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Cactus Blossoms, Budos Band, All Songs, Pupsicle.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, August 22, 2019 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE TEMPTATIONS: "I Can't Get Next To You."


THE BUDOS BAND also visits KEXP.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: New tracks from Big Thief, Brittany Howard, Shannon Lay, and more.

FITTED: Mike Watt joins members of Wire on "Training Pit Bulls For The Navy."

that dog. share their first single in 22 years, "If You Just Didn't Do It."

THOM YORKE & FLEA re-team on "Daily Battles."


STURGILL SIMPSON shares a video for "Sing Along," from his next LP and anime film. Really.

THE XX look back on Baria Qureshi leaving the band.

LOWER DENS: The Aquarium Drunkard interview.

NOTES ON POP: On Breakups.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Diana Ross' "Theme From Mahogany (Do You Know Where You're Going To)."


BOMBSHELL has a trailer online and man does Charlize Theron look like Megyn Kelly.

LIAM HEMSWORTH & MILEY CYRUS are putting out their competing narratives about their divorce.

LORI LAUGHLIN is now looking for a plea deal in the college admissions scandal.

PRINCE ANDREW flew on Jeffrey Epstein’s private jet with a teen ‘sex slave.’

MARTIN FREEMAN on Finding Joy, His Love For Breakfast Burritos, And The MCU Timeline.

THE MANDALORIAN: Jon Favreau talks about exploring the freakier side of Star Wars.

KANYE WEST's Star Wars-looking housing project may have to be torn down after the rapper failed to secure the correct permits.

MARTIN SCORSESE finds himself in the crossfire of the so-called streaming wars.


PUPS enjoy a pupsicle.

ORANGE TABBY Stops, Drops and Rolls Whenever He Hears the Word 'Spaghetti'

IS IT A BIRD, or a muppet?

COYOTE PUP helped by a guy with thick chicago accent.

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Midland, Josh Rouse, Lillie Mae, Spider-Man, The Matrix, Kinkajou   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, August 21, 2019 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


JONATHAN RICHMAN gives a live take on "Roadrunner" at Joey Ramone's 1998 birthday party.

MIDLAND advance streams Let It Roll.

JOSH ROUSE plays the Mountain Stage.

LILLIE MAE visits the Paste studio.

TWIN PEAKS shares "Ferry Song."


KIM GORDON shares a video for "Sketch Artist."

THE HOLD STEADY: Craig Finn talks to the Chicago Sun-Times about the band's "supercharged" upcoming LP.

CAPTAIN BEEFHEART: Trout Mask Replica turns 50.

THE 30 BEST FILMS ABOUT MUSIC, selected by musicians.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Barry Manilow's cheeseball epic, "I Write The Songs."


SPIDER-MAN is out of the MCU!

THE MATRIX 4 is officially a Go, with Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss reprising their roles as Neo and Trinity, and Lana Wachowski set to write and direct.

BOND 25 has a title.

STARDUST: The David Bowie pic releases a pic.

MILEY CYRUS was “basically having sex” with Carter, at Soho House in West Hollywood on Friday.

LARRY KING decided to end his marriage to his 7th wife after 22 years.

JEFFREY EPSTEIN and his web of associates repeatedly arranged for sexual trysts with at least two girls, including one he met when she 17, while on "work release" from jail.

MATTHEW MODINE's supporters "deplore the politics of personal destruction” waged against him in the SAG-AFTRA presidential contest.

THE WRITERS' GUILD dropped their lawsuit against the Big 4 talent agencies, and have answered and filed counter-claims in the federal antitrust case three agencies filed against the guild.


THE OSCAR for best death or dying by a duck goes to...

A FEISTY, FRUIT-LOVING KINKAJOU fought its way into a Florida home and bit a man's feet in July.

THE VIRGINIA ZOO shares pics of baby red pandas.

PLAGUE-INFECTED PRAIRIE DOGS shut down part of a Colorado wildlife refuge.

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Baby Rose, Swervedriver, Hayes Carll, Goats   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, August 20, 2019 - 08:00 AM
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THE RASPBERRIES crush "Go All The Way" and "I Wanna Be With You" for Twofer Tuesday.

BABY ROSE advance streams To Myself.



SHEER MAG shares "The Killer."


SCREAMING FEMALES mad an infomercial for their upcoming singles /  rarities comp.

DAVID BERMAN's songwriting evolution is essayed at SPIN.

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN's Western Stars movie has a trailer online.

RIDE takes DIY on a track-by-track tour of their new LP.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at C.W. McCall's random, fascinating trucker-country novelty "Convoy."


