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Go-Gos, Wolf Parade, Dhani Harrison, Weaves, Pet Your Dog   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, September 29, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

THE WEEKEND STARTS HERE:

...with THE GO-GOs!  They made history as the first all-female band that both wrote their own songs and played their own instruments to top the Billboard album charts. Kind of a hard band to place seasonally. Their debut, Beauty and the Beat, which yielded hits like "Our Lips Are Sealed" and "We Got the Beat," as well as great album cuts like "This Town," "Lust to Love," "Tonite" and "How Much More," came out in late Summer 1981, iirc, and "Lips" was climbing the charts that Fall, so I mentally place the band in this time of year. And it's still warm enough that the title track to the too-quick sophomore album, "Vacation," -- or their cover of the Capitols' "Cool Jerk" -- doesn't sound too out of place. "Get Up and Go" was also a single from that LP, but it didn't make the Top 40.  The band would chart twice more -- in 1984, with "Head Over Heels" and "Turn to You" -- before splitting and the near-inevitable reunion tours.

WOLF PARADE advance streams Cry Cry Cry.

THE WEATHER STATION advance streams a self-titled LP.

WEAVES advance streams Wide Open.

DHANI HARRISON advance streams In Parallel.

BECCA MANCARI advance streams Good Woman.

LAURA JANE GRACE covers The Mountain Goats' "The Best Ever Death Metal Band Out Of Denton."

FIRST AID KIT shares "It's A Shame."

THE PSYCHEDLIC FURS broke through with this video for "Love My Way" on the MTV.

STEELY DAN:  SPIN reappraises Aja at 40.

STEVEN TYLER suffered a seizure in Brazil.

THE SMITHS:  Strangeways, Here We Come Turns 30: Contrasting Morrissey and Marr's Memories of Their Final Album.

DANIEL JOHNSON is profiled by the New York Times.

PLAYBOY AFTER DARK ran for only two seasons, but it had a great ear for music.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases are Tom Cruise's American Made, which is currently scoring xx percent on the ol' Tomatometer; and the remake of Flatliners, which was not screened for critics.

JULIA LOUIS-DREYFUS has been diagnosed with breast cancer.

KATE McKINNON is profiled by Vanity Fair.

KATE WINSLET once cut off a piece of someone's ear. Accidentally.

HOCUS POCUS Tthe 1993 cult classic Walt Disney feature may move to the small screen.

MICHELLE WILLIAMS is in talks to star opposite Tom Hardy in Sony’s Venom movie.

THE HORROR CLASSICS on TCM all October long

RELAX AND PET YOUR DOG: The More You Know. Swoosh.

A HITCHHIKING RACCOON hopped onto the hood of a Colorado Springs police officer’s large major accident van en route to a car crash.

IT'S RAINING FISH in northern Mexico.

A MASSIVE CROC strolls through Cutler Bay, FL. As one does.

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Isley Bros + Santana, R Hitchcock, Rainer Maria, Poodle   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 08:00 AM
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U2 crashes NYC in “You’re the Best Thing About Me.”

THE ISLEY BROTHERS & CARLOS SANTANA visit World Cafe.

ROBYN HITCHCOCK visits Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

RAINER MARIA stops by WFUV's Studio A for a conversation and performance.

ROBERT PLANT & CHRISSIE HYNDE share the vaguely Zeppelin-esque version of "Bluebirds Over The Mountain."

BECK teases the title track “Colors.”

THE ELEPHANT SIX COLLECTIVE shares a new single with The Patient's “Extension 9,” and Breathers' "Colony of Taste."

 

THE NATIONAL covers the Talking Heads' "Heaven."

BLONDIE's Debbie Harry talks about moving to NYC in 1965.

SHILPA RAY takes All Songs Considered on a track-by-track tour of the new LP.

BRYAN ADAMS is co-writing the Pretty Woman musical.

BRAD COOK: Indie rock's Rick Rubin?

 

HUGH HEFNER, who parlayed 8K in borrowed money in 1953 to create Playboy, the hot-button media empire renowned for a magazine enriched with naked women and intelligent interviews just as revealing, has died. He was 91.

KYLIE JENNER and Travis Scott are not ready to get married — not even close — despite they're having a baby.

JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE may return to the Super Bowl.

MANDY MOORE talked about her engagement to Dawes' Taylor Goldsmith for the first time, but she's not making a big spectacle of the news.

JAMES CAMERON doubled down on his criticism of Wonder Woman.

TERMINATOR 6:  July 26, 2019. Part of a trilogy?

CLEOPATRA may return to the big screen with Denis Villeneuve directing.

ANNIHILATION, a sci-fi thriller with Natalie Portman, drops a teaser trailer online.

