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Lee Renaldo, Tift Merritt, Hovvdy, Steely Dan, Seagull   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, February 06, 2018 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



PARAMORE play morning show hosts in their new "Rose-Colored Boy" video.

LEE RENALDO stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

TIFT MERRITT plays the Mountain Stage.

HOVVDY streams Cranberry.

SLOAN shares "The Day Will Be Mine."


R.E.M., playing "Radio Free Europe" and "So. Central Rain (I'm Sorry)" for their network TV debut ... and Twofer Tuesday.

STEELY DAN gets almost 2 hours of discussion on Political Beats with guest Eli Lake.

THE 20 BEST LEAD-OFFS ON DEBUT ALBUMS, according to Salon.

PATTERSON HOOD of  the Drive-By Truckers talks to The Los Angeles Review of Books.

HOT CHIP's TOP 10 SONGS, according to Stereogum.


SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY has a full trailer online.

JOHN MAHONEY, best known for playing Martin Crane on 11 seasons of Frasier, died in Chicago on Sunday while in hospice care, his manager, Paul Martino, confirmed. He was 77. Mahoney worked in film for more than 35 years, appearing in classics like The American President, Moonstruck, In the Line of Fire, and Say Anything.

KELSEY GRAMMER, meanwhile, is now doing opera.

HARVEY WEINSTEIN is thinking of suing Uma Thurman. Good luck with that.

BLACK PANTHER: Chadwick Bozeman and Ryan Coogler talk to Variety about their upcoming blockbuster. Sonny Bunch reminds us of past African-American comic book movie heroes.

KIM CATRALL's brother went missing and has been announced as dead.


MAN ATTACKED by rescued seagull.

A MASSIVE TIGER SNAKE invades a home office.

A HORSE startled by an umbrella goes nuts near Central Park.

IT'S RAINING ELK, sort of.

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Dennis Edwards RIP, Pate, LCD Soundsystem, Bat Fangs, Kangaroo   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, February 05, 2018 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


DENNIS EDWARDS, who succeeded David Ruffin in The Temptations, has died aged 74 of complications from meningitis.  He was the lead singer on a series of hits including Cloud Nine, Ball of Confusion, and the epic Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone.

CLAUDE PATE: The Situation EP is steaming on Spotify.

LCD SOUNDSYSTEM plays a set on Austin City Limits.

BAT FANGS are streaming their debut on Spotify.

TALKING HEADS: "Once In a Lifetime." How did I get here?

DESTROYER: Dan Bejar talks about returning to songwriting on guitar for ken.

BEYOND RETRO: Remixers are taking new hits back to the 80s.

THE TOP 10 SIMPLE MINDS SONGS, according to Stereogum.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Wilbert Harrison's R & B standard "Kansas City."

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle climbs back to the top of the chart on the traditionally slow SuperBowl weekend with another 11MM on a leggy 32 percent drop. It's Sony's third-biggest hit ever, behind the first two Spider-Man movies. The Maze Runner: The Death Cure places with 10.2MM on a not-so-leggy 58 percent drop. The debut of Winchester shows with 9.3MM and likely dies next weekend when a normal slate of movies are released.  The Greatest Showman remains in fourth on arguably one of the leggiest performances of all time (leggier than Titanic, albeit with lower overall numbers). Hostiles round out the Top Five with 5.5MM on a 45 percent drop; it's now in danger of not recouping its budget domestically.

UMA THURMAN accuses Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct, and Quentin Tarantino of endangering her life.

VINCENT CIRRINIONE helped Halle Berry and Taraji P. Henson become stars, and now stands accused of unwanted sexual advances.

KATE UPTON accused the Guess fashion brand's co-founder Paul Marciano of sexual harassment.

KYLIE JENNER and Travis Scott are parents after she gave birth Thursday to a “beautiful and healthy” baby girl.

NATALIE PORTMAN defended the Star Wars prequels in a NSFW SNL rap video.

ALEC BALDWIN skewers Trump, but defends Allen and Toback.

JOHN STAMOS and his fiance Caitlin McHugh got married.  And robbed.

A KANGAROO takes out a Queensland cyclist.

NIGEL, the world's loneliest bird, died next to the decoy he loved.

A FALLING GOOSE knocked out a hunter after being shot.

SNAKE secretly flushing a toilet.

