THE WEEKEND STARTS HERE:
...with THE LEMONHEADS! Evan Dando's songbook has always struck me as autmnal, though not all of it really is. For example, a very young Dando released his take on Suzanne Vega's hit "Luka" in May '89. He dissolved the band after releasing the Lovey LP, but returned with a new lineup on "It's A Shame About Ray" in July '92. Despite Johnny Depp's appearance in that video, the Ray album lingered in the lower reaches of the charts, despite being filled with grunge-pop goodness like "Rockin' Stroll" and "Confetti." But that November, Atlantic released the band's take on Simon & Garfunkel's "Mrs. Robinson," which shot to No. 19 on the UK charts and landed Dando unlikely US gigs like "Live with Regis and Kathie Lee." The flip side of that single was the goofy "Being Around," which becomes a singalong live. The followup LP, C'mon, Feel the Lemonheads, hit the Top 5 in the UK, but only No. 56 in the US, with the single "Into Your Arms," which would later turn up on the soundtrack to Before Sunrise and in an FTD commercial. The other two videos from the LP, like "Ray," sport celeb cameos -- Angelina Jolie turns up in "It's About Time" and a young Chloë Sevigny can be seen in "Big Gay Heart". Unfortunately, Dando would soon slide into heavy drugs and the next album, Car Button Cloth was not nearly as successful -- commercially or artistically. An unremarkable solo album and sporadic gigs would follow, until Dando got his personal life together and revived The Lemonheads brand with a self-titled LP in 2005, from which "Black Gown" was the lead track. BONUS: Dando and Mudhoney's Mark Arm fromted the DKT-MC5 on a ripping version (is there any other kind) of the classic "Kick Out the Jams" on The Late Late Show.
ROBERT PLANT advance streams Carry Fire.
STARS advance streams There Is No Love in Fluorescent Light.
WILLIAM PATRICK CORGAN advance streams Ogilala.
NORAH JANE STRUTHERS advance streams Champion.
THE RENTALS share “Elon Musk Is Making Me Sad.”
THE KINKS: The truly classic "You Really Got Me."
TOM PETTY: A special, 107-minute rush edition of Political Beats with Dan McLaughlin. Also, LHB still has your Petty covers.
RILO KILEY's More Adventurous gets some belated love from NPR.
THE HORRORS talk to Stereogum about V and 10 years together.
SPOTIFY Killed the Long Song Intro.
NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases include Blade Runner 2049, which is currently scoring 90 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; The Mountain Between Us, which is scoring 53 percent; and My Little Pony, scoring 69 percent. Battle of the Sexes expands wide at 85 percent. Victoria and Abdul opens near-wide at 67 percent.
HARRISON FORD & RYAN GOSLING know how to do an interview.
HARVEY WEINSTEIN: Decades of Sexual Harassment Allegations. Weinstein's written response is...not good, though one is hard pressed to imagine him doing better given his reputation as a toxic personality. ANd he now claims he's going to sue the NYT. Good luck with that.
BEN AFFLECK is still seeking treatment for alcohol addiction seven months after his rehab stint,whichis I think is how it's supposed to work, a la AA etc.
IGGY AZALEA owes Amex 300K, originally.
WINONA RYDER talks to Marie Claire about Stranger Things and social media (but I repeat myself).
JASON BIGGS and Jenny Mohlen welcomed their second child.
MOCHI, the Gene Simmons of dogs.
ROMEO & JULIET, but with chimps.
ARE THOSE SNAKES in your socks, ora re you just... oh.
BOMB SQUAD officers called to investigate a suspicious package left on a Queensland street were relieved to find it was merely a pot of crabs.