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So it's Thursday, and I'm taking it off. Almost.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, August 20, 2020 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


REALLY A SLOW "NEWS" DAY.  How slow?  This is what I have:

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Deniece Williams's "Let's Hear It For The Boy," the giddy dance-pop hit from the 'Footloose' soundtrack.

DEATH ON THE NILE has a trailer online.

STRANGER THINGS creators Matt and Ross Duffer discuss with The Hollywood Reporter the third season's departure from Halloween spookiness, its breakout stars Dacre Montgomery and Maya Hawke and plans for season four — and beyond.


THE ELEPHANT SHREW has been rediscovered in Djibouti.

THE FDA now allows adoption of lab animals.

Tomorrow, the weekend!

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Fun fact: Wednesday was the midpoint of the week back when we had weeks.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, August 19, 2020 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


JONATHAN RICHMAN gives a live take on "Roadrunner" at Joey Ramone's 1998 birthday party.

SYLVAN ESSO virtually visits The Current.

THE DISTRICTS perform for XPNFEST Weekend 2020.

PHOEBE BRIDGERS plays "ICU" and "Halloween" in the mostly-empty LA Coliseum.

'WHEN DOVES CRY": Five covers, no waiting.


ANGEL OLSEN shares “Waving, Smiling.”

MARK KOZELEK denies sexual misconduct allegations, threatens legal action.

BRIGHT EYES talks to NME about inspiring the kids.

MICHAEL McDONALD only seems like he can predict the future.

BILL'S INDIE BASEMENT has Favorites of 2020 (So Far).


THE ALAMO DRAFTHOUSE is reopening with free screenings of Bill & Ted Face the Music, and will be showing The New Mutants and Tenet.

KEANU REEVES & ALEX WINTER Party On With Bill and Ted.

NBCUNIVERSAL vice-chair Ron Marshall, one of the most powerfull men in Hollywood, is stepping down after disclosing that he reached a private settlement with a woman who tried to extort him after they engaged in an extramarital affair.

BRITNEY SPEARS requested to have her father removed as her conservator more than 12 years after he assumed the role.

MEGXIT: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are pitching a secret project to Hollywood.

LAWRENCE FISHBURNE won't be re-entering The Matrix 4.

CHARLES DANCE supports a do-over of the final season of Game of Thrones.

BEN CROSS, the English actor best known for his portrayal of the British Olympic athlete Harold Abrahams in the 1981 multi Oscar-winner Chariots Of Fire and as Sarek in the 2009 reboot Star Trek, has died aged 72 following illness.


A CAT falls in love with the neighbor's cat through the window and insists on meeting him.


A BABY SQUIRREL becomes obsessed with his dad's new golden retriever puppy.

MAN WALKING DOG is knocked out by a falling cat.

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Tuesday? Huh. Who knew?   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, August 18, 2020 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE RASPBERRIES crush "Go All The Way" and "I Wanna Be With You" for Twofer Tuesday.

HUSKER DU gets over three hours of discussion and analysis on Political Beats.

FLEET FOXES' Robin Pecknold debuted new material for Vote Ready.

THE WAR ON DRUGS played a set for Vote Ready, including Warren Zevon's “Accidentally Like A Martyr”.

FATHER JOHN MISTY shares "To R." and "To S."

ELVIS COSTELLO shares “We Are All Cowards Now.”

OSEES share “If I Had My Way.


JONSI (Sigur Ros) & ELIZABETH FRASER (Cocteau twins) team up on "Cannibal."

RUN-DMC: Federal prosecutors announced the indictment of two men whom investigators have long suspected of participating in killing Jam Master Jay.

BRIGHT EYES: Conor Oberst returns, but this time he's happy not to be in the spotlight anymore.

MANIC STREET PREACHERS' James Dean Bradfield gives DIY a track by track tour of his new solo LP.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Lionel Richie's accidental-comedy singalong classic "Hello."


THE WEEK OLD HOLLYWOOD Finally, Actually Died.

MEGXIT: Prince William and Prince Harry cut off all communication for two months after the latter went rogue and divulged his “Megxit” plans on social media, according to a royal biographer.

ROSE McGOWAN accused director Alexander Payne of sexual misconduct.

THE ELLEN SHOW  has overhauled its senior production team in the wake of accusations of racial insensitivity, sexual misconduct and other problems in the work environment.

THE SECRETS WE KEEP has a trailer online.

RYAN REYNOLDS & SETH ROGEN advise folks not taking the pandemic seriously.

APOCALYPSE NOW: A Journey Back Into the Nihilistic Hellscape.


THE SPECIAL FRIENDSHIP of a 95-year-old woman and a St. Bernard.

COWS are like big dogs.

PIZZA SQUIRREL: The successor to Pizza Rat.


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That weekend was much too short.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, August 17, 2020 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


SEALS & CROFT: "Summer Breeze."

NEW RELEASES: Paste points to Kathleen Edwards, Black Marble, Dana Gavanski, and more.

BILL'S INDIE BASEMENT has Whitney, The Divine Comedy, Jim Bob, and more.

HAZEL ENGLISH visits with World Cafe.

TOM PETTY: Hear the previously unreleased "There Goes Angela (Dream Away)," if you give his estate some info.



DOLLY PARTON steers and grows her empire.


THE FALL: 15 of their best songs are a blueprint for post-punk.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Phil Collins's first US chart-topper, the stormy and heartbroken movie ballad "Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now)."


ON THE RECORD: The full documentary centering on allegations of sexual abuse and harassment against Russell Simmons is free on the Tube.

TIG NOTARO is joining the cast of Zack Snyder's 'Army of the Dead,' replacing Chris D'Elia in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations against the comedian.​

BLAZING SADDLES gets "context" on HBO Max.