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That's right, woodchuck chuckers...   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, February 02, 2018 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



I got flowers...in the Spring...

First D.J.: "Rise and shine, campers and don't forget your booties 'cause it's cooooold out there today."

Second D.J.: "It's cold out there every day. What is this, Miami Beach?"

First D.J.: "Not hardly. So the big question o­n everybody's lips..."

Second D.J.: "O­n their chapped lips..."

First D.J.: "...their chapped lips is, 'Does Phil feel lucky?' Punxsatawney Phil! That's right, woodchuck chuckers, it's...


Today, Punxsutawney Phil ---  the Seer of Seers, Sage of Sages, Prognosticator of Prognosticators, and Weather Prophet Extraordinary will predict whether we will have six more weeks of winter.  According to the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club, Phil has seen his shadow 103 times, and hasn't seen it (predicting an early spring) only 18 times.  Phil's track record is hotly disputed, though he's has had a pretty good run recently.  Nevertheless, thousands will await the sunrise and the groundhog at Gobbler's Knob in the tiny Pennsylvania hamlet that has become known as the "Weather Capital of the World," due in no small part to the movie that makes every day Groundhog Day.

This is o­ne time where the Internet really fails to capture the true excitement of a movie about a large squirrel predicting the weather. However, you can see the trailer as a refresher (while BuzzFeed compiles trivia).

In 2005, Roger Ebert revisited Groundhog Day, declaring that the film "finds its note and purpose so precisely that its genius may not be immediately noticeable. It unfolds so inevitably, is so entertaining, so apparently effortless, that you have to stand back and slap yourself before you see how good it really is."

At the other end of the political spectrum, Jonah Goldberg's equally effusive movie meditation grabbed the cover of National Review: "When I set out to write this article, I thought it'd be fun to do a quirky homage to an offbeat flick, o­ne I think is brilliant as both comedy and moral philosophy. But while doing what I intended to be cursory research -- how much reporting do you need for a review of a twelve-year-old movie that plays constantly o­n cable? -- I discovered that I wasn't alone in my interest. In the years since its release the film has been taken up by Jews, Catholics, Evangelicals, Hindus, Buddhists, Wiccans, and followers of the oppressed Chinese Falun Gong movement."

Indeed, a 2004 article mentioned by Ebert (but not linked) from London's Independent observes that the Harold Ramis comedy has been hailed by some religious leaders as the most spiritual film of all time. More examples can be found at the NYT and the Christian Science Monitor.

As Phil Connors ultimately observed: "When Chekhov saw the long winter, he saw a winter bleak and dark and bereft of hope. Yet we know that winter is just another step in the cycle of life. But standing here among the people of Punxsutawney and basking in the warmth of their hearths and hearts, I couldn't imagine a better fate than a long and lustrous winter."

ACCORDINGLY, we conclude:

...with Sonny & Cher o­n Hullabaloo and famously o­n Letterman years later, plus UB40 with Chrissie Hynde, not to mention The Cynics (from the Bonograph tribute CD), and David Bowie & Marianne Faithfull.

UPDATE: Phil saw his shadow, efectively forecasting another six weeks of winter.   In NJ, Milltowm Mel predicted an early spring.

SON LUX advance streams Brighter Wounds.

PALM advance streams Rock Island.

TWINK, a veteran of the '60s and '70s British psych scene (Tomorrow, The Pretty Things), is back with Think Pink III.

CASSANDRA JENKINS streams her new live EP.

NICKLAS PASCHBERG advance streams Oceanic.

THURSTON MOORE shares "Mx Liberty."

GIRLPOOL & DEV HYNES team up on "Picturesong."

JON PRATT: Pate's frontman covers Freddy Fender's "Wasted Days and Wasted Nights."

BRYAN FERRY on on how Roxy Music invented a new kind of pop.

JANE BIRKIN talks to Magnet about France, Charlotte Serge, etc.

NEIL YOUNG is starring in Daryl Hannah's Western, Paradox.

THE NUMBER ONES hops on Dave "Baby" Cortez's "The Happy Organ."

WINCHESTER, which was not screened for critics, is the only wide released dumped on SuperBowl weekend.

ROBERT WAGNER is officially named as a "person of interest" in Natalie Woods’ death, 37 years later.

JIM CARREY is cleared over the wrongful death of former girlfriend.

RYAN SEACREST:  An E! investigation into allegations of misconduct has found “insufficient evidence to support the claims” against the popular on-air personality.