DWAYNE "THE ROCK" JOHNSON and longtime girlfriend Lauren Hashian tied the knot in Hawaii over the weekend.

KATIE HOLMES & JAMIE FOXX break up after six years together.

RAMI MALEK is profiled at GQ.

JEFFREY EPSTEIN was sent three 12-year-old French girls as a ‘birthday gift.’

BRADLEY COOPER did not have a romantic getaway with Lady Gaga.

JASOM MOMOA confirmed the "Snyder cut" of Justice League is "sick."

JOAQUIN PHOENIX on the inspiration behind his laugh for Joker.

THE HUNT's director hopes the controversial political thriller will eventually be seen by audiences, and argues that its message has been misrepresented in media reports.


RUSH HOUR: Oh no, the goats got out.

"MY BOSS was gone one day so I put his dog’s bed in my office so he wasn’t lonely and now every morning this happens."

 A CAT encounters durian for the first time.

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Amanda Shires, Beirut, Oso Oso, Shelter Doggo   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, August 19, 2019 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


SEALS & CROFT: "Summer Breeze."

AMANDA SHIRES visits The Current.

BEIRUT visits World Cafe.

OSO OSO streams basking in the glow.

LIAM GALLAGHER shares "One of Us."


DVAE GROHL & RICK ASTLEY, together again. At the Moth Club.

BAT FOR LASHES: Natasha Khan on her ambition to direct a horror film and the influence of California on her new record.

LED ZEPPELIN, backed by the Department of Justice.

PORTISHEAD's Geoff Barrow discusses how he learned to score films, and more.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at the Bay City Rollers' bubblegum glam-rock chant-along "Saturday Night."


WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Good Boys tops the chart with 21MM, far surpassing gurus' estimates of 12-15MM and (iirc) the best original comedy opening of the year.  Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw places 14.1MM on a 44 percent drop; it's still doing far better overseas, so it the next F & F does well, we'll probably get another one of these.  The Lion King shows with 11.9MM on a 41 percent drop as it creeps up on 500MM domestic.  The Angry Birds Movie 2 debuts in the fourth slot with 10.5MM and 16.2MM since its Tuesday opening; that larger figure is less than half of its predecessor, despite better reviews, so ouch.  Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark rounds out the Top Five with 10MM on a 52 percent drop. Below the fold were three major new releases: 47 Meters Down: Uncaged, Blinded by the Light, and Where'd You Go, Bernadette. None had a large budget, but still a bit ouchy.

PETER FONDA, the tall, lanky actor who became a star and a counterculture sex symbol in the film Easy Rider, carrying on the Hollywood dynasty begun by his father, Henry Fonda, died Friday in Los Angeles. He was 79. He was also the subject of a Beatles song.

RICHARD WILLIAMS, reknowned animator best known for his work on Who Framed Roger Rabbit, died Friday at his home in Bristol, England.

HEATHER LOCKLEAR was sentenced to 30 days in a residential mental health facility in a case involving an assault on a cop.


GEORGE R.R. MARTIIN says HBO's Game of Thrones completely changed his life, but not wholly for the better.

LEONARD BERNSTEIN met and fell in love with a young Japanese fan on tour and their romance lasted until his death.

HE-MAN: MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE is getting a sequel series from... Kevin Smith.


CLEAR THE SHELTERS happened last weekend; here's a doggo getting adopted.

TIK TOK: Mr. Sandman.

DOZENS OF VOMITING, DEFECATING BLACK VULTURES have overtaken a New York couple's luxury Florida vacation house, tearing up screens and attacking cars with their beaks.

AN ALLIGATOR climbs the fence at the Naval Air Station in Jacksonville.

SERVICE DOGS in training took in a performance of Billy Elliot.

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Elvis Presley, Woodstock at 50, Strand of Oaks, Elephants   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, August 16, 2019 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



with ELVIS PRESLEY! The King died on August 16, 1977, but remains a global pop phenomenon, so it's worth a recap of highlights from his legendary career.  For the 30th anniversary, Canada's Star-Phoenix, discussing ten important parts of Elvis history worth reliving, noted: "His was a sequined coat of many colours: '50s Greaser Elvis. Military Elvis. Hollywood Elvis. Aloha from Hawaii Elvis. Vegas Elvis. And, ultimately, Dead Fat Elvis."  The BBC had friend and aide Sonny West recall life with The King. 