COCOON: Why, in an era of streaming, do some movies virtually vanish?

EWAN McGREGOR and his ex-wife Eve Mavrakis have finalized their divorce. They're splitting the Star Wars bank.

EUGENE LEVY gets tributes from his colleages and the first Newport Beach Film Festival Lifetime Achievement Award.

SCOTT PILGRIM vs THE WORLD: Edgar Wright and stars Michael Cera and Aubrey Plaza share memories.




A BALD EAGLE kills a government drone.

RABBIT-SIZED RATS terrify Liverpool.


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Elvis Presley, Woodstock, and Friday coming a day early.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, August 13, 2020 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



with ELVIS PRESLEY! The King died on August 16, 1977, but remains a global pop phenomenon, so it's worth a recap of highlights from his legendary career.  For the 30th anniversary, Canada's Star-Phoenix, discussing ten important parts of Elvis history worth reliving, noted: "His was a sequined coat of many colours: '50s Greaser Elvis. Military Elvis. Hollywood Elvis. Aloha from Hawaii Elvis. Vegas Elvis. And, ultimately, Dead Fat Elvis."  The BBC had friend and aide Sonny West recall life with The King. 

ACTION NEWS 5 still has its local coverage from Aug. 16-17, 1977 (here, here, here and here) on the Tube, where you can also see funeral footage from the UK.  Here's read the obit that ran the next day in the Washington Post. Elvis Presley News recaps the international headlines from the event and links to the eulogy at his funeral. On a happier note, check out what is likely the first footage taken of Elvis, with backstage shots of Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash and Buddy Holly in 1955; shades of Walk The Line!  Let's start with his performance of "Hound Dog" o­n The Milton Berle Show six months later, not o­nly because it's historic, but also because Paul Miller and I often reached for it when we would stumble into our KUSR shift at the last minute -- on the broadcast, Uncle Miltie vamped for awhile, which gave us time to pull records for the show.  He was also iconic in "Jailhouse Rock" that year.  Elvis sang a mashup of "Love Me Tender" and "Witchcraft" with Frank Sinatra when he got back from the Army.  All of his movies -- such as "Viva Las Vegas" --made money, but his musical career stalled in the 1960s until he electrified and charmed the public with his televised '68 Comeback Special (Parts One, Two, Three, Four).  1970 finds him singing "In The Ghetto" and "Suspicious Minds" in the jumpsuit, though pre-bloated.  I'm going to throw in "Little Sister" just 'cause I like it.  Sadly, in a few short years, bloated jumpuit Elvis would be delivering a wacked-out take on "Are You Lonesome Tonight?" -- though to be fair, this audio-only version from 1969 is even more demented and he knows it.  I would rather remember Jumpsuit Elvis for the signature horns that open "See See Rider."  a tribute to his enduring legacy as the fact that he could hit the charts decades after his death with a remix of "A Little Less Conversation," a video subtly recalling "Jailhouse Rock," and Paul Oakenfold's remix of "Rubberneckin'"The King may be gone, but the brand lives on, making millions and recruiting new fans under the watchful eyes of Elvis Presley Enterprises and CKX, Inc.

GREETINGS FROM GRACELAND:  It must be said, however, that Elvis Presley Enterprises did not have a good handle on the King's affairs in the years immediately following his death.  Chicago radio personalities Steve Dahl and Garry Meier won a local emmy for their 1981 comedic look at what was then a very seedy exploitation of Elvis in Memphis. (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7.)

MOJO NIXON & SKID ROPER: "Elvis Is Everywhere."

TAYLOR GOLDSMITH of Dawes virtually visits The Current.

WASHED OUT plays KEXP at Home.


THE 100 GREATEST TITLE TRACKS, according to World Cafe.

CEE LO GREEN apologizes after he appeared to criticise Cardi B and Megan The Stallion.

NICK CAVE is not a fan of cancel culture.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Kenny Loggins' stagey and montage-friendly soundtrack jam "Footloose."

WOODSTOCK: On Aug. 15-17, 1969, hundreds of thousands of people gathered in a lovely natural amphitheater in Bethel (not Woodstock), NY for "three days of peace and music," including sets from Crosby, Stills and NashThe Who, Santana, Joe Cocker, Jefferson AirplaneArlo Guthrie, Canned HeatJimi Hendrix, and the proverbial many more. BONUS: The New York Times has extensive 50th anniversary coverage. EXTRA BONUS: Woodstock skepticism from NBC News, BuzzFeedNews, and The Federalist. TRIPLE BONUS: An assessment of Creedence Clearwater Revival's largely forgotten set.


SUMNER REDSTONE, the billionaire entrepreneur who saw business as combat and his advancing years as no obstacle in building a media empire that encompassed CBS and Viacom, died on Tuesday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 97.

MEGXIT: Prince Harry and wife Meghan Markle have secretly bought a private family home in Santa Barbara.

R. KELLY: Three associates of the fallen R&B star were arrested and charged Tuesday with attempting to harass, threaten, intimidate and bribe several of Kelly's alleged victims of sexual abuse.

ED SHEERHAN and his wife, Cherry Seaborn, are expecting their first child.

ROSARIO DAWSON: Moving in with Sen. Cory Booker

CATHERINE HARDWICKE broke records with Twilight. Then Hollywood labeled her "difficult."

THE HIGHEST PAID ACTORS of 2020, according to Forbes.



SENIOR DOGS live out their golden years at Marty's Place.

GOOSE vs COWS: Who You Got?

AVOID HORNY BISON in Yellowstone. The More You Know. Swoosh.

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