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Memorial Day Weