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New Releases, Indie Basement, Gillian Welch & David Rawlings, Plus.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, July 13, 2020 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


LEMON PIPERS: "Green Tambourine."

NEW RELEASES: Paste will point you to Margo Price, My Morning Jacket, Rufus Wainwright, and more.

BILL'S INDIE BASEMENT has Kelley Stoltz, The Beths, Ian Masters, and more.

GILLIAN WELCH & DAVID RAWLINGS dropped a covers LP, All The Good Times.

ELVIS COSTELLO shares "Hetty O'Hara Confidential."

GUIDED BY VOICES shares "To Keep an Area."


THE FLAMING LIPS share a video for "Dinosaurs on the Mountain."

FIONA ADAMS, the photographer behind some of the most recognizable pics of The Beatles, has died at the age of 84.

JUDY DYBLE, a founding member of Fairport Convention and Trader Horne -- and briefly part of Giles, Giles and Fripp who would eventually turn into King Crimson -- has died at age 71 after a battle with lung cancer.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Michael Jackson's iconic, era-defining "Beat It."


WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Your champion is The Empire Strikes Back. Search your feelings, you know it to be true.

30 ROCK has a reunion trailer.

NAYA RIVERA's disappearance still looks like a tragic drowning.

BROOKLYN BECKHAM will reportedly be tying the knot with girlfriend and actress Nicola Peltz.

ARNIE HAMMER and Elizabeth Chambers Hammer have split after 10 years of marriage.

BILL HADER & RACHEL BILSON are dunzo after six months.

THE MONEY PLANE: Everything you want to know about an explosive casino heist in the sky.


THIS BIRD won't let her "mom" out of her sight.

THIS CAT wants indoors.

DON'T ACCEPT PACKAGES from strangers.

RACCOONS visit Washington Week in Review.

KEEP SWIMMING: Huge rays are seen swimming past Florida beachgoers who appear completely unaware of their passing. 

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Three Dog Night, Almost Famous, and Friday Things.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, July 10, 2020 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


...with THREE DOG NIGHT! Once again, I'm enjoying the guilty pleasure of "Eli's Coming" with fellow fans of the late, lamented SportsNight. That, along with memories of The Service's cover of "Shambala" led me to compile a few more, including "Mama Told Me Not to Come," "Joy To The World," "One," "Liar," and "Celebrate."


SORRY plays KEXP from Home.

JACOB COLLIER -- all four of him -- play a Tiny Desk Concert from Home.

THE NATIONAL, Live at Daytrotter in 2007. Includes a cover of the Psychedelic Furs' "Pretty In Pink."


DISCO DEMOLITION NIGHT: This weekend marks the anniversary of Disco Demolition Night, a promo event occurring during a scheduled twi-nite doubleheader between the Chicago White Sox and the Detroit Tigers that would prove to be the most ill-conceived promotional idea since the infamous "Ten Cent Beer Night" in Cleveland in 1974. It's now the subject of a book and this oral history at Chicago magazine.  Though some incorrectly think it had to do with racism, homophobia, etc., the event had much more to do with the fact that Chicago radio station WDAI forced out morning host Steve Dahl o­n Chirstmas Eve 1978, to switch to a disco format. A man who is cashiered wearing a Santa suit tends to carry a grudge. (Indeed, authentic Disco, as it had originated in predominantly black and gay clubs, had already died commercially -- but the genre later found its way onto the Top 40 in the wake of Saturday Night Fever as a trendy white phenomenon; Dahl's critics might consider whether that phase was a cultural apporpriation.) A few months later Dahl re-surfaced at WLUP with "Do You Think I'm Disco?" -- a parody of Rod Stewart's "Do You Think I'm Sexy?" with lyrics that targeted yuppie narcissism and materialism. He also did a bit where he pretended to blow-up disco records, which Mike Veeck, the son of Sox owner (and legendary showman) Bill Veeck, thought could be turned into a promotion in which admission was 98 cents (because WLUP was FM 98) for anyone who brought a disco record to be blown up between the two games. It was far more successful and less controllable than either Dahl or Veeck imagined, with young people storming the park to enter, creating a fog of marijuana smoke in the stands, sailing records like frisbees, throwing firecrackers and ultimately storming the diamond after the scheduled demolition had concluded and Dahl was en route to the announcer's booth for the second game. Footage of the event from from stellamasters, along with the aftermath at FuzzyMemories and this compilation of local news coverage from the night is pretty darned good, with cameos from Bill Kurtis and Greg Gumbel.