RIC FLAIR got around back in the day.

CHLOE SEVIGNY shares the soundtrack of her life.

SCANNERS may head to the small screen. Mind blown.

THE DEATH OF STALIN drops a second trailer.

GERALD'S GAME: Stephen King comes to Netflix.

 

A POODLE steals a scooter from a toddler.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: A militant rodent attacked the grid in idaho.

A NEW SPECIES OF GIANT RAT can crack a coconut in its jaws.

THE CODFATHER was sentenced to 46 months for evading fishing quotas, money smuggling.

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Almost a day off, but I have some showbiz.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, September 27, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

 

KHLOE KARDASHIAN is pregnant with her first child, and the baby daddy is her NBA star boyfriend, Tristan Thompson.

GAME OF THRONES co-stars Kit Harington and Rose Leslie are engaged.  BTW, the final season reportedly will cost 15MM per episode.

JULIA STILES and Preston J. Cook have tied the knot in a "shotgun wedding."

SOFIA VERGARA sixpeats as the world's highest-paid TV actress, according to Forbes.

MARTIN SCORSESE & LEONARDO DiCAPRIO are re-teaming for a teddy Rossevelt biopic.

AVATAR's sequels began production. The cost may exceed one billion dollars.

I should be back at full strength tomorrow.

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Whitney, Minor Victories, Steve Martin, TD Squirrel   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, September 26, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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THE NATIONAL covers New Order's "Love Vigilantes."

WHITNEY played Pitchfork Paris.

MINOR VICTORIES played Pitchfork Paris.

STEVE MARTIN & THE STEEP COUNTY RANGERS play a Tiny Desk Concert.

TY SEGALL shares "Alta."

YEAH YEAH YEAHS share a "Phone Jam."

FRANKIE ROSE covers The Cure's "A Forest."

 

THE FLIRTATIONS deliver slices of Northern Soul with "Nothing But A Heartache" and "What's Good About Goodbye My Love" for Twofer Tuesday.

POLITICAL BEATS: I forgot to mention last week's episode covers Beck (with MSNBC's Chris Hayes) and this week's covers the Eagles (with author James Poulus).

BJORK discusses the creative process behind each of her albums.

WEATHER STATION: Tamara Lindeman talks to Aquarium Drunkard about her record’s blustery sound and the role setting plays in her songs.

TEN MISTAKES left in classic records.

 

JUSTICE LEAGUE: Joss Whedon is cutting scenes with Iris West and Lex Luthor.

TOM CRUISE Action Movies, ranked at ScreenCrush.

JERRY SEINFELD breaks down the joke process.

KYLIE JENNER is pregnant — and her momager Kris is doing whatever she can to make sure her 20-year-old daughter's extremely lucrative cosmetics empire remains a top priority.

HEIDI KLUM and Vito Schnabel are officially calling it quits after three years.

AMITYVILLE: THE AWAKENING, after four different release dates, is being released for free. I'm sure it's fine.

 

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: He. Could. Go. All. The. Way.

RAT-A-THON: The Greater Moncton SPCA has cages and cages of domesticated rats, ready for adoption.

ANCIENT FROGS may have eaten dinosaurs.

GOLDFISH the size of footballs and plates have been found invading freshwater rivers in Western Australia, posing a risk to native species.

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Monday, September 25, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

BUSY WEEKEND. But I have a few things, mostly this very sad news:

CHARLES BRADLEY, the acclaimed soul singer and exuberant live performer who saw his career ascend late in life, died Saturday following a bout with stomach and liver cancer. He was 68. The Guardian obit is also good, as is this 2014 interview with Noisey including Bradley's general view of humanity.  Pitchfork rounds up seven great song performances, while NPR re-upped his 2016 SXSW performance at Stubb's.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Kingsman: The Golden Circle topped the chart with 39MM -- a few million better than the original, probably several million less than where the gurus projected.  The foreign grossses were 51MM, taking the sequel past the 100MM overall.  The former champ, It, placed with 30MM on a 50 percent drop that's dang leggy for a third frame in the horror genre.  The clown show has already pulled in 266.3MM domestic against a 35MM budget.  The LEGO Ninjago Movie showed with 21.2MM, substantially below the prior movies in this cinematic universe; the stakes will be higher for the proper sequel to The LEGO MovieAmerican Assassin slid 58 percent to the fourth slot with 6.3MM (Lionsgate will have been glad to have sold off the overseas rights).  Home Again rounded out the Top Five with 3.3MM.

ISLE OF DOGS, the next film from Wes Anderson, has a trailer online.

KYLIE JENNER reportedly is pregnant.

I SHOULD BE BACK to full strength tomorrow.

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