

THE SWARM: Man drives 40 miles with 3000 bees loose in his truck cab.

RED DEER, with virtually no predators, are grazing a Scottish reserve’s replanting effort to death. Send in the wolves, the reserve’s owner says.

A DOG casually crashes a weather forecast.

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Dr Dog, Yours Are The Only Ears, Jade Bird, Otter   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, May 08, 2018 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE GO-GOS: "Our Lips Are Sealed" and "We Got the Beat" for Twofer Tuesday.

DR DOG plays the Palace.

YOURS ARE THE ONLY EARS stream Knock Hard.

JADE BIRD stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic.


PAUL McCARTNEY: "Birthday."

WILCO gets over two hours of discussion on Political Beats with guest Kevin Madden.

STOP MAKING SENSE: The Greatest Concert Film Of All-Time?

THE CARS: The Story Behind "My Best Friend's Girl."

THE NUMBER ONES looks at the Crystals' Phil Spector-produced girl-group classic "He's A Rebel"


BILL COSBY has been stripped of multiple Kennedy Center honors.

JEFFREY TAMBOR, in his first interview since facing accusations of inappropriate behavior on set.

JOHNNY DEPP attacked a location manager on the set of his upcoming film, LAbyrinth, multiple sources told Page Six.

TAYLOR SWIFT's personal record ticket sales didn't stop an unprecedented move on resales.

ELON MUSK and GRIMES are dating, reportedly.

THE GODFATHER is not up for a remake. Yet.

THE KARATE KID: An Oral History.


AN OTTER, dunking with authority.

FIREFIGHTERS REVIVE A KITTEN using an oxygen mask after a fire broke out at a home in Palm Bay, Florida.

ORPHAN ELEPHANTS rush home from bush school to have their evening milk bottles.

MAN MAULED TO DEATH BY BEAR while taking selfie with it.

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