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Bill Withers RIP, and Monday Things.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, April 06, 2020 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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BILL WITHERS, a onetime Navy aircraft mechanic who, after teaching himself to play the guitar, wrote some of the most memorable and often-covered songs of the 1970s, including “Lean on Me,” “Ain’t No Sunshine” and “Use Me,” died on Monday in Los Angeles. He was 81. Brooklyn Vegan has your tributes.

MARIANNE FAITHFULL is in a London hospital after testing positive for coronavirus.

CHRISTOPER CROSS tested positive for Coronavirus.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Christopher Cross's endlessly smooth soft-rock staple "Sailing."

MICHAEL McDONALD plays a Tiny Desk Concert from Home.

LISSIE plays a virtual session for The Current.

 

ADAM SCHLESINGER's parter in Founrains of Wayne, Chris Collingswood, tweeted a brief statement. Robbie Fulks also pays tribute. This piece in The Atlantic is also quite nice.

QUEEN ELIZABETH II addresses the UK and the Commonwealth in a special broadcast recorded at Windsor Castle.

BORIS JOHNSON has been admitted to the hospital for tests as a precaution. He tested positive for the coronavirus 10 days ago.

STEVEN SPIELBERG sent over a bunch of food to treat doctors and nurses at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank.

LARRY DAVID, Master of his Quarantine.

LOUIS CK has returned with a surprise stand-up special, after admitting to several accounts of sexual misconduct in the 2010s.

KATY PERRY does a messy gender reveal.

ANT-MAN 3 gets a writer.

TIGER KING gets a bonus episode.  JOE EXOTIC tests positive.

 

GETTING THE CAT to come in.

OCEAN RAMSEY and her team encountered this 20 ft Great White Shark near the island of Oahu, Hawaii.

THE SHEDD AQUARIUM is still feeding the fish.

A TIGER at the Bronx Zoo has tested positive for the new coronavirus, in what is believed to be the first known infection in an animal in the US or a tiger anywhere, federal officials and the zoo said on Sunday.

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YFF, and Friday Things.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, April 03, 2020 - 08:00 AM
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THE WEEKEND STARTS HERE:

...with the YOUNG FRESH FELLOWS! Live at Cicero's in St. Louis, On November 23rd,1985, so this is Chuck Carroll-era YFFs.  Selections include: "Gus Theme," "White Bird," "If I Had A Hammer," "Power Mowers' Theme," "Where Is Groovy Town?", "Sharing Patrol," "Topsy Turvy," "Young Fresh Fellows Theme," "Hang On Sloopy," "All Messed Up," "Big House/ Love Boat Theme medley" "Mr. Salamander's Review," "Down By The Pharmacy," "Close to You/ Someone I Care About," "Aurora Bridge," "How Much About Last Night Do You Remember?" "This Little Mystery," "Searchin' USA," "Fair Exchange," and "My Friend Ringo."

WILCO, Live in Mexico, January 18, 2020.

FOUNTAINS OF WAYNE played a Tiny Desk Concert.  Encore.

MAVIS STAPLES & JEFF TWEEDY share the benfit single, "All In It Together."

 

THE MAGNETIC FIELDS shares "Kraftwerk In A Blackout."

ADAM SCHLESINGER Did The Work.

LOU REED's finale, essayed by Patrick Stickles of Titus Andronicus.

GWAR: Inside Their WIld and Surprisingly Cultured World.

DOLLY PARTON is reading bedtime stories online.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Olivia Newton-John's 'Xanadu' jam "Magic."

 

ROTTEN TOMATOES embraces streaming, by necessity.

DR. ANTHONY FAUCI: Sexiest Man Alive?

TOM BRADY has moved into Derek Jeter's mansion.

GWYNETH PALTROW and her husband have taken part in a YouTube advice session with an intimacy coach during the coronavirus lockdown.

LEIGHTON MEESTER & ADAM BRODY are expecting again.

VAL KILMER dated Angelina Jolie, Cindy Crawford and Cher but in his new memoir, he writes that his breakup from Daryl Hannah was the toughest.

CHRIS FARLEY: An Essential Guide.

 

THREE PENGUINS visit the Polar Play Zone at the Shedd.

A SEA LION, fed by a fisher.

THE DOG spends more time on the trampoline than the kids do.

A STARFISH walking on land looks like an alien.

ORANGUTANS and OTTER, living together... mass hysteria.

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Adam Schlesinger RIP   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, April 02, 2020 - 08:00 AM
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ADAM SCHLESINGER, a singer-songwriter for the bands Fountains of Wayne and Ivy who had an award-winning second career writing songs for film (including "That Thing You Do" and the Wham!tastic "Pop Goes My Heart"), theater and television, died from complications of the coronavirus, on Wednesday. He was 52. In addition to that NYT obit, here's Rolling Stone, Variety, and NPR.  Brooklyn Vegan has your tributes.  RS also has 20 Essential Songs spanning Schlesinger's career, including "Stacy's Mom," but you rally could not go wrong picking just about any of his songs at random.I have fond memories of Fountains of Wayne live, including the way that they would turn their terrific "Radiation Vibe" into a a medley of 70s and 80s cheese (or do you prefer it unplugged).