ACTION NEWS 5 still has its local coverage from Aug. 16-17, 1977 (here, here, here and here) on the Tube, where you can also see funeral footage from the UK.  Here's read the obit that ran the next day in the Washington Post. Elvis Presley News recaps the international headlines from the event and links to the eulogy at his funeral. On a happier note, check out what is likely the first footage taken of Elvis, with backstage shots of Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash and Buddy Holly in 1955; shades of Walk The Line!  Let's start with his performance of "Hound Dog" o­n The Milton Berle Show six months later, not o­nly because it's historic, but also because Paul Miller and I often reached for it when we would stumble into our KUSR shift at the last minute -- on the broadcast, Uncle Miltie vamped for awhile, which gave us time to pull records for the show.  He was also iconic in "Jailhouse Rock" that year.  Elvis sang a mashup of "Love Me Tender" and "Witchcraft" with Frank Sinatra when he got back from the Army.  All of his movies -- such as "Viva Las Vegas" --made money, but his musical career stalled in the 1960s until he electrified and charmed the public with his televised '68 Comeback Special (Parts One, Two, Three, Four).  1970 finds him singing "In The Ghetto" and "Suspicious Minds" in the jumpsuit, though pre-bloated.  I'm going to throw in "Little Sister" just 'cause I like it.  Sadly, in a few short years, bloated jumpuit Elvis would be delivering a wacked-out take on "Are You Lonesome Tonight?" -- though to be fair, this audio-only version from 1969 is even more demented and he knows it.  I would rather remember Jumpsuit Elvis for the signature horns that open "See See Rider."  a tribute to his enduring legacy as the fact that he could hit the charts decades after his death with a remix of "A Little Less Conversation," a video subtly recalling "Jailhouse Rock," and Paul Oakenfold's remix of "Rubberneckin'"The King may be gone, but the brand lives on, making millions and recruiting new fans under the watchful eyes of Elvis Presley Enterprises and CKX, Inc.

GREETINGS FROM GRACELAND:  It must be said, however, that Elvis Presley Enterprises did not have a good handle on the King's affairs in the years immediately following his death.  Chicago radio personalities Steve Dahl and Garry Meier won a local emmy for their 1981 comedic look at what was then a very seedy exploitation of Elvis in Memphis. (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7.)

MOJO NIXON & SKID ROPER: "Elvis Is Everywhere."


PETE YORN visits Morning Becomes Eclectic.

THE RUSSIAN FUTURISTS share a sampledelic EP/mixtape called Reality Burger With A Side Of Life.

JEREMY IVEY & MARGO PRICE share "Greyhound."

ROBBIE ROBERTSON shares “Let Love Reign.”

ANDREW COMBS shares "Born Without a Clue."

WOODSTOCK: On Aug. 15-17, 1969, hundreds of thousands of people gathered in a lovely natural amphitheater in Bethel (not Woodstock), NY for "three days of peace and music," including sets from Crosby, Stills and NashThe Who, Santana, Joe Cocker, Jefferson AirplaneArlo Guthrie, Canned HeatJimi Hendrix, and the proverbial many more. BONUS: The New York Times has extensive 50th anniversary coverage. EXTRA BONUS: Woodstock skepticism from NBC News, BuzzFeedNews, and The Federalist. TRIPLE BONUS: An assessment of Creedence Clearwater Revival's largely forgotten set. QUADRUPLE BONUS: WXPN is live-streaming Woodstock as it unfolded.

REDD KROSS: "Courtney Love blacklisted us!"

JASON ISBELL and... Barry Gibb?

BON IVER: Justin Vernon rambles for Pitchfork.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at the Staple Singers' Curtis Mayfield-produced sex-gospel reverie "Let's Do It Again."

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases include The Angry Birds Movie 2, which is currently scoring 72 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; Good Boys, which is currently at 81 percent; 47 Meters Down: Uncaged, currently scoring 57 percent; Where'd You Go, Bernadette, scoring 48 percent; and Blinded by the Light, scoring 91 percent.

DALE EARNHARDT JR and his wife survived a fiery plane crash.

KALEY CUOCO does not live with her husband.

OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN shares a health update following her Stage 4 cancer diagnosis.

BEVERLY HILLS 90210's surprising salaries.

NETFLIX: Do the streamer's big deals carry a cost for viewers?


COMEDY IN THE '90s: Wayne's World helped launch a golden age of funny movies.

SHARKS: The Definitive Ranking?

AN ELEPHANT and her baby.

A FLORIDA WOMAN pulled a small alligator from her yoga pants during a traffic stop.

JUMPING WORMS invade Illinois.

A GOAT was not down for a selfie.

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