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Angel Olsen, Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile, Gogol Bordello, Snake vs Iguana   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, November 01, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



MARK LANEGAN shared a video for “Emperor.”

ANGEL OLSEN played Austin City Limits.

COURTNEY BARNETT & KURT VILE stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

GOGOL BORDELLO play it fast and loose in The Current's studio.


JIM JAMES covers the Beach Boys' "I Just Wasn't Made For These Times."

THE LEES OF MEMORY share “Where The Sun Never Shines” and “Keep A Tight Grip On Your Mind."


THE PRIMITONS play "Seeing Is Believing" at an in-store appearance from 1985.  Proof positive that the Internet makes the "Where Are They Now?" file bottomless.  Background at Trouser Press.

HUSKER DU is the subject of a five-part, three hour podcast.

HALL & OATES are the subject of a two-hour edition of Political Beats.

THE LEMON TWIGS discuss their music influences and their vision for their future.

THE TOP NINE R.E.M. Songs...post-Bill Berry.


KEVIN SPACEY's former theater has opened a confidential tip line for reporting “inappropriate behavior.”  Filming on the upcoming sixth and final season of House of Cards has been suspended indefinitely.  There's talk of a spinoff.

HARVEY WEINSTEIN's accusers now date back to the Seventies.  He's reportedly telling friends “that he was born to take the fall for his behavior in order to ‘change the world.’"

JEREMY PIVEN was accused of groping reality TV actress Ariana Bellamar.

ANDY DICK was fired from a movie over sex harassment allegations.

J-ROD: Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez are the Vanity Fair cover story.

THOR: RAGNAROK director Taika Waititi can't believe he did it either.

MARK HAMILL is profiled by the New York Times.

JOHN CARPENTER talks about the soundtrack of his life.


STRANGER THINGS' Millie Bobby Brown is profiled at Variety.

BLOCKBUSTER VIDEO has become an Alaskan tourist attraction.


A SNAKE tries to devour an iguana whole.

DEATH BY BRAIN-EATING FUNGUS sounds like a horror movie but it’s a fact of life for ants.

LYNX on the lam in Wales.

A BEAVER knocked out power near Prince Albert.

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Halloween and Work. But Things! Harvey Weinstein and Rodents of Unisual Size...   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



ICYMI:  The traditional Pate Halloween special from Friday.

WORLD CAFE posted a Halloween playlist at Spotify.

THE WAR ON DRUGS shared a video for "Nothing to Find."


HARVEY WEINSTEIN has been expelled for life from the Producers' Guild.

HOUSE OF CARDS will end after the current season, following allegations of unwanted sexual advances in 1986 by Kevin Spacey against then-14-year-old Anthony Rapp.


DANNY LLOYD: Whatever happened to that kid from The Shining?

EDGAR WRIGHT's 100 Favorite Horror Movies.


RODENTS OF UNUSUAL SIZE has a trailer online.

A BOBCAT startled a newspaper publisher in the bathroom.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT hits Pullman, Wash.

DOZENS OF OCTOPUSES have been spotted emerging from the ocean and crawling along the Welsh coast in a nightly pilgrimage that has perplexed people at a seaside town.


More tomorrow, barring tragedy.

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Dylan, Blitzen Trapper, Maylee Todd, Gord Downie, Cat Maze   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, October 30, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


ARIEL PINK shares a video for "I Wanna Be Young."

BOB DYLAN advance streams selections from Trouble No More - Bootleg Series Vol. 13.

BLITZEN TRAPPER advance streams Wild and Reckless.

MAYLEE TODD advance streams Acts of Love.

GORD DOWNIE (The Tragically Hip) posthumously streams Introduce Yerself.


THE BOOMTOWN RATS: "I Don't Like Mondays," live at the Secret Policemen's Other Ball.

PRINCE's 1999 is reconsidered at 35 by Rolling Stone and Diffuser.

BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE's Kevin Drew discussed the band's latest album with PopMatters.

BILLY BRAGG Wants to Know Which Side You’re On.

THE BEST NEW BANDS of 2017, according to Stereogum.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Jigsaw topped the chart with 16.5MM against a 10MM budget, among the lowest openings of the Saw franchise on a weekend that overall was among the worst of the decade. Tyler Perry's Boo 2! A Madea Halloween placed with 10MM on a 53 percent drop typical of Tyler Peryy flicks.  Geostorm showed with 5.7MM on 59 percent drop in its second weekend... but it's made over 1110MM in foreign markets.  The disaster flick could still wind up as one, dpending on the marketing budget. Happy Death Day took the fourth slot with 5MM on a 46 percent drop, which is fine with 48MM domestic against a 4.8MM budget.  Blade Runner 2049 rounded out the Top Five with 4MM on a 46 percent drop; the worldwide total so far is 223MM, but with a budget somewhere between 150-185M, the big winner here may be Thor: Ragnarok, opening this week. Below the fold, both Thank You For Your Service and Suburbicon opened poorly, particularly given the weak competition.

