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Extra-busy Work Weekend, But I have Things.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, July 02, 2018 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


LET'S FACE IT, WITH A MID-WEEK HOLIDAY, "news" is likely to be soft in general, but I have a few Things.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE:  Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom repeats atop the chart with 60MM on a 60 percent drop. That falloff, and a domestic total of 264.8MM to date, are a bit anemic.  OTOH, the 667.6MM in overseas receipts during World Cup season is impressive and means the studio won't be sweating it much.  Incredibles 2 places with 45.5MM on a leggy 43 percent drop; its 439.8MM total makes it the second-biggest domestic gross for Pixar -- and it will likely become thebiggest over the holiday weekend.  Sicario: Day of the Soldado shows 19MM against a 35MM budget, an iffy showing that makes theater profits dependent on how much was spent on advertising.  Uncle Drew took the fourth slot with 15MM against a reported 20MM budget, which looks a little better, even if there's a big drop next weeekend.  Ocean's 8 rounds out the Top Five with another 8MM on a leggy 30 percent drop and will likely warrant another installment of this franchise.

KALEY CUOCO tied the knot with professional equestrian Karl Cook at an intimate weddingon Saturday.

HEATHER LOCKLEAR will soon move from the psychiatric ward at an L.A.-area hospital to a long-term facility.

CHRIS PRATT is reportedly "smitten" by Katherine Schwarzenegger.

OWEN WILSON could be expecting his third child.

LITTLE WOMEN: The latest take on the Louisa may Alcott classic is drawing interest from Greta Gerwig, Meryl Streep, Emma Stone, Saoirse Ronan and Timothee Chalamet.

STAR WARS: The new Rian Johnson-helmed trilogy could begin as soon as 2020.

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Power Pop (Redux), Florence + The Machine, Greta Van Fleet, Anna Burch, Hot Dog   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, June 29, 2018 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



... with POWER POP (REDUX)! For whatever reason, I have considered Summer the ideal season for gems like Badfinger's "No Matter What" (which Pate covered on occasion) and "Baby Blue", and even Todd Rundgren's "I Saw the Light" and Cheap Trick's "I Want You to Want Me."  Ditto for more obscure tracks like The Rubinoos "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend" (see also their vintage cover of "Please Please Me"), Off Broadway's "Stay In Time" and "Full Moon Turn My Head Around," and Pezband's "Baby It's Cold Outside" and "Close Your Eyes."

FLORENCE + THE MACHINE play unpluggedy on the BBC.

GRETA VAN FLEET brings the 70s to Morning Becomes Eclectic.

ANNA BURCH stops by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

GREG NORMAN joined THE POSIES on "Makes No Sense At All" and other Hüsker Dü classics.

GUNS N' ROSES shares an early, piano-only demo of "November Rain."

BEEZEWAX shares "Rainbows."

THE LEMON TWIGS tease a new album and it sounds so mid-period Beach Boys.

THE ISLEY BROTHERS: "Shout." Shindig. Friday. A little bit louder now.

LOCAL NATIVES discuss what they're drinking, the lasting legacy of 'Gorilla Manor', and how their writing process has evolved.

PARAMORE & SOCCER MOMMY: Tourmates Hayley Williams and Sophie Allison talk generational divides, boosting fellow women, and the best Thai food in Nashville.

BRYAN ADAMS addresses longtime rumors of a romantic relationship with Princess Diana.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at the Animals' dark, doomy masterpiece "The House Of The Rising Sun."

NOW SHOWING:  This weekend's wide releases are Sicario: Day of the Soldado, which is currently scoring 72 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; and Uncle Drew, scoring 59 percent.

ME TOO: Twenty women and men speak, in their own words, about what came after they revealed their long-secret stories in The New York Times.

RUSSELL SIMMONS is newly accused of rape -- and MSNBC is accused of spiking the story.

SCARLETT JOHANSSON denies auditioning to be Tom Cruise's boyfriend.

KENDRICK LAMAR is profiled in Vanity Fair.

GAME OF THRONES: Sophie Turner promises the final seasoon will be bloodier, with more death and emotional torture than all prior years.

INDIANA JONES will not be riding back into theaters on July 10, 2020.

HARLAN ELLISON, a brilliant and difficult sci-fi author, who penned short stories, novellas and criticism, contributed to TV series including The Outer Limits, Star Trek and Babylon 5 and won a notable copyright infringement suit against ABC and Paramount and a settlement in a similar suit over The Terminator, has died. He was 84. BTW, that Trek episode was  “City on the Edge of Forever,” arguably the best of the series -- and Ellison hated the way it was rewritten.

A SMALL DOG trapped in a hot truck desperately honks the horn.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: A militant rodent steals a cop's dount.

THE SMELL OF DEAD SHARKS may protect surfers from attacks.

THE PANGOLIN is the most trafficked animal in the world.

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Father John Misty, Dave Matthews, Lily Konigsberg, Iguanas   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE BLACK HOLLIES with the grainy, garagey "Tell Me What You Want".

FATHER JOHN MISTY plays Morning Becomes Eclectic.

DAVE MATTHEWS plays a Tiny Desk Concert.

