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St Vincent, Curtis Harding, Hiss Golden Messenger, Goats   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, December 21, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


EURYTHMICS'. Dave Stewart declares "Christmas is For Lovers".

ST VINCENT stops by WFUV for a chat and mini-set.

CURTIS HARDING stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

HISS GOLDEN MESSENGER, Live at the Bowery Ballroom, Dec. 7, 2017.

BLOSSOMS shares a cover of McCartney's "Wonderful Christmastime" that imho is a big improvement.


KENDRA SMITH rejoined THE DREAM SYNDICATE on "Too Little Too Late" in L.A.

R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe and Mike Mills talk about "Try Not to Breathe" on the Song Exploder podcast.

THE HORRORS talk to Under The Radar about the fifth album which could have split them up.

THE BEST RESSUES of 2017, according to All Songs Considered.

IN MEMORIAM: NPR collects World Cafe performaces from some of the artists we lost in 2017.


T.J. MILLER's  animated series The Gorburger Show has been canceled by Comedy Central after one season, ostensibly unrelated to allegations of sexual misconduct in college.

GARY GODDARD, Hollywood producer, is accused of sexual misconduct by 8 former child actors.

MATT DAMON skipped the Downsizing premiere after taking flak for comments about Hollywood's  sexual misconduct scandals.

MINDY KALING welcomed her first child, a baby girl named Katherine Kaling, on Dec. 15.

VAL KILMER talks about battling cancer and more...

HUGH JACKMAN talks about his marriage.

CATT SADLER: Longtime E! News host has said goodbye after learning her male co-host was paid twice as much as she.

LEONARDO DICAPRIO is -- and I know this is tough to believe -- hooking up with another young model.

CHAPPAQUIDDICK dropped a trailer online.


GOAT YOGA comes to stressed travelers at the Denver airport.

LOUD ORGIES OF MEXICAN FISH could deafen dolphins, say scientists.

THE BATTLE to contain Africa's venomous snakes.

ABANDONED PETS swamp shelters in post-hurricane Puerto Rico.

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Pre-Holiday "News" is Slow. But Things.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, December 20, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


DARLENE LOVE's final "Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home)" for Letterman.

THE NATIONAL plays a mini-set on KEXP.

BENJAMIN BOOKER plays a mini-set on KEXP.


FIRST AID KIT covers Lorde's "Perfect Places."


YO LA TENGO backs MICHAEL SHANNON & FRED ARMISEN on Suicide's "Ghost Rider."

PAUL McCARTNEY is vlogging on Instagram.


MICRODISNEY is reuiniting after 30 years. My Mom was a fan.

WOLF ALICE is profiled Under The Radar.

THE BEST SONGS of 2017, per Said The Gramaphone.

LARGEHEARTED BOY's Favorite Albums of 2017.

THE GUMMY AWARDS results are announced.


T.J. MILLER (Silicon Valley) is accused of hitting and sexually assaulting a woman while in college.  He denies the claim.

MATT DAMON thinks the men in Hollywood who aren't sexual predators should be talked about more.

LADY GAGA is set for a 100MM Vegas run.

THE OFFICE: Returning to NBC?

JOHN LEGEND has been tapped for the title role in NBC's live staging of Jesus Christ Superstar, set for Easter Sunday. 

EVA LONGORIA and husband Jose Baston are expecting their first child together.

HEATHER NORTH, the longtime voice of the danger-prone Daphne Blake on TV's Scooby-Doo, has died.  She was 71.


SEVEN THINGS All Corgi Owners Know.


A COCKERELL, chased by a man with a golf club.

GOATS perform all your holiday favorites.

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Stars, Hanson, Lo Moon, Cat + Lynx   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, December 19, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


KIM WILDE drunkenly warbles "Kids In America" and "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" on the subway.

STARS stopped by WFUV's Studio A for a chat and mini-set.

HANSON plays a Holiday Tiny Desk Concert.

LO MOON plays a mini-set at KXT.


AVEY TARE (Animal Collective) shares a video for “Ms. Secret.”

OASIS gets a two-hour discussion on Political Beats with columnist Stephen Miller, which includes a very funny bit on Noel editing his own Wikipedia entry.

MICHAEL McDONALD talks to World Cafe about how he (and his kids) feel about having impressions done of his voice on late-night television, and being parodied in a web series about yacht rock.

JASON ISBELL & AMANDA SHIRES talk to The Record about speaking up.

AQUARIUM DRUNKARD's Year in Review 2017.


ANNA KOURNIKOVA & ENRIQUE IGLESIAS are first-time parents after a secret pregnancy.

JOHNNY DEPP and his former lawyers are suing each other.

THE LAST JEDI: Skywalker unlike the galaxy has never seen. (Spoilers.)

RIDLEY SCOTT reveals how Kevin Spacey was erased from All the Money in the World.

PARAMOUNT carves out territory for four tentpoles through 2021.

THE 20 WORST FILMS of 2017, according to The A.V. Club

TITANIC, 20 Years Later.

A CHRISTMAS STORY: Zack Ward, who played bully Scut Farkus in the classic film,talks about the royalty checks.


A STRAY CAT broke into a zoo and befriended a lynx.

SNOW MONKEYS & SIKA DEER, getting it on... mass hysteria!

WRANGLER, he Yellow Labrador who joined the Today show in 2016 to help educate the public on service dogs, is now joining a K-9 unit focused on detecting explosives

SHEEP. MARY tussle over baby Jesus in children's pageant gone hilariously awry.

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Holidaysing Very Hard. But I have Things.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, December 18, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


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

RAYN ADAMS & SHHAKEY GRAVES played Austin City Limits.

