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The Sweet, and Memorial Day Things.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, May 22, 2020 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl




...with THE SWEET!  The bubble-glam rockers are probably best known for the trifecta of "Little Willy," "Ballroom Blitz" and "Fox on the Run," though they also charted with the harder-edged "Action" and the more ballad-y "Love is Like Oxygen."  All of those clips also feature the band's rather unique fashion sense, but you have to see the clip for "Wig Wam Bam" -- complete with headdress -- to see the band at its most ridiculous.  BONUS: "All That Glitters" is a BBC documentary originally broadcast in February 1974 charting a day in the life of The Sweet.

LIZ PHAIR plays songs from across her entire career at World Cafe.

LOU BARLOW covers Devo, Tom Petty, Ratt, Journey, and more.

MARGO PRICE shares her new live album, Perfectly Imperfect at The Ryman.

HAIM shares "Don't Wanna."


LANA DEL REY Is Fed Up With Critics Who Say She Glamorizes Abuse.

PAUL McCARTNEY has shared an emotional tribute to his "dear friend", The Beatles‘ photographer Astrid Kirchherr, who died last week at 82.

THE GO-GOS: Kathy Valentine finds joy in decluttering.

THE 100 BEST INDIE FOLK ALBUMS, according to Paste.

T. REX: "20th Century Boy." Aow!


WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: There was one last weekend. Who knew?

LORI LAUGHLIN and Mossimo Giannulli have agreed to plead guilty to conspiracy charges in the Varsity Blues case.

THE DUKE & DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE called Bingo fo a nursing home.

SOME GOOD NEWS: John Krasinski's feel-good web series is headed to Viacom/CBS for a big pile of cash.

CATHERINE O'HARA is profiled by Vanity Fair, complete with a photo shot by drone.

FRIENDS is not the biggest draw for HBOMax?

PETER DINKLAGE & JASON MOMOA are making a deal to re-team in a Vampire movie.

TOM BRADY is going to get his own ESPN docu-series.

MICHAEL BAY is rushing to produce a pandemic thriller because of course he is.

TENET has a new trailer online.

THE OUTPOST has a trailer online.


MEMORIAL DAY has become -- in the minds of some -- a day devoted to uncovering their swimming pools and barbeques. So take a moment (preferably at 3 p.m. local time) to remember what it's really about.You can read about "The Meaning of Memorial Day" with selections from American authors and statesmen, including Herman Melville, Ernie Pyle, Louisa May Alcott, Frederick Douglass, and Dwight D. Eisenhower. Joyce Johnson and the "Arlington Ladies" who attend every funeral in Arlington National Cemetery, to ensure no soldier is buried alone, take more than a moment.  Re-read "A Death in the Family," as powerful as it was when Christopher Hitchens wrote it in 2007.  Revisit William Wyler's footage of the last mission of the Memphis Belle, or check the Tube for Alfred Hitchcock's footage of the liberation of the Belsen concentration camp.  The Wikipedia entry for Memorial Day notes a race track connection unrelated to the Indy 500.  It's a good day -- as good as we are likely to get -- for Sgt. Barry Sadler's No. 1 smash, "Ballad of the Green Berets."  or the movie adaptation of Gen. George S. Patton's "Speech to the Third Army."  As "Greyhawk" once wrote at the Mudville Gazette, "This is Memorial Day weekend. Enjoy it. Celebrate it - the people who died to give you that right would appreciate it. But they didn't die peaceably in their beds, these dogs who fell protecting sheep from wolves."

A PONY adopts 3 little lambs after their mother died on a farm in the UK.

ELEPHANTS Really Can't Hold Their Liquor.

CHICKEN vs SNAKE: Who You Got?

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A saucerful of Thursday Things.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, May 21, 2020 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


I AM FORTUNATE to be working, but I got handed something urgent, so let's see what I have for now:

SIMON & GARFUNKEL tackle "Late In the Evening" in Central Park, circa 1981, iirc.

STEELY DAN, Live in London, 1974.

THE WAR ON DRUGS: Adam Granduciel virtually visits World Cafe.

DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS Patterson Hood and Jay Gonzalez play for WGBH.

JEFF ROSENSTOCK surprise releases No Dream.


PHOEBE BRIDGERS shares "I See You."

JARVIS COCKER talks about the challenges of trying to create live experiences during lockdown, rediscovering the joys of playing in a band again, making peace with your past body of work, and always looking for ways to make collaboration and creativity feel new.

DAVID BOWIE's favorite NYC sandwiches.

MARIANNE FAITHFULL has shared a message of thanks to the healthcare workers who aided her recovery from COVID-19, as well as her fans for offering their support.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Daryl Hall & John Oates' naggingly catchy doo-wop/new-wave hybrid "Private Eyes."


JUSTICE LEAGUE: The Snyder Cut is coming, and it will be "an entirely new thing."

JUDE LAW is expecting his first child with his wife Phillipa Coan, but sixth overall.

EXTRAS ON SET: Inside Hollywood's Pricey Plans to Restart Production.

BUT MOST will want to watch at home.

ANTEBELLUM has a new trailer online.

MARVEL has a secret, female-centric movie in the works at Sony.

MacGRUBER: Over the past 10 years, its absurdity and quotability has earned it cult classic status.


45 SECONDS of Awesome.

A NEW PARASITE that attaches to the genitals of its host has been discovered on Twitter.

A NEW MOUSE, more human than ever.

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Mid-week Things.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, May 20, 2020 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



JASON ISBELL & AMANDA SHIRES, Live at Brooklyn Bowl Nashville on May 15.

ARETHA FRANKLIN, Live at Fillmore West, March 7, 1971.

LANKUM plays a Tiny Desk Concert.

CHRISSIE HYNDE covers Bob Dylan's "Standing in the Doorway."