THE MENDOZA LINE, remembered at Aquarium Drunkard.

THE BETHS: How New Zealand's favourite pop-rock group made self-doubt their brand.

THE ROLLING STONES are deluxe reissuing Goat's Head Soup.

MADONNA: Nearly 30 years later, Truth Or Dare remains one of the most morally contentious documents of the spoiled, rich white-girl fantasy.


ALMOST FAMOUS: Cameron Crowe and the cast reunite for a 5-part oral history.

JOHNNY DEPP used the blood from the severed tip of his finger to paint messages on a mirror, a court heard Thursday.  Amber Heard's photos of an alleged Depp drug bender were also shown.

STEVE MARTIN writes a lovely tribute to Carl Reiner.

ROBERT DE NIRO says COVID-19 dealt a massive financial blow to his finances (he's worth 500MM).

KANYE WEST is reprotedly in the throes of a serious bipolar episode.

NAYA RIVERA  (Glee) is presumed dead in a suspected drowning.

REOPENING HOLLYWOOD: How Zendaya, John David Washington & ‘Euphoria' Creator Sam Levinson Started and Finished A Secret Movie During The Pandemic.

POINT BREAK: The Silliest Classic Ever Made?

THE FAR SIDE is back.


A HIPPO, having watermelons for the Summer.

A GIANT GRIZZLY, just chillin' with a fisherman.

BABY MACAQUES are snatched from their mothers, chained and forced to harvest up to 1000 coconuts a day.

A DROWNING BABY EAGLE was rescued by a Dad trying to impress his kid.

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I should have saved yesterday's excuse for today.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, July 09, 2020 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

ANYWAY, a few Thursday Things:

DIAMOND KNIGHTS: "Destination Diamonds".  For the 70s vibe in the heat of July.

THE JAYHAWKS preview their new LP a bit at World Cafe.

CHICANO BATMAN plays a Tiny Desk Concert from home.

THE CLOUD NOTHINGS are streaming The Black Hole Understands.

DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS share “Sea Island Lonely.”


JARVIS COCKER talks to Stereogum about his film cameos, Iggy Pop and Nancy Sinatra, Pulp reunions, his new album and more.

PYLON: The Birth and Death of America's Best Rock Band.

WILLIE NELSON talks about his 70th studio LP on World Cafe.

28 ESSENTIAL HEAVY SHOEGAZE SONGS, according to Brooklyn Vegan.

THE NUMBER ONES looks back at Dexy's Midnight Runners' joyous Celtic soul singalong "Come On Eileen."


KANYE WEST is running for President, although most of the big state filing deadlines are past, so take it with a grain of salt.

LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA responded to criticism of how Hamilton deals with the slaveholders it portrays. (He waited until after the streaming premiere, because he's not dumb.)

JOHNNY DEPP testified in his libel case about his ex Amber Heard calling James Franco "rapey" and claiming she had to flee his advances.

BRAD PITT & ANGELINA JOLIE appear to managing their co-parenting without serious drama.

HAYLEY ATWELL is getting ripped for Mission Impossible 7.

THE WONDER YEARS, but for a black family in Montgomery, Alabama in the turbulent late 1960's.

THE BOYS: Season 2 has a teaser trailer online.


A WILD ARCTIC FOX, caught on camera in Greenland.

CATS, reacting to Durian fruit.

