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Our Lives, Our Fortunes And Our Sacred Honor.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, July 01, 2022 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with THE BEACH BOYS!  It's time to "Do It Again."  Because folks my age will always remember their mammoth July 4th concerts at the Washington Monument -- as with this 1980 take o­n "Good Vibrations."  Their "Lost Concert" from 1964 includes "Fun, Fun, Fun," "Long, Tall Texan," "Little Deuce Coupe," "Surfer Girl," "Surfin' USA," "Shut Down," "In My Room," "Papa Ooh Mow Mow," and "Hawaii." Their take on "Dance, Dance, Dance" from Shindig! later that year is like a slice of Christmas in July.  There's also a nifty twofer of "I Get Around" and "'When I Grow Up (To Be A Man)" from their first UK TV appearance o­n Ready Steady Go!  The Andy Williams Show serves up "Help Me, Rhonda," while The Jack Benny Hour produced these quick takes o­n "Barbara Ann" and "California Girls."  There's a primitive video for "Wouldn't It Be Nice" that starts with a cameo from Brian Wilson's dogs (Banana and Louie), who appear at the end of the Pet Sounds LP.  And I'll finish with a live version of "God Only Knows" from the 1967 European tour -- one of the last Brian would do for a decade or so.  BONUS: Part 1 and Part 2 of the epic Political Beats podcasts covering the entirety of the Beach Boys' catalog.

RAY CHARLES performs "America The Beautiful" like no one else.

INDEPENDENCE DAY: Bruce Springsteen, circa 1978, before it came out on The River.

AMERICAN MUSIC: The Violent Femmes, circa 1992.

DAVE ALVIN: Hey, baby, it's the "4th of July."


THE STAR-SPANGLED BANNER: As performed by Jimi Hendrix, Whitney Houston, Smokey Robinson, members of the Grateful Dead, and Umphrey’s McGee.


THE PROCLAIMERS return with "The World That Was."

PINK FROST shares "Until The Summer Comes."

ANDY PALEY: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview.

FOR THE RECORD: 10 Classic Recording Sessions and the Studios that Shaped Them.

SOCCER MOMMY talks self-immolation and burnout.

THE TOP 20 GUNS N' ROSES SONGS, ranked by The Guardian.

A CANADIAN SOFT-ROCK STATION played Rage Against the Machine’s  “Killing in the Name” for hours and hours.


EZRA MILLER Accused of Harassing Woman in Germany, and Iceland Choking Victim Breaks Her Silence.

TAYLOR SWIFT is reportedly engaged to boyfriend Joe Alwyn, according to British tabloids.

FRIENDS co-creator Marta Kauffman has pledged 4MM to African American studies as an apology for the show's lack of diversity.

LENA HEADEY is being sued by her former talent agency for fees on films including Thor: Love and Thunder (from which she was cut).

ANT-MAN explains why he didn't kill Thanos creatively.

OLIVIA MUNN & JOHN MULANEY have no marriage plans.

HOWARD STERN picks Bradley Cooper as his presidential running mate.

MAGIC MIKE: An Oral History.

31 COMEDIANS share their favorite joke-joke.


TWIGGY: Another Fourth of July tradition, the water-skiing squirrel. She retired last summer, but it remains a great story. Compelling and rich.

TWO DOGS, One Leash.

WHEN YOUR FRIENDS ARE IN THE CLUB and you were turned away at the door.

AN ALPACA, shaved.

A GENTLE WILD ELEPHANT in Sri Lanka calmly walks up to a man and kicks some dirt at him to get him to move aside.

TESTIMONIALS from Your Dog's Fourth of July Support Group.

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Thursday, June 30, 2022 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


ROGER McGUINN performs "King of the Hill" -- a song about "Papa" John Phillips -- for Carson.

TIM BERNARDES covers Gilberto Gil, the Dirty Projectors, and The Beatles for a Lagniappe Session.

VERUCA SALT's Louise Post shares vintage demos.

DUNGEN returns with “Nattens Sista Strimma Ljus.”

BROKEN BELLS returns with "We're Not In Orbit Yet..."

SNAIL MAIL covers Superdrag's "Feeling Like I Do."

THE BIG BINK shares "Love Spins On Its Axis."

MOMMA shares "Motorbike."

PORRIDGE RADIO's Dana Margolin discusses cultivating spaces for separate creative practices, not worrying about how your work will be received, and the value of making something bad.

THE TOP 25 LPs OF 2022 (So Far), according to The A.V. Club.

BROOKLYN VEGAN's Favorite Albums of 2022 (So Far).

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Britney Spears' "Baby One More Time," an iconic smash that hit the earth like a comet.


R KELLY has been sentenced to 30 years following his conviction in federal court on racketeering and sex-trafficking charges last September.

TRAVIS BARKER is in the hospital because he has pancreatitis

RUSSELL CROWE will play The Pope’s Exorcist

CAMERON DIAZ is coming out of retirement.

ELIZABETH OLSEN & ROBBIE ARNETT discuss their elopement.

JAMES BOND: Producer Barbara Broccoli has promised that the 26th film of the franchise will “reinvent” 007.

