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Dusty Hill RIP, and Thursday things.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, July 29, 2021 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


DUSTY HILL, the quiet, bearded bass player who made up one third of ZZ Top, among the best-selling rock bands of the 1980s, has died at his home in Houston. He was 72. If you're not a subscriber, here's “La Grange,” "Tush," "Cheap Sunglasses," “Legs,” “Sharp-Dressed Man,” and “Give Me All Your Lovin.’”

ANNA B SAVAGE lays a Tiny Desk Concert from Home.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED features Gustaf and Wet Leg, Lanterna, Steady Holiday, and more.

THE CONNELLS return after 20 years with “Steadman’s Wake” and “Really Great.”

LANA DEL REY joins BLEACHERS on "Secret Life."

THE BEATLES: Giles Martin talks to Rolling Stone about his fab remixes.

SMASHING PUMPKINS are planning a 33-track concept album.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Fine Young Cannibals' slick retro rumble "Good Thing."


BOB ODENKIRK is in stable condition after suffering what was termed as a “heart related incident” on he Better Call Saul set.

THE SUICIDE SQUAD: James Gunn may have saved the day.

KELLY CLARKSON will be paying 200K in monthly spousal support.

MARY HARTMAN, MARY HARTMAN is getting a reboot at TBS. Can Fernwood 2-Night be far behind?

ARTHUR, canceled at PBS after 25 seasons.

KEVIN SMITH: Even "He-Man" manages to be controversial.

RON POPEIL, an inventor and the face of infomercials for “as-seen-on-TV” products like Showtime Rotisserie and Pocket Fisherman, has died. He was 86.


YO GOT ME a Puppy?

AN OLYMPIC HORSE, doing the Safety Dance.

NOPE, I'm not going home.

A HUNGRY ELEPHANT Crashes Through a Kitchen Wall Searching For Salty Snacks.

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Marginally On-track Wednesday.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, July 28, 2021 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


ELO: Because I "Can't Get It Out Of My Head."

RHIANNON GIDDENS visits World Cafe.

THE AQUARIUM DRUNKARD PICTURE SHOW has Jack Name, Orions Belte, Stereolab, L’Eclair, Galaxie 500, Babe Rainbow, Spencer Cullum and beyond.

PORRIDGE RADIO covers The Shins' "New Slang."

LIARS shares “From What The Never Was.”

NICK CAVE, on Nick Drake and Nico.

LAURA NYRO: The phenomenal singers' singer the 60s overlooked.


GHOSTBUSTERS: AFTERLIFE has a second trailer online.

LAMB has a trailer online.

BOB ODENKIRK collapsed on the set of AMC’s Better Call Saul and was rushed to the hospital on Tuesday.

ASHTON KUTCHER & MILA KUNIS don't believe in bathing their kids or themselves too much.

PARIS HILTON denies she's pregnant and expecting her first child with her fiancé, Carter Reum.

MATT. DAMON.: The enduring career of the megastar no one really knows.

SEX & THE CITY: Sarah Jessica Parker and executive producer Michael Patrick King plan to turn the limited reboot into a multi-season show.

FILMMAKER Andrew Levitas has accused MGM of burying his film Minamata because of the publicized personal issues of Johnny Depp.

LUCASFILM hired a YouTuber on the strength of his Mandalorian deep fakes.

GENE SISKEL & ROGER EBERT: Movie Critics for the People.


A DOG still recognizes his friend after 10 months.

A DOG among the Koi.

MEANWHILE, at the Olympics...

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Water pouring through my ceiling, and a few Tuesday things.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, July 27, 2021 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


AS YOU MIGHT IMAGINE, a little light on "news" today.

THE YOUNG FRESH FELLOWS, cranking out "I Don't Let The Little Things Get Me Down" and "Rock & Roll Pest Control" raw for Twofer Tuesday.

KAREN BLACK has a posthumous album.

JOHN HUTCHINSON, jazz guitarist and three-time Bowie bandmate, passed away the in hospital over the weekend following a long period of illness.

BRING IT ALL BACK: Is naff noughties pop is suddenly cool again?

MONEY TALKS: Why is selling out OK now?

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Milli Vanilli's unlikely origin story and at "Baby Don't Forget My Number," their first chart-topper.


BRITNEY SPEARS and her new lawyer have filied docs with the name of a person whom they want to manage the conservatorship ... as far as business deals are concerned.

BENNIFER are enjoying a romantic getaway in San Tropez.

BLACK WIDOW: Since the box office numbers dwindled fast, Disney and Marvel have decided to release the movie to digital platforms and Blu-ray/DVD much earlier than anticipated.

THE EXORCIST is getting rebooted as a 400MM trilogy.

GEENA DAVIS is still waiting for is a film industry with as much opportunity for women as there is for men.

