MICHAEL NESMITH, who rocketed to fame as the contemplative, wool-cap-wearing member of the Monkees in 1966, then went on to a diverse career that included making one of the rock era’s earliest music videos and winning the first Grammy Award for video, died on Friday at his home in Carmel Valley, Calif. He was 78. And here's the Rolling Stone obit. And the Washington Post on Nesmith's role in inventing country rock. Stereogum has a cross-section of his work, and Ben Gibbard covering a few. I'm still partial to "You Just May Be the One" and his singing on "What Am I Doing Hanging Around."
NEW RELEASES: Pitchfork will point you to Aeon Station, Michael Hurley, and more. Also the last regular new releases of the year.
BILL'S INDIE BASEMENT has Bill Callahan & Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, Deep Throat Choir, and more.
NEIL YOUNG & CRAZY HORSE stream Barn.
PHOEBE BRIDGERS didn't released an LP, but was pretty busy in 2021.
NILS LOFGREN: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview.
THE TOP 20 ALBUMS of 2021, according to NPR listeners.
THE NUMBER ONES ooks at Paula Abdul's final chart-topper, the puffy and optimistic dance-pop track "The Promise Of A New Day."
WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: West Side Story tops the chart with 10.5MM aganist a 100MM+ budget, which has people praying it has legs given its sterling reviews and "A" CinemaScore. But it's also a movie that likely appeals most to older and more female audiences that have been slowest to return to theaters at this point in the COVID pandemic/endemic, so news about the Omicron variant is probably what kills or saves this movie. Encanto places with 9.42MM on a leggy 28 percent drop, as family fare contines to bring folks to the theater. Ghostbusters: Afterlife shows with 7.1MM on a 38 percent drop as its crossed the 100MM mark during the week.
THE GOLDEN GLOBES have been condemned by Hollywood, but people are still quiety tyring to win them.
NAOMIE HARRIS (of the Bond films) claims she was groped by an A-list star during an audition.
AARON SORKIN defended Succession star Jeremy Strong, whose reportedly intense acting process was recently detailed in a lengthy profile for The New Yorker.
KEANU REEVES has thoughts on VR lomemaking.
HOOK TURNS 30, with retrospectives at The AV Club and Paste.
TITANIC: Did Jack and Rose sink the ship?
ANNE RICE, the best-selling author whose gothic tomes included “Interview with the Vampire,” has died, her son said Sunday.
SIX KOMODO DRAGONS have hatched at the Bronx Zoo.
CATS & DOGS, living together...
WHERE your missing things went.
TINY DOG vs Mountain Lion.
MAN ATTACKED by a gang of otters.
A FRIENDLY, FOUL-MOUTHED CROW befreinds an entire school.