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Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


DUSTY SPRINGFIELD covers "People Get Ready."

KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD's new album should be free to download today.

JESSICA LEA MAYFIELD stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

NOW, NOW played a Tiny Desk Concert.

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

THE NATIONAL shared a cover of Cat Power's "Maybe Not."

CURTIS ROUSH shares a shoegaze-infused ’70s rocker “Real Love.”


THE SMITHS get a two-hour Political Beats with guest Michael Moynihan, correspondent for HBO's Vice News Tonight.

R.E.M.: Mike Mills talks to NME about Automatic For The People, politics and the chances of the band ever getting back together.

STEELY DAN: Walter Becker's widow reveals the he was battling cancer at time of his death.

NEIL YOUNG's massive online archive is arriving on December 1.

THE GO-GOS' Head Over Heels, a new musical, is aiming for a Broadway debut during the 2018–2019 season.


JUSTICE LEAGUE's Rotten Tomatoes score leaked through its app (tho it may not be the final score).  The early reviews are...mixed.

EVERY BATMAN MOVIE, ranked by Vulture.

GAL GADOT confirms Brett Ratner is not producing Wonder Woman 2.

NATASHA HENSTRIDGE says Harvey Weinstein sexually harassed her before Brett Ratner did.

DEADPOOL 2 footage turns up in a strange Bob Ross parody.

MARK HAMILL turned up at Disneyland's Star Tours attraction.

GET OUT will be competing in the Golden Globes as a comedy instead of a drama.  Director Jordan Peele called it a documentary.

MIRANDA KERR is expecting her second child and first with husband Evan Spiegel.

SERENA WILLIAMS and Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian are headed to the altar this week.

J.R.R. TOLKIEN's son resigns as director of Tolkien Estate, ending decades of tightly controlled adaptations.


CATS busted after a marijuana binge

HOW (VERY GOOD) DOGS teach us how to stop worrying and just be happy.

MILLIONS OF CRABS, migrating from a forest to the ocean.

A PEACOCK  ON THE LAM became a lion's lunch.

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Still under the weather. But Things!   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


CHEAP TRICK: "I Can't Take It." An overlooked gem.

FITS streams twelve songs worth of poignant power-pop in just over 20 minutes on All Belief Is Paradise.

ANGEL OLSEN stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

WILLIAM PATRICK CORGAN stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

SCREAMING FEMALES shares "Deeply."

SAINTSENECA shared two versions of "Moon Barks At The Dog."


ELTON JOHN played his 1983 hit “I’m Still Standing" on Colbert.

RADIOHEAD guitarist Ed O'Brien opens up to Esquire about his new signature Fender Stratocaster, his solo album, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

NICK HEYWARD (Haircut 100) talks to Stereogum about his first album in 18 years and struggling to get signed when you’ve already made hits.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED asks: What makes a great album last?

JONI MITCHELL seems firmly opposed to raiding her own vaults.


ROSEMcGOWAN was arrested on a warrant for a drug charge at Dulles airport.

HARVEY WEINSTEIN is being sued for sexual assault by a Jane Doe plaintiff.

GOSSIP GIRL's Ed Westwick draws a third sexual assault allegation.

ONE TREE HILL's female cast reunited to write a letter accusing former showrunner Mark Schwahn of "traumatizing" sexual harassment on the set of the popular TV drama.

JUSTICE LEAGUE's Rotten Tomatoes score is being delayed for reasons that seem...unheroic.

BLAKE SHELTON is People's Sexiest Man Alive.

JORDIN SPARKS is married and with child.


NO DUCKLING LEFT BEHIND after a family was rescued from a drain.

A MONSTER GATOR was evicted from a Florida garage.

CANADA GEESE: How much can one poop daily?

MONGOOSE vs COBRA, during a golf tournament.

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Under the weather. But Things!   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE MAMAS & PAPAS: All the leaves are brown, so it's "California Dreamin'" and "Nowhere Man" for Twofer Tuesday.

CHARLOTTE GAINSBOURG advance streams Rest.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: Guest DJs Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile play tracks by John Prine, Gillian Welch, Tom Petty and each other.

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


BRAND NEW canceled a UK tour following sexual misconduct claims.

STEPHEN STILLS & JUDY COLLINS talk up their collaboration on All Things Considered.

GRANT HART gave one of his last interviews to The Current.


TOM SIZEMORE was told to leave a Utah film set in 2003 after an 11-year-old actress told her mother that he had touched her genitals.