ANNABELLA SCIORRA claims she was raped by harvey Weinstein.

RACHEL McADAMS & SELMA BLAIR claim they were harassed by writer-director James Toback.Toback fights back at Rolling Stone.

ROSE McGOWAN called out Hollywood in a public address. Planet Terror director Robert Rodriguez claims he cast McGowan to spite Weinstein and Weinstein buried the release out of spite.

HARVEY WEINSTEIN sues the Weinstein Company for access to records.

KEVIN SPACEY has been accused of making an advance on a 14-year-old boy in 1986. Spacey responded. It got bad reviews.

CBS Diversity Showcase Director Rick Najera Exits Amid Harassment Allegations.

KEN BAKER of E! News is accused of sexual harasment.

TERRY RICHARDSON: The tip of the harassment iceberg in fashion.

GAME CHANGE: HBO dropped a planned mini-series about the 2016 election after journalist-author Mark Halperin was accused of sexually harassing women.

SIMON COWELL was rushed to the hospital by ambulance after falling down the stairs at his London home.

KRISTIN DAVIS isn't giving up on future Sex and the City projects.

THE AMEOWZING 50 Box Cat Maze.

A STRAY CAT broke into a zoo and became best friends with a lynx.

A JEALOUS CAT joins his dog siblings.

A DYING CHIMP recognizes an old friend.

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Antici...   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, October 27, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...STREAMING FROM THE CASTLE EAST! This fan-made 1973 video for "The Monster Mash" is today's must-see clip (natch), though you can also see Bobby "Boris" Pickett perform it live at Little Steven's Halloween a Go-Go 2005. The covers by The Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band and The Misfits are pretty good also -- the latter uses clips from the Rankin-Bass animated classic, Mad Monster Party.

THE SHAGGS: It's Halloween!

JIM CARROLL (deceased) sings about "People Who Died."

KISS got their first television exposure in 1976 on The Paul Lynde Halloween Special. (At ~26:00, though the whole thing is scary in its own way.)

"DO THEY KNOW IT'S HALLOWEEN?" is the all-star charity send-up of Band-Aid's "Do They Know It's Christmas?" featuring Roky Erikson, Elvira, plus members from Arcade Fire, Sonic Youth, Smoosh, Rilo Kiley, Sparks and many more.

52 HORROR RELEASES from the Free Music Archive.

HALLOWEEN A/V: The Talking Heads' "Psycho Killer," Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Bad Moon Rising," Echo & the Bunnymen's "The Killing Moon,"  Santana's "Black Magic Woman", The Ramones' "Pet Sematary," Alice Cooper's "Welcome to My Nightmare," Siouxsie & the Banshees' "Halloween," The Eagles' "Witchy Woman," Tegan & Sara's "Walking With a Ghost," Stevie Wonder's "Superstition," Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds' "Red Right Hand," AC/DC's "Hell's Bells," The Cramps' "Goo Goo Muck," Blue Oyster Cult's "Don't Fear The Reaper (More Cowbell)," Tom Waits' "Cemetery Polka," The Edgar Winter Group's "Frankenstein," and Oingo Boingo's "Dead Man's Party."  And, of course... Screamin' Jay Hawkins.

THE ROLLING STONES' "Sympathy For The Devil" from the David Frost Show just plain amuses me. Monty Python makes much more sense when you know most of them once wrote for Frost.

WARREN ZEVON: A live trifecta of "Werewolves of London," "Excitable Boy" and "Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner."

THOMAS DOLBY: How about the mad vibe of "She Blinded Me With Science"?

HENRI MANCINI: "Experiment in Terror." A sentimental favorite to those who grew up watching "Creature Features" on WGN before it went superstation.

THE TIME WARP: Let's do it again.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases include Jigsaw, which was not screened for critics; Suburbicon, which is currently scoring 33 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; and Thank You For Your Service, scoring 72 percent.

AND NOW: A Sophisticated Man About Town. Super-duper.

GRIM GRINNING GHOSTS, from the Haunted Mansion.

"THRILLER": The original 13-minute Jacko classic, plus the filipino prisoners.

IT'S THE GREAT PUMPKIN, CHARLIE BROWN is viewable at ABC. Also, Rifftrax is available. The WaPo has 7 Things You Don't Know about the perennial Peanuts classic. Vox thinks it's a Christmas special. And master troll Andrew Stiles finds the whole thing very problematic.