ELLIS MARSALIS, jazz pianist, teacher and patriarch of a New Orleans musical family that includes famed musician sons Wynton and Branford, has died. He was 85.

I'll be back tomorrow, once I've composed myself.

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Guess what day it is...no really, what day is it?   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, April 01, 2020 - 08:00 AM
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DAVE MASON: "We Just Disagree." 

NPR LIVE SESSIONS: Entire concerts from Mudhoney, Jason Isbell, Graham Nash and more.

WEYES BLOOD, Live on Instagram. (Thx, kmm.)

JEFF TWEEDY covers the Meat Puppets' "Plateau" online and perfoms with his sons on Kimmel.

THE MOUNTAIN GOATS' John Darnielle debuts "Until Olympius Returns."

CHELSEA LIGHT MOVING shares "Sunday Stage."

 

DEBBIE HARRY & KERMIT THE FROG: "Rainbow Connection."

M WARD: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview.

THE STROKES: The Wilderness Years.

DAVID BOWIE: 25 Deep Cuts.

HIGH FIDELITY AT 20: The sneakily dark edge of a comedy about bad breakups.

 

SOME GOOD NEWS, with John Krasinski.

CHRIS CUOMO, CNN anchor, has tested positive and will host from home.

TIGER KING: Tampa authorities on Tuesday confirmed tips have been rolling in daily concerning a cold case featured in the wildly popular Netflix docuseries.

LINDSAY LOHAN returns with a weird video.

TOMMY BOY TURNS 25: Director Peter Segal reflects.

TMNT TURNS 30: An Oral History.

SCRUBS: Zach Braff and Donald Faison have officially launched their rewatch podcast Fake Doctors, Real Friends.

JOE BUCK Says People Keep Asking Him To Narrate Their Sex Tapes.

 

MOUNTAIN GOATS have taken over the town of Llandudno in Wales.

MEANWHILE, a bear tidies up.

VERY SMOLL, but full of life.

WELLINGTON THE PENGUIN visited the belugas at the Shedd Aquarium.

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Jon Pratt, and Tuesday Things.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, March 31, 2020 - 08:00 AM
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JON PRATT: Pate's frontman, live from home, covering Willie Nelson's "Night Life."

THE WHO get over three hours of discussion and analysis, up through "The Seeker," on this week's Political Beats with guest Ben Domenech. It will destroy you in more ways than one.

STEVIE WONDER, Live at the Rainbow Theater, Jan. 31, 1974.

AMANDA SHIRES & JASON ISBELL cover Radiohead's "High And Dry."

SAM NEILL covers Radiohead's "Creep" on ukulele.  He was so preoccupied with whether or not he could, he didn't stop to think if he should.

ANGEL OLSEN covers Roxy Music's "More Than This."

 

THE FOUNDATIONS: "Build Me Up, Buttercup" and "Baby, Now That I Found You" are your Twofer Tuesday. 

JOHN PRINE is in stable condition.  Big Thief's Adrianne Lenker has shared a cover of Prine's "Summer's End."

ADAM SCHLESSINGER of Fountains of Wayne has been on a ventilator in a medically-induced coma?  UPDATE: Not in a coma, but on a ventilator.

ALLAN MERRILL, ho fronted the ’70s rock band Arrows and co-wrote “I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll,” has died at the age of 69 due to complications with the coronavirus.

THE BEST ALBUMS of 2020 (So Far), according to NME.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Bill yJoel's first-ever No. 1, the new-wave snark jam "It's Still Rock And Roll To Me."

 

MEGXIT: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have turned to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in selecting the woman who will help them a forge their new charitable endeavor outside of the royal realm.

THE THOMAS CROWN AFFAIR: A painting by Dutch master Vincent van Gogh was stolen in an overnight smash-and-grab raid on a museum that was closed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

ELLEN BARKIN is being sued for posting a photo of Ellen Barkin.

MICHAEL BAY has set his Bay Films to a multiyear first look deal with Sony Pictures to produce both film and TV projects.

RICK & MORTY share an anime short.

35 UNDER 35: The Movie Star Ranking.

THE RINGER'S Best TV Character of the Century Bracket. Check the updates on that page for things like Elisabeth Moss explaining Mad Men's Peggy Olson.

 

LIKE THAT SCENE FROM "GHOST," but with a cat.

AN ELEPHANT uses a stick to clean in-between its toes.

CROCODILE Carnage.

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