ANTHONY EDWARDS accused writer/producer Gary Goddard of molesting him in an essay that was published on Medium Friday.

ELIZABETH PERKINS names James Woods at a MeToo rally.

LARS VON TRIER's production company has been accused of having a systemic culture of “sexual harassment, degradation and bullying,” according to nine former employees, all of them women.

JUSTICE LEAGUE: Early reactions are mostly positive.

LORD OF THE RINGS lands a a multi-season commitment from Amazon.


THE BOBBIT: A meter-long worm with jaws as sharp as daggers.

AN EMOTIONAL SUPPORT PIG was asked to deplane after becoming disruptive.

COCONUT CRABS: Could they have killed Amelia Earhart? (Thx, Zoey.)

...More tomorrow, barring the unforeseen.

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The National, Mynabrirds, Quicksand, Eluvium, Prehistoric Shark   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, November 13, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


U2 played "Get Out of Your Own Way" live for the first time at a free Trafalgar Square gig.

THE NATIONAL played Boxer in its entirety in Brussels.  Here are five tracks.

THE MYNABIRDS playd a Tiny Desk Concert with special guests.

QUICKSAND streams Interiors, the band's first in 22 years.

ELUVIUM's new LP, Shuffle Drones, is meant to be played on endless shuffle and repeat.

BOOKER T & THE MG's: "Green Onions," live in '68.

BRAND NEW frontman Jesse Lacey confessed to serial sexual misconduct.

JANN WENNER of Rolling Stone is accused of offering a writer career advancement in exchange for sex.

BIG THIEF gets a lengthy profile fron NPR's Slingshot.

BJORK: "People miss the jokes."

FRED COLE, longtime frontman for beloved underground rock cult heroes Dead Moon, has died of cancer at 69.

CHUCK MOSLEY, former Fath No More and Bad Brains frontman, has died of addiction-related reasons at 57.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Thor: Ragnarok easily repeated atop the chart with 56.6MM on a 54 percent drop; the competition from Justice League this upcoming weekend will be interesting, but the god of thunder has already cleared 650MM worldwide. Daddy's Home 2 placed with 30MM against a 69MM budget, which may make the early release a little risky.  Murder on the Orient Express showed with 28.2MM, well ahead of most projections (despite the star-studded cast, expectations here were modest).  The global gross is over 85MM against a 55MM budget, so this looks like a winner.  A Bad Moms Christmas takes the forth slot in its second frame with 11.5MM on a 31 percent drop, which is not bad given the competition from Daddy's Home 2, tho it still lags the orginal Moms by a wide margin.  Jigsaw clung to the bottom of the Top Five with 3.4MM on a 48 percent drop; its 34MM to date against a 10MM production budget probably means more of this franchise.

GEORGE TAKEI is accused of sexual assault in 1981.  Takei denied the allegations.

LOUIS C.K. admitted to multiple incidents of sexual misconduct. His new movie has been scrappedNetflix is not making his next special. FX and HBO have severed all ties.

ELLEN PAGE lowered the boom on Brett Ratner on Facebook, with corroboration from Anna Paquin.

GAL GADOT will only sign on for a Wonder Woman sequel if accused sexual harasser Brett Ratner is completely removed from the franchise.

RICHARD DREYFUS is accused of sexually harassing and exposing himself to a writer.  He denied the allegations.

PORTA de ROSSI claims she was sexually harassed by Steven Seagal.

DAVID GUILLOD, Hollywood manager and Atomic Blonde producer, is accused of rape by five women.

ANDREW KREISBERG, producer of Arrow, The Flash, and Supergirl, is accused of a pattern of alleged sexual harassment and inappropriate physical contact over a period of years, according to 15 women and four men who have worked with him.

ALISON MACK (Smallville) is accuused of recruiting as many as 25 sex slaves for a cult "self-help" group.

TOM WOPAT pleaded not guilty to groping a woman in July.

THE FIRST OSCARS event of the season featured no sex scandal jokes.

OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN's ex  has been found in Mexico after faking his own death 12 years ago.

A PREHISTORIC SHARK was found swimming off the coast of Portugal.

DO ELEPHANTS have souls?

A STRAY CAT is a murder suspect in Japan.

A LYNX ON THE LAM was shot and killed in Wales.