STAN LEE has been hospitalized but is doing fine.

BLACK PANTHER co-writer Joe Robert Colegives Uproxx a behind-the-scenes look at how he helped bring a cinematic version of Wakanda to reality.

CHRIS PRATT's Cowboy Ninja Viking has a director: Michelle MacLaren, who is best known for her award-winning work on the acclaimed television shows Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones.

KATHY GRIFFIN: Can a Comic in Exile Come Back? Can she come back as Annie Lennox?

A DONKEY leads an escaped herd of goats and sheep through a California neighborhood.

A DOG tracks down a cat at Sea-Tac.

A CAT steals the neighborhood underwear.

STU THE TURKEY terrorizes Mount Lebanon.

FIONA THE HIPPO makes a SuperBowl pick.

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Lee Ann Womack, Alice Smith, Anna Burch, Killer Whale   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, February 01, 2018 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS feature Nick Offerman in the video for “The Greatest.

LEE ANN WOMACK stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

ALICE SMITH plays a Tiny Desk Concert.

ANNA BURCH plays a Stereogum Session.

COURTNEY MARIE ANDREWS shares "Kindness Of Strangers."

CAROLINE ROSE shares "Getting To Me."

FINE CHINA reurns with the 80s-ish "Anybody Else."


THE SMITHEREENS: "Behind The Wall Of Sleep", Live on TheTube, 1987.

SHIELA E & MORRIS DAY talk to The Current about their Prince tribute, etc.

CAR SEAT HEADREST Will Toledo discussed the forthcoming reimagined Twin Fantasy with Rolling Stone.

JOHNNY MARR talks to NME about Maxine Peak, homelessness, working with Noel Gallagher and his next album.

THE DECEMBERISTS' Colin Meloy talks to The Current about how he and the band broke out of their comfort zone.


HARVEY WEINSTEIN's lawyer says Rose McGowan's rape claim is a "bold lie."

HAYLEY ATWELL is the latest to apologize for working with Woody Allen.

MARK SALLING's suicide isn't just a tragic ending for him and his family, but it also screws over his victims.

OPRAH WINFREY has dropped Russell Simmons from her latest book after multiple women accused him of sexual misconduct.

FANTASTIC BEASTS: Dumbledore is not expresly gay in the sequel. NTTAWWT.

DREW CAREY is engaged to Dr Amie Hardwick.

GWYNETH PALTROW approves of ex Chris Martin dating Dakota Johnson.


CANDYGRAM! Killer whale learns to imitate human speech.

THIS IS HOW YOU ESCAPE a Cheetah, if You're an Impala.

LARGE BEETLES are shrinking due to climate change, according to a new study.

A COW skids down an icy road.

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Slowdive, First Aid Kit, Wolf Parade, Shower Rats   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



LAURA VEIRS shares "Everybody Needs You."

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

FIRST AID KIT visits Morning Becomes Eclectic.

WOLF PARADE visits Morning Becomes Eclectic.

WYE OAK shares "The Louder I Call, the Faster It Runs."

DUNGEN and WOODS team up on "Turn Around."



PAUL SIMON is playing a Farewell Show in London's Hyde Park.

THE VELVET UNDERGROUND's White Light/White Heat turned 50; here are 10 things you don't know, and covers.

BUCKINGHAM NICKS: Stevie's blueprint?

THE TOP 10 WAR ON DRUGS SONGS, according to Stereogum


THE ANT-MAN AND THE WASP has a trailer online.

BLACK PANTHER: Early reactions on Twitter are breathless.

MEL GIBSON has JAMES CAVIEZEL onboard The Passion of the Christ sequel.

QUINCY JONES has stories to tell GQ, and criticism of Taylor Swift.

GRAMMYS Prez Neil Portnow apologized for saying would have to “step up” in order to win more Grammys.

MARK SALLING (Glee) died by suicide at 35, before sentencing on a child pr0n conviction.

CHRIS PRATT was inspired by beer to star in his first commercial.

DMXwas imprisoned as a flight risk after a positive drug test.


SHOWERING RAT: Fact or Fiction?

AN EMOTIONAL SUPPORT PEACOCK was refused a United flight.

A LOST CAT reunited with its owner after a decade.

THE HUMANE SOCIETY CEO has been hit with sexual harassment accusations.

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