FOO FIGHTERS played a Christmas Medley on SNL.


WEEKEND BOX OFFICE:  The Last Jedi, to no one's surprise, topped the chart with a whopping 220MM.  That's signigficantly less than the 247MM debut of The Force Awakens, but was also to be expected from the mddle film of a trilogy that lacks Han Solo.  There's some drama in the gap between the critics on Rotten Tomatoes and the fairly bad public score there. However, TLJ also got an "A" CinemaScore and high marks from other similar surveys, so it will be interesting to see how this one stands by year's end.  Ferdinand placed with13.2MM, which seems like a terrible start until you remember that it was up against Star Wars; it still has a chance to find an audience over the core holiday season.  Coco, last weekend's champ, showed with 10MM, which seems good given both TLJ and Ferdinand competitng for family dollars.  Wonder took the fourth slot with 5.4MM, edging past Justice League's 4.2MM.  BTW, The Last Jedi's opening weekend beat Justice League's entire run in North America so far. Ouch.

PETER JACKSON claims Harvey and Bob Weinstein made an effort to blacklist Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino from starring in the Lord of the Rings franchise in the late 1990s.

MATT DAMON talks about Harvey Weinstein and sexual harassment.  Minnie Driver isn't having it.

BEN AFFLECK is continuing treatment for alcohol and substance abuse.

KELLY CUTRONE accuses Russell Simmons of attempted rape.

MATT LAUER's secret relationship with a TODY production assistant.

GENE SIMMONS is accused of “unwanted, unwarranted sexual advances” in a new lawsuit.

CAROLINA PANTHERS owner Jerry Richardson put his National Football League franchise up for sale, hours after the league said it had taken over an investigation into allegations of workplace misconduct.

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Aimee Mann, Curtis Harding, Emily Haines, Rag'n'Bone Man, Cow   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, December 15, 2017 - 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.

CURTIS HARDING brings the soul to WFUV's Studio A.

EMILY HAINES stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

RAG'N'BONE MAN also stopped by World Cafe.

S. CAREY shares “Still, Still, Still” (billed as a Christmas carol).

PURLING HISS shares “My Dreams."

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

THE TOP 40 POP SONGS of 2017, according to Stereogum.

BLANK PLACE: Richard Hell after Lexington. (Thx, Katherine)

THE SUSPECTS: Steve Wynn and Kendra Smith’s band before the Dream Syndicate.

WHAM!: The inside story of "Last Christmas."

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases are Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which is currently scoring 93 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; and Ferdinand, which is scoring 80 percent. Fairly sure the Jedi will win the weekend.

STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI, the eighth installment of the venerable space opera, may require a brief revisitation of theprior installment, The Force Awakens. I get the impression it didn't age well for many as essentially a remix of elements from the original trilogy and as featuring Rey as a "Mary Sue" character so instantly powerful that she efectively reduced the stakes in that film's climactic lightsaber battle.  I get those arguments, though I tended to think that there was probably a corporate imperative to assure people these new films were going to be more in the style of the originals than like the prequels, and because I thought Luke Skywalker was himself a bit precocious in Episode IV (though the point about that last fight in TFA is well-taken).  This was my basic mindset entering the theater.  On the other side, I can say that The Last Jedi does a better remix; some of the elements -- drawn primarily from The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi -- are obvious, but some are more subtle and those tend to work better.  And Rey is less of a Mary Sue insofar as the second act of the trilogy (in an echo of TESB) finds her challenged more on an emotional and personal level from both Luke Skywalker and Kylo Ren.  Poe Dameron gets a better arc in this picture, most likely because he was supposed to be killed early in the last installment and was grafted onto later versions of that script.  Finn continues to frustrate me insofar as there is an interesting idea to be explored in his character that the scripts have not executed well.  Mark Hamill gets a great turn as Luke; some may wonder if they stretched his demeanor a bit too much, but I'm forgiving given the lapse of time and how well Hamill delivers. I really can't say much non-spoilery about Leia Organa, save to say that Carrie Fisher's final performance is much improved over TFA (when she hadn't acted in a while).  Overall, the script is perhaps not as viscerally satisfying as some of the other installments -- and that's even adjusting for the inherent problems of a second-act movie.  Some of the remixed ideas are in fact weaknessses that get imported here.  For example, I don't think it's very spoilery of me to note that TESB -- considered by many to be the best of the franchise-- had a timeline does not withstand rigorous scrutiny.  Indeed, the second act of this second act gets into a sublot that really didn't do much for me (this is a big part of my Finn frustration).  And it only occurs to me now, decades later, that one of the subtexts of that film and this one is really a rather odd one for an all-ages space opera.  I can't tell you what it is here, but it goes from subtext to text in Poe's story here.

MARK HAMILL recalls the shock of finding out about Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford's secret affair, and more.

DUSTIN HOFFMAN is accused of sexual misconduct by three more women, anonymously.

HARVEY WEINSTEIN "does not recall" pressuring Salma Hayek to do a gratuitous sex scene with a female costar in Frida.

ESPN may not be the most female-friendly workplace, to put it mildly.

DISNEY WANTS TO BUY FOX: What does that mean?

THE DARKEST HOUR: Inside Gary Oldman's transformation into Winston Churchill.

DWAYNE "THE ROCK" JOHNSON  is actually considering running for President of the United States in 2024.

AWAY FROM A MANGER, a cow flees down I-95.

PET HOARDING: An animal group has removed more than 100 cats from a central Ohio home where 55 other felines were found dead.

SHELTER DOGS may be forced into Veganism in Los Angeles.

ASBESTOS THE KITTY is living the good life after falling through his new owner’s ceiling.

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