TICKET TO PARADISE: George Clooney & Jilia Roberts have a trailer online.

SEE HOW THEY RUN has a trailer online.

BARBIE: The Most Important Movie Of 2023?

ALF has his own streaming channel.


CATS & DOGS, living together...

CATS & DOGS, living together...


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Does it tempt Fate to remark that the week has gone well?   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, June 29, 2022 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE NASHVILLE TEENS, with a stompin' cover of "Tobacco Road."

NEAL FRANCIS covers Shuggie Otis' "Strawberry Letter 23" and Joe Walsh's "Collage" for a Lagniappe Session.


GUIDED BY VOICES shares "Lizard on the Red Brick Wall."

TY SEGALL covers The Mantles' "Don't Lie."

JIM JAMES shares "Read Between (Begin Again)."


R.E.M. is finally releasing Chronic Town on CD.

PJ HARVEY talks Elvis, aging, ugliness, and more.

THE TOP 36 LPs of 2022 (So Far), according to NPR.


HOCUS POCUS 2 has a teaser trailer online.

WINONA RYDER talks Johnny Depp, Michell Pfeiffer, and more.

CHRIS PRATT addresses his critics.

DAKOTA JOHNSON, on Family, Sexual Agency-And the "Psychotic" Making of Fifty Shades of Grey.

BILL HADER & ANNA KENDRICK have broken up.

WOODY ALLEN tells ALEC BALDWIN he may stop directing soon.

HARLEY QUINN: Season 3 has a teaser trailer online.



THAT'S THE WAY the cat likes it.

A CAT stuck in a loop.

KIASA THE ELEPHANT has learned to control her trunk.

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It's not a short week, but seems like it should be.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, June 28, 2022 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE KINKS: "Last of the Steam Powered Trains" and "Picture Book," circa 1969, from the album The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society, for Twofer Tuesday.



PHOEBE BRIDGERS joins THE JESUS & MARY CHAIN on "Just Like Honey" at Glastonbury.

NPR's 36 Favorite Songs of 2022 (So Far).

THE GOSPEL, according to Mavis Staples.

DEPECHE MODE shared a statement about Andy Fletcher’s death.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Brandy's ballad "Have You Ever?," the last Diane Warren song ever to reach No. 1.


JOHNNY DEPP cutting a 301MM deal to return as Capt. Jack Sparrow? (Spoiler: This is "made up.")

BRITNEY SPEARS' ex-husband Jason Alexander will stay in jail for attempting to crash the pop icon's wedding.

EMMA ROBERTS joins the cast of Sony's Madame Web.

CAROL BURNETT is joining Better Call Saul.

SAM RAIMI explains that one of those surprise cameos in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness may be a one-off.

THE GOLDEN AGE of the Aging Actor.

MARY MARA, an actress who starred on TV shows like “Law & Order,” “Ray Donovan” and “NYPD Blue,” died on Sunday, her manager confirmed to Page Six. She was 61.


A SMART DOGE plays Tic Tac Treato.

A GUARD DOG meets his match.

HERDING SHEEP is a fluid business.

A GATOR killed a man on Friday after dragging him into a retention pond near Myrtle Beach, S.C.

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Great weekend, but that just meant it went by too fast.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, June 27, 2022 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


BO DONALDSON & THE HEYWOODS: "Billy, Don't Be a Hero," from the Summer of '74. Workin' the Elvis jumpuit look.

NEW RELEASES: Paste will pont you to Regina Spektor, Soccer Mommy, Young Guv, and more.

BILL'S INDIE BASEMENT has Martin Courtney, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, BOAT, Wire demos, and more.

ANGEL OLSEN covers Lucinda Williams' "Greenville."

18 TOM PETTY COVERS, courtesy of BrooklynVegan.

PRAVDA RECORDS celebrated 38 years with a fab festival, at which Pate's Jon Pratt and Mike Kelly made a cameo (you can find it on FB if you look).  The Chicago Reader also did a nice profile of the label and its founders.

SOCCER MOMMY on 'Frankenstein,' horror movies, the Roches, and more inspirations behind her new album.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at R. Kelly and Céline Dion's trash-ass duet "I'm Your Angel."


WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Elvis and Top Gun: Maverick are in a dead heat for the top slot at 30.5MM -- a surprisingly good showing for Baz Luhrmann's flick and maybe moreso when considering it played well with the older demo that's still flocking to the Top Gun sequel.  Is cinema back, baby? Jurassic World Dominion shows with 26.44MM.  Lightyear tumbles 65 percent to the fifth spot.

OBI-WAN KENOBI and the Era of Cultural Stagflation.

COULD CHRIS EVANS return to the MCU as someone other than Steve Rogers?

SHARON STONE revealed she has had nine miscarriages over the years.

THE NOTEBOOK: Behind-the-scenes secrets.

JOHN DAVIDSON: The superstar time forgot.


A BABY FOX with its head stuck in a jar gets rescued.

A HUMMINGBIRD, showing off.

A GIRAFFE removes a branch stuck on a gazelle's head.

WHITE TIGERS on the beach.

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