LILY KONIGSBERG streams 4 picture tear.

ST PAUL & THE BROKEN BONES shares "Apollo."

VAN DALE shares “Silver Lining.”


VAMPIRE WEEKEND mashes up “Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa” with “Here Comes The Sun.”

PRINCE's estate and Sony have signed an exclusive distribution agreement that covers 35 of the iconic musician's previously released albums

BEACH HOUSE talks to Kyle Meredith about how Warhol and numerology influenced their new album, 7.

JOE JACKSON, music manager and father to 11 children, including pop superstar Michael and Janet Jackson, has died, aged 89.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at "Where Did Our Love Go," the first of many No. 1 hits for the Supremes.


WONDER WOMAN 2: First look at Kristen Wiig as Cheetah?

CHRIS HARDWICK is defended by a different ex.

JARED LETO has signed on to star as a living vampire in Morbius, Sony’s latest entry into its Marvel-based, Spider-Man-centric universe of characters.

JOHN OLIVER TONIGHT is banned in China.

THE TOP 10 FILMS of 2018 (So Far), according to Consequence of Sound.

ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD: A first look at Quentin Tarantino's next film.


IGUANAS FIGHT in a Starbuck's parking lot.

A POLICE DOG is trained to provide CPR.

120000 BEES killed for no reason.

THE BIRDS: Residents in a Victorian building in south west London are being ‘cooped' up in the sweltering heat, because pigeons keep invading their homes.

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Ruen Bros, Kississippi, Bodega, Sully   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


SOUTHSIDE JOHNNY & THE ASBURY JUKES play "Love on the Wrong Side of Town" for OGWT.

THE RUEN BROTHERS stop by the World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

KISSISSIPPI stops by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

BODEGA stops The Current for a chat and mini-set.

MARISSA NADLER shares "For My Crimes" (ft. Angel Olsen)

ERIC BACHMANN shares "No Recover."

SATURDAY NIGHT shares "Curse or Blessing."


CHAKA KHAN reurns with a video that's "Like Sugar."

THE KINKS: Ray Davies says a reunion is coming; Dave is a little less confident.

BARRY GIBB got knighted.

THE KILLERS' show in Wales sprung a leak.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Dean Martin's anachronistic cheesefest "Everybody Loves Somebody."


HEATHER LOCKLEAR is hospitalized again after cops got a call for someone overdosing at her home Monday afternoon ... just hours after she had bailed out of jail. 

DAVID LYNCH pens an open letter clarifying his recent comments about Pres. Trump.

JERRY SEINFELD is weighing in on the Roseanne Barr controversy, calling her being fired from her eponymous sitcom "overkill."

LINDSAY LOHAN: Once America's favorite troubled teen, treated with scorn and sexism, our greatest export reveals she's in a better place now

JEREMY IRONS joins the cast of HBO's Watchmen.

SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE at 25: Producer Gary Foster narrates the film's journey from spec script to screen.

THE BEST TV of 2018 (So Far), according to Alan Sepinwall.


SULLY: Fmr Pres George H. W. Bush's new service dog.

A FLAMINGO that escaped a Kansas zoo in 2005 has been spotted in Texas.

SEARCH FOR THE TASMANIAN TIGER: Could a global icon of extinction still be alive?

HERO BIRD blocks Dave Matthews.

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Derek Smalls, Country Soul Sisters, Self-Defense Family, Rabbit   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, June 26, 2018 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE YOUNG FRESH FELLOWS, cranking out "I Don't Let The Little Things Get Me Down" and "Rock & Roll Pest Control" raw for Twofer Tuesday

DEREK SMALLS (Spinal Tap) stops by the World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

COUNTRY SOUL SISTERS V: An Aquarium Drunkard mixtape.

SELF-DEFENSE FAMILY advance streams Have You Considered Punk Music.

RADIOHEAD rarity "Come To Your Senses" emerges in full for the first time.




LIZ COOPER & THE STAMPEDE shares a video for "Hey Man."

JOHN COLTRANE's never-released 1963 studio album is out this Friday.

THE CARS: So much more than their greatest hits.

THE BEST SONGS of 2018 (So Far), according to NPR.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at "A Hard Day's Night," maybe the greatest song from the Beatles' early boom period.


HEATHER LOCKLEAR was arrested Sunday night for battery on a police officer ... and this is the second time.

KANYE WEST talks to the NYT and is very Kanye West.

DAVID LYNCH talks to the press and is very David Lynch.

PIERCE BROSNAN thinks Tom Hardy should play James Bond.

HOW DISNEY snuck A Wrinkle In Time to 100MM.

CARRIE FISHER reportedly had low-key affairs with David Bowie and Freddie Mercury when she was just 17, a new biography has claimed.

RUSSELL CROWE has been cast as the late FNC chief Roger Ailes in a Showtime mini-series.  Wsa John Goodman unavailable?


A RABBIT celebrates Japan's World Cup victory by humping Pokémon's Charmander.

RATTLESNAKES in your pool noodles.  Have fun swimming!

DINOSAURS couldn't do this.

CHIMPS like butts and they cannot lie.

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