A 112-LB CATFISH was caught and released in St. Louis.

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A Quick One, While I'm Away (at Work).   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, July 08, 2020 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


FOUNTAINS OF WAYNE work the car wash for "Denise," whom you may know as T'Pol.

THE B-52s, Live at Berklee College of Music, 1979.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED features Sufjan Stevens, Bill Callahan, Fenne Lily, Lonnie Holley And More.

ELLIS covers Taylor Swift and Dinosaur Jr on a new EP.

SOCCER MOMMY covers The Cars' "Drive."

SUPERCHUNK covers The Go-Gos' "Can't Stop the World."

GUIDED BY VOICES shares "Haircut Sphinx."


SONIC YOUTH: Brooklyn Vegan surveys all 16 studio albums.

TALKING HEADS drummer Chris Frantz has said it "would be nice" if the iconic New York band reunited.

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

DAVID JOHANSEN will b the subject of a Scorsese documentary.


THANDIE NEWTON discusses working with Tom Cruise and much, much more.

JOHNNY DEPP's libel case has denials of spousal abuse and admissions of drug abuse, supplying his13-year-old daughter with maijuana, and the claim that ex Amber Heard may have pooped the bed.

HALLE BERRY issued an apology for considering a role as a transgender man in an upcoming film.

MEGXIT: Prince William and Prince Harry have taken another step in the ongoing split of their charitable efforts.

CHARLIZE THERON, on 'The Old Guard' and Her Heartbreak Over the Furiosa Prequel.

COMEDY CENTRAL is getting a makeover?

BIG BOY is getting replaced by a girl?


ONE FOR EVERYBODY, in every size.

PENGUINS can fire their poop over four feet. The More You Know. Swoosh.

THE WATER TIGER BEETLE, which can slurp up fish and fully grown bullfrogs was found at a Montana national park, officials say.

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Charlie Daniels and Ennio Morricone RIP, plus Tuesday Things.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, July 07, 2020 - 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.

THE TWEEDY FAMILY covers Neil Young, My Bloody Valentine, Link Wray, and Arthur Russell.

DIRTY PROJECTORS play a Tiny Desk Concert from home.

MUZZ visits with World Cafe. Don't call 'em a supergroup.

BILL CALLAHAN shares "Another Song."


RYAN ADAMS apologized for “the ways I’ve mistreated people throughout my life and career” in a statement published on the Daily Mail’s website.  Some of the women previously in Adams’ life have responded to the apology.

KACEY MUSGRAVES and her musician-husband, Ruston Kelly, have filed for divorce.

CHARLIE DANIELS, the singer, songwriter and bandleader who was a force in both country and rock for decades, bringing a brash, down-home persona and blazing fiddle work to hits like “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” died on Monday in Nashville. He was 83.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Michael Jackson's epochal, game-changing smash "Billie Jean."


ENNIO MORRICONE,  the Italian composer whose atmospheric scores for spaghetti westerns and some 500 films by a Who’s Who of international directors made him one of the world’s most versatile and influential creators of music for the modern cinema, died on Monday in Rome. He was 91.The LA Times proposes his Top 10 scores.

BLACK WIDOW: Scarlett Johansson hands the baton to Florence Pugh.

VISUAL EFFECTS COMPANIES: The pandemc's production shutdown is now catching up and a lack of new business is leaving companies at serious risk.

QUIBI: Is Anyone Watching?

BACK TO THE FUTURE at 35: The Movie That Made America Great Again.

STARSHIP TROOPERS: Once again, the present has caught up to Verhoeven’s acid vision of the future.

WALMART is turning 160 of its parking lots into drive-in movie theaters.


A VIRGINIA OPOSSUM spends her time scent-marking a cardboard box at Atlanta Zoo in Georgia.

WE DON'T DESERVE DOGS: They leave, always far too soon.

RUBBLE, the World's Oldest Cat, passes at 31.

IT'S NOT A SNAKE, but Beware of Its Venomous Bite.

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