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Should've taken a long Juneteenth weekend, but I did not.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, June 19, 2023 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

STEAM: The one-hit wonder with a synced take on "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye."

NEW RELEASES: Paste will point you to Son Volt, Bonny Doon, and more.

BILL'S INDIE BASEMENT has King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Django Django, and more.

JOHN MELLENCAMP wasn't the best partner to ex Meg Ryan.

DJANGO DJANGO: David Maclean talks about the sprawling double album, collabs, and more.

BONNY DOON on the inspirations behind Let There Be Music.

QUINCY JONES needed to be rushed to a hospital, but it seems everything's going to be fine.


WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: KaboomThe Flash tops the chart with a 55MM bomb opening.  Pixar's Elemental places with a 29.5MM bomb opening.  And neither of these were cheap.  The Flash also got a "B" Cinemascore which is dobly bad news for a superhero tentpole.  In contrast, Across The Spider-Verse shows with 27.8MM on a leggy 50 percent drop.  But things aren't looking great for Transformers: Rise of the Beasts in the fourth slot, even though it crossed the 100MM mark in its second frame on a 67 percent slide.

OSCARS VOTERS rip the new diversity rules for Best Picture.

CHAD STAHELSKI, going in-depth on John Wick 4, epecially the Arc de Triomphe sequence.

MEGXIT: Bill Simmons calls Harry and Meghan "f***ing grifters."

MICHAEL CERA, on Almost Marrying Aubrey Plaza and Getting Slapped by Rihanna.

AMANDA BYNES has been detained for another mental health evaluation.

BARBIE could beat OPPENHEIMER on their opening weekend.

SQUID GAME has a second season teaser online.


DOGGO vs Shadow Hand.

A DOGGO bringing his stuffed buddies to dinner.

A MAMA CAT corrects a wandering kitten.

A POPPA DOG, helping out a Mama doggo.

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New York, London, Paris, Munich...   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, June 16, 2023 - 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."


LEGION OF MARY, Live at  Milwaukee’s Oriental Theatre in April of ’75.

OHSEES shares "Goon."

JOHN GRANT & EMILE SANDE share Nick Drake covers.

SON VOLT: Jay Farrar, on his Doug Sahm tribute album. And here also.

PERFUME GENIUS: Mike Hadreas, on figuring out your artistic identity, learning to collaborate, and transforming ideas into action.

TICKETMASTER, Live Nation, and SeatGeek have agreed to an “all-in” pricing model that discloses junk fees.

WHAM! the documentary has a trailer online.


ASTEROID CITY: Jeffrey Wright and Adrien Brody talks about Wes Anderson’s latest.

CONOR McGREGOR has been accused of raping a woman at Game 4 of the NBA Finals earlier this month; the UFC star says the allegations are not true. 

BILL COSBY:  Nine women have accused the disgraced TV star of sexual assault and battery that they said occurred in the comedian's Las Vegas hotel suite, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday.

D+ is adding classic animation shorts to the rotation.

MEGXIT: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will not join the royal family at the first public birthday celebration of his father King Charles' reign.

AL PACINO is officially a father at 83.

CAMERON DIAZ proudly flaunts a fridge filled with nothing but salad and white wine.

THE IDOL:  The Weeknd is said to not be planning a second season  — amid backlash over outrageous sex scenes on the controversial series and the singer's “egomaniacal” behavior on set.

GLENDA JACKSON, a two-time Academy Award-winning performer who had a second career in politics as a British lawmaker, has died at 87. Loved her in Hopscotch.


MISSION IMPAWSIBLE: It's the pivot that impresses.

THERE ARE Two Types of Dog.

A KITTEN's first sunbeam.

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I'm here to pick up a fossil.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, June 15, 2023 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



NATALIE MERCHANT, recovered from vocal cord surgery, visits World Cafe.

FLEET FOXES covers the Strokes’ “Under Control” and Joni Mitchell’s “Hejira.”


QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE: Josh Homme revealed that he was diagnosed with cancer last year, mentioning that surgery to remove it was successful.

GRAHAM NASH says losing David Crosby was insanely sad.

URGE OVERKILL drummer John Rowan, who performed under the stage name Blackie Onassis, has died.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Rihanna's horny reggae-pop smash "Rude Boy."


THE FLASH: A Complete Timeline of the Movie's Hazardous Production.

BAMBI is now on the list of Disney live-action remakes.

KEVIN SPACEY claims folks want to hire him after he's cleared of sexual assault allegations.

QUENTIN TARANTINO talks about his final movie and the line he won't cross.

WARNER BROS wants Christopher Nolan back.

MARVEL'S SECRET INVASION: Early reviews are mixed.

THE IDOL: The Weeknd tries to explain it all.


DOGGOS, making fetch happen.

CATS & DOGS, living together...

A DOGGO, excited for the ponies.

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It's the pictures that got small.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, June 14, 2023 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


BACHMAN-TURNER OVERDRIVE: "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet."  Because it's summer. Plus, cowbell.

JENNY LEWIS visits World Cafe.

ALLAH-LAS shares "The Stuff" and "Zuma 85."

THE HIVES shares "Countdown To Shutdown."

STEVE MARINO (Angel Du$t, Bugg) shares the 90s power-pop vibe of “Got You (In My World Now).”

PAUL McCARTNEY has used Peter Jackson's tech to create what he calls "the final Beatles record."

NEVER MIND THE RACKET: I was behind the bar for one of the first Sex Pistols gigs.


CORMAC McCARTHY, author of “All the Pretty Horses,” “The Road,” and "No Country for Old Men" died on Tuesday at his home in Santa Fe, N.M. He was 89.

TREAT WILLIAMS, the star of Everwood and Hair, has died after being involved in a motorcycle accident. He was 71.

THE HOUSE OF MOUSE is delaying a slew of MCU projects and the Avatar sequels.

EZRA MILLER appeared at The Flash premiere.  The film is is tracking to earn 155-165MM in its opening weekend.

JOKER 2: Zazie Beetzz thinks audiences will be surprised.


JOHNNY DEPP is paying out the million he got from Amber Heard to charity.

WHEEL OF FORTUNE: Ryan Seacrest is in the running to succeed the retiring Pat Sajak.

CHRIS HEMSWORTH has a thing for Ed Sheeran.

UNIVERSAL claims it has netted a billion dollars from VOD sales.



CATS & DOGS, living together...

DEER, showing off a fawn to a human friend.

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No time to tango, buddy.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, June 13, 2023 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE CARS play "Candy-O" and "The Dangerous Type" for Twofer Tuesday.

THE NATIONAL plays a mini-concert for World Cafe.

RICHARD HAWLEY (re)joined PULP on "Common People" in St. Anne's Park.

SIGUR ROS returns with "Blóðberg."

JENNY LEWIS, on how Tracy Chapman, DeBarge, and a fateful glass of wine inspired her new LP.

HOW RICHARD HELL Found His Vocation.

JOHNNY JEWEL, on David Lynch, Chromatics and near-death experiences.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Taio Cruz's Ludacris-assisted dance-pop track "Break Your Heart."


THE GOLDEN GLOBES has been bought by Dick Clark Productions (which also owns publications that take "For Your Consideration" ads).

PAT SAJAK is retiring as host of Wheel of Fortune.

JOSEPH FINNES, on typecasting, his unusual childhood - and what happened when he stood up to Harvey Weinstein.

SYLVESTER STALLONE acknowledges Schwarzenegger was the superior action star.

PEDRO PASCAL & STEVEN YEUN talk about the undead.

RACHEL BILSON doesn’t act in the bedroom.


A BEAR, splashing through the Gulf of Mexico before running up the shore in Destin, Florida.

A HORSE, sharing with the pigeons.

AN OCTOPUS, out for a walk.

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