WILCO debuts a new track, “Tell Your Friends.”

GUIDED BY VOICES launches a subscription service.

BOB DYLAN contains multitudes.

PERFUME GENIUS: Mike Hadreas discusses his influences at Vulture.



BEN STILLER talks about the life and career of his father Jerry, the roots of the Frank Costanza character on ‘Seinfeld,’ and his decision to follow in the footsteps of his parents.

TOM HANKS's WWII battleship drama Greyhound will skip threaters and head for AppleTV.

BRAIN AUSTIN GREEN & MEGAN FOX officially split but he's not ruling out the chance of reconciliation.

TWILIGHT fans are mourning the death of Gregory Tyree Boyce at 30.

RONAN FARROW: Too Good To Be True?

JEREMY RENNER is accusing his ex-wife of misusing nearly 50K from their daughter's trust fund.

BATWOMAN loses its lead acress.

JUSTICE LEAGUE Is "The Snyder Cut" comng to HBOMax?

GAME OF THRONES, ranked at The Ringer.


A FALCON, nesting in a planter.

THE BELMONT STAKES will be a little lower this year.

THAT'S gotta be a big catfish.

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Eddie Haskell RIP, and Tuesday Things.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, May 19, 2020 - 01:23 AM
Posted by: Karl


STRAWBERRY ALARM CLOCK: "Incense and Peppermints" plus "Tomorrow" for Twofer Tuesday.

THE NATIONAL, Live From Best Kept Secret (June 9, 2018).

SPARKS visits World Cafe, sort of.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED does a special tribute to Little Richard.

BILLIE JOE ARMSTRONG covers Eric Carmen's "That’s Rock ‘n’ Roll."


MARK LANEGAN & COLD CAVE covered Joy Division's "Isolation" during a livestream tribute to Ian Curtis. Also: 40 unknown Unknown Pleasures factoids.

JANELLE MONAE visits Fresh Air.

DEVO's Mark Mothersbaugh shares the soundtrack of his life.And the synths that changed pop music.

WHY DOES Sad Music Make You Happy?

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Christopher Cross's Oscar-winning Burt Bacharach collaboration "Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)."


KEN OSMOND, best known for his role as the troublemaker Eddie Haskell on the television comedy "Leave It to Beaver," died on Monday morning. He was 76. Marc Maron paid tribute.

JOAQUIN PHOENIX & ROONEY MARA are expecting their first child.

COMMUNITY's cast reunited for a charity table read, with guest star Pablo Pascal (Game of Thrones, he Mandalorian), who loses it near the end.

CHARLIZE THERON has outtakes from the recent Mad Max: Fury Road story in the NYT.

JAIME KING files for divorce.

LYNN SHELTON, an indie filmmaker who helped popularize the mumblecore genre with works such as "Humpday" and "Your Sister's Sister," died Friday of a blood disorder. She was 54.

RYAN SEACREST did not have a stroke during the American Idol finale.

TOP GUN gets not one, but two essays at The Ringer.


THIS DOGGO can fetch.

MOOSE, a labrador retriever, received an honorary doctorate in veterinary medicine on Friday.

KEVIN THE GUINEA PIG helps out with distance learning.

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Fred Willard RIP, New Releases, and Monday Things.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, May 18, 2020 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


WE FIVE: Because "You Were On My Mind," natch.

NEW RELEASES: Paste points you to Jason Isbell, Perfume Genius, Charli XCX, and more.

BILL'S INDIE BASEMENT points you to Magnetic Fields, Public Practice, Sparks, and more.

HOP ALONG's Frances Quinlan played a Tiny Desk Concert.

SHARON VAN ETTEN & JOSH HOMME cover Nick Lowe's "(What’s So Funny ’Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding?"


PEOBE BRIDGERS is distantly profiled at The New Yorker.

BOB DYLAN's latest sounds a little familiar to some.

PHIL MAY, lead singer for the influential British Invasion-era rock band Pretty Things, has died at age 75. More at The Guardian.

DEVO's energy domes get a pandemic upgrade.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Diana Ross & Lionel Richie's drippy-ballad smash "Endless Love."


FRED WILLARD, the Emmy Award-nominated comic actor best known for his scene-stealing roles in Christopher Guest’s improvised ensemble film comedies like “Best in Show” and “Waiting for Guffman” and on sitcoms like “Modern Family” and “Everybody Loves Raymond,” died on Friday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 86.  Martin Mull, who worked with Willard in the 70s, offers a nice tribute.

PHYLLIS GEORGE, the 50th winner of the iconic Miss America pageant, pioneering sportscaster, and former First Lady of Kentucky, died Friday, May 14, following a long struggle with a blood disorder.

WILL FARRELL & RACHEL McADAMS shrae "Volcano Man" from their upcoming Netflix comedy, Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga.

TARA REID is being considered for the role of Joe Exotic's nemesis, Carole Baskin, in the live-action movie of the hit Netflix documentary series.

BRIAN AUSTIN GREEN & MEGAN FOX: Trouble in Paradise?

RYAN GOSLING is signed up to star in the film adaptation of “The Martian” author Andy Weir’s next novel, with Phil Lord and Chris Miller on board to direct.

JESSICA ALBA to Star in Netflix Action-Thriller ‘Trigger Warning.’

BATMAN & ROBIN's screenwriter apologizes.

BRUCE WILLIS gonna Bruce Willis.

STAR WARS: X-Wing jocks enter the "Danger Zone."

RON JEREMY wants to save a tree.


MERLIN tries to make friends with Tiffany. No mass hysteria.

A COW ON THE LAM for over a year was captured after a two-hour chase on the area known as the Grapevine on Interstate 5 Saturday morning.

SHELTERS often mislabel dog breeds. But should we be labeling them at all?

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