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The wind in the wires made a tattle-tale sound   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, November 10, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



THE WRECK of the EDMUND FITZGERALD: The legend lives o­n from the Chippewa o­n down of the big lake they called Gitche Gumee.This is the 41st anniversary of the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald -- 729 feet-long, 75 feet in breadth, 39 feet in depth, weighing 13,632 gross tons -- an ore bulk carrier with a capacity of 25,000 tons. When it was launched o­n June 7 1958, at the Great Lakes Engineering Works in River Rouge, Michigan, Fitzgerald was the largest ship o­n the Great Lakes. Here's misty, water-colored video of the launch.

The "Queen of the Great Lakes" sank in the eastern end of Lake Superior during a fierce storm -- including snow squalls -- that pounded the ship with 30-foot waves. The crew of 29 men perished; without witnesses, a definitive reason has never been determined. A Coast Guard report suggested that faulty hatches failed to keep water out of the ship's cargo holds, though others believe the ship struck an uncharted shoal and took o­n water. A documentary created and aired by the Discovery Channel concluded the loss was due to freak waves that overwhelmed the faulty hatches.

After the wreck, the Rev. Richard Ingalls went to Mariners' Church in Detroit and rang its bell 29 times, o­nce for each life lost. The church continues to hold an annual memorial, which includes reading the names of the crewmen and ringing the church bell. Here's video of Rev. Ingalls recounting that night.  More than 250 people gathered at the church for the 40th anniversary, which was expanded to remember victims from all tragedies on the Great Lakes. And here's a remembrance from a brother of one of the lost crew members.

At the request of family members surviving her crew, Fitzgerald's 200 lb. bronze bell was recovered by the Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society in 1995, as a joint project with the National Geographic Society, Canadian Navy, Sony Corporation, and Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. The bell is now o­n display in the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum. Here's a brief video from o­ne of the underwater explorations of the wreck. Fmr newsman Larry Elliot recalls the remote expedition.  And here is a story from one of the two scuba divers to ever reach the sunken hull.  Throw in the 3-D animation, and you'll feel just like Bill Paxton.

The song by Gordon Lightfoot spent 21 straight weeks o­n the pop charts, peaking at No. 2. Here, Lightfoot discusses writing the song, and the lyrics he's changed.  And there's a homemade video for it, which I highly recommend. Beats the tar of Celine Dion! (PS:  Ken King -- who has lived o­n the U.P. of  Michigan, says the gales of November are quite something.)


SHARON VAN ETTEN advance streams the reissue of (it was) because i was in love.

BECK stops by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

DANIEL JOHNSON stops by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

WILCO shares a  previously unreleased Being There-era rarity, "Dynamite My Soul."

BEE BEE SEA shares "Sonic Boomerang."

MARSHALL CRENSHAW played "Someday, Someway" for his network TV debut in 1982.

THE MOUNTAIN GOATS: John Darnielle talks to Columbus Alive about Goths, jazz, and keeping it fresh. (Thx, LHB.)

PATTERSON HOOD (Drive-By Truckers) talks to Stereogum about moving cross-country, the state of America and his next steps as a songwriter.

LEE RENALDO listed his favorite albums at The Quietus.

STEELY DAN Soldiers On.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases are Daddy's Home 2, which was not advance screened for critics; and Murder on the Orient Express, which is currently scoring 66 percent on the ol' Tomatometer.

ROMAN POLANSKI: Five more women have come forward and claimed that Polanski sexually assaulted them.

JEREMY PIVEN is accused of sexual assault by a third woman.

LOUIS C.K.: The New York premiere of Louis C.K.'s upcoming film, I Love You, Daddy, has been canceled in advance of a New York Times story on the comedian.

HARASSMENT, SCANDAL, AND THE MEDIA: Is a Hollywood Witch Hunt Brewing?

STAR WARS:  Rian Johnson will create a brand-new trilogy, separate from the episodic Skywalker saga, the first of which he is also set to write and direct.

JENNIFER GARNER & CASEY AFFLECK helped Ben Affleck into rehab.

BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH, Interviewed by Radiohead's Thom Yorke.

MATTHEW McCONNAUGHEY delivers frozen turkeys. alrightalrightalright

JOHN HILLERMAN, the actor who made a career out of playing snooty types, including Tom Selleck's fastidious estate caretaker Jonathan Quayle Higgins III on Magnum, P.I., died Thursday. He was 84. I first saw him on Ellery Queen, iirc.

A KITTEN rescued from Hurricane Maria finds a doggo brother.

AUSSIE JOCKEY suspended for punching a horse. Caboche pawn in game of life.

PURR-FECT Furniture for Cats.

MORTAL TOMCATS, captured in action.

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