15 FACTS ABOUT HALLOWEEN: I counted more than that.  AND FIVE THINGS you may not know about Halloween.

THE TOP 10 SCI-FI HORROR FLICKS, according to Forbes.

THE 25 SCARIEST OPENING SCENES in horror-movie history, according to The A/V Club.

WE THE PEOPLE, against the zombies.

DOCUMENTING MADNESS: The Making of The Shining. Directed by Vivian Kubrick.

IS FROZEN Disney's version of The Shining?

THE HORRIBLY SLOW MURDERER With the Extremely Inefficient Weapon. Ten minutes of unimaginable terror.

13 MUSICIANS recount paranormal experiences.

WAR of the WORLDS: All these decades years later, you can stream the infamous Orson Welles broadcast from the Internet Archive.

THE WILHELM SCREAM: The repeatedly used film and television stock sound effect first used in 1951 for the film Distant Drums, now appearing as an in-joke in many films, is the subject of a Masters of Horror segment.



HALLOWEEN: A Foodie History.

THE WEEKLY SUBSTANDARD Halloween Candy Draft is tremendous.  (NSFW content included)

DIED IN HOUSE: They're Heeeeeerrrrrrreeeeee...

THE 100 BEST HORROR FILMS, compiled by TimeOut with assistance from filmmakers like Guillermo del Toro, Clive Barker and Roger Corman to actors, academics and fans of scary movies including Simon Pegg, Kim Newman and Alice Cooper.

THE 25 BEST HORROR FILMS SINCE 2000, according to The A.V. Club.

THE TOP 10 HORROR MOVIES YOU HAVEN'T SEEN, according to the UAB Kaleidescope.

THE 15 SCARIEST FILMS YOU'VE NEVER SEEN, according to Variety, though I've seen Alice Sweet Alice.


THE 20 ESSENTIAL VAMPIRE MOVIES, according to Flavorwire.

23 UNUSUAL VAMPIRE VARIATIONS, courtesy of The A.V. Club.

THE 25 MOST RIDICULOUS Movies "Of The Dead."


AUSTIN POWERS masks are hot this year, thanks to Baby Driver.


END CAT: Jake receives transmissions from the future.





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Fats Domino, RIP. And more.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


FATS DOMINO, the New Orleans rhythm-and-blues singer whose two-fisted boogie-woogie piano and nonchalant vocals, heard on dozens of hits, made him one of the biggest stars of the early rock ’n’ roll era, died on Tuesday at his home in Harvey, La., across the Mississippi River from New Orleans. He was 89.  Fats had more than three dozen Top 40 pop hits through the 1950s and early ’60s, among them “Blueberry Hill,” Ain’t It a Shame” (also known as “Ain’t That a Shame,” which is the actual lyric), “I’m Walkin’,” “Blue Monday” and “Walkin’ to New Orleans.” He reportedly sold more than 65 million records, outselling Little Richard, Chuck Berry and Buddy Holly – combined.  The Guardian esays his impact.

JD McPHERSON played in Nashville for The Current.

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

SLAUGHTER BEACH, DOG streams Birdie.

MORRISSEY shares "I Wish You Lonely."

FRANZ FERDINAND reurns with “Always Ascending.

BRIAN ENO & KEVIN SHIELDS (My Bloody Valentine) share "Only One Away My Son."


MADNESS: "It Must Be Love."

ALICE GLASS accuses former Crystal Castles bandmate of sexual assault, which he denies.

JULIA HOLTER says that Matt Mondanile was "emotionally abusive" to her.

SCOTT McCAUGHEY talks to Aquarium Drunkard about Filthy Friends, the last days of R.E.M. and more...

A LOOK AT PRINCE Through the Lens of His Personal Photographer.


EMMA STONE has been seeing Saturday Night Live writer and segment director Dave McCary for at least three months.

HARVEY WEINSTEIN faces another rape allegation.

RONAN FARROW is working on another Weinstein expose, focused on the company.

HOW TO SUCCEED as a Woman Producer in Hollywood's Boys' Club.

DANA CARVEY worries about "Trump fatigue" on SNL.

FMR. PRES. GEORGE H. W. BUSH apologized for patting actresses on the rear.

ANNA FARIS discussed rumors that then-hubby Chris Pratthada  n affair with Jennifer Lawrence.


A DOG LEFT IN A DUMPSTER now brings hope to others.

A GOAT in a Milwaukee nightclub.

A BIGHORN SHEEP jumped off a hill, landed on a car in Washington State.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT invaded a Manchester soccer pitch.

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