PINK offers to pay Norwegian handball players' fines for ditching bikini bottoms.


BIRDS escorting a gator back to his pond.

A GOOSE, hitch-hiking.

A CORGI, having fun in the park.

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And again with the Monday.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, July 26, 2021 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


POP MUSIC: Let's talk about it.

NEW RELEASES: Paste will point you to Leon Bridges, Anika and more.

BILL'S INDIE BASEMENT has Piroshka, Lou Hayter, and more.

FRUIT BATS covers the Smashing Pumpkins' Siamese Dream LP.

PRINCE's estate unvaults "Hot Summer."

JAPANESE BREAKFAST, covering Dolly Parton's "Here You Come Again."


ANDERSON EAST goes very 80s on "Hood of My Car."

BOB DYLAN was reportedly in good voice on his livestreamed Shadow Kingdom.

DAUGHTER's Alexis Marshall discusses the influences on his solo LP.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Richard Marx's vague but sticky quasi-rocker "Satisfied."


WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Two releases respecting the theatrical window –Universal’s Old and Paramount’s Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins– opened to blah results, respectively with 16.5MM and 13.35MM.  Black Widow showed with11.6MM on a 55 percent drop.  Last weekend's champ, Space Jam: A New Legacy, tumbled to the fourth slot with 9.56MM on a not-so-nice 69 percent skid. 

JACKIE MASON, whose staccato, arm-waving delivery and thick Yiddish accent kept the borscht belt style of comedy alive long after the Catskills resorts had shut their doors, and whose career reached new heights in the 1980s with a series of one-man shows on Broadway, died on Saturday in Manhattan. He was 93.

BENNIFER: It's on like Donkey Kong.

ADELE and agent Rich Paul, caught on camera.

MEGXIT: Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will team up on a book about ‘leadership’ as part of their megabucks book deal.

HBO MAX is gaining traction with customers.

R KELLY: Federal prosecutors are seeking to have evidence of what they say are more alleged, but uncharged, crimes committed by the R&B singer  admitted at his upcoming trial in New York.

BLOW OUT at 40: Brian DePalma's dazzling 1981 masterpiece sees a never-better John Travolta find himself caught in a dangerous murder plot.


TRASH PARROTS Invent New Skill in Australian Suburbs.


TEXAS NATIONAL PARK warns of acid-spraying "whip scorpions."

DOGGO at a wind farm.

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Live Aid, and Friday Things.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, July 23, 2021 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with LIVE AID!  It was recently the anniversary of the trans-Atlantic rock event aimed at aiding starving people in Ethiopia (Its prime movers, like Bob Geldof & Bono, would later discover, actually getting the aid past the Marxist dictatorship would be the difficult part). Most of the day's music has found its way online, including the set from Queen that was memorialized in Boheman Rhapsody, a decidiely career-boosting appearance by U2, a look at the pre-lip-syncing Madonna, a peak-80s Bowie set and -- as my pal Nathan reminded me  -- a raft of appearances from the Style Council to the Four Tops to Paul Young to Judas Priest to the Cars to the Beach Boys to the Pretenders to The Who to Simple Minds to Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers and so many more.  Revisiting these videos, I was particularly taken by a solo Elvis Costello (who pobably could not afford a touring band at this point in his career) making The Beatles' "All You Need Is Love" much more than what's on the page with help from a stadium crowd, and the improbable greatness of Kiki Dee in Mom wear, joining Elton John for "Don't Go Breaking My Heart."

NICK THORBURN of ISLANDS visits World Cafe.

MAPLE GLIDER plays a Tiny Desk Concert from Home.

THE KVB shares "World on Fire."

DAVID CROSBY on his early work, Steely Dan, The Simpsons, and more.

THIS SONG IS ABOUT YOU: Confessional songs are all over the pop charts, but what do musicians who blend fact and fiction owe their real life subjects?

FUNKADELIC: Building the Sound of "Maggot Brain."

SPOTIFY: Where does the money go?


DUNE has a main trailer online.

TED LASSO: How the writers made viewers love him in 157 seconds.

DR. DRE will pay almost 300K in monthly spousal support.

MENA SUVARI discusses a weird encounter with Kevin Spacey.

EMILIA CLARKE has been cast in Marvel’s Secret Invasion series for Disney+.

BEN AFFLECK & MATT. DAMON. want to start wrting together again.

DAVID S. GOYER talks to THR about his past ('Blade,' 'The Dark Knight,' 'Man of Steel'), present ('The Tomorrow War,' 'The Night House') and future ('Foundation,' 'Sandman') projects.

THE FUTURE OF CONTENT: John Mass talk s about the business of acquiring intellectual property and figuring out how to make the business side of show business work


I BRAKE for Bison.

EVER HEARD Foxes Laughing?

NOT ALL DOGS are athletic.

DOLPHIN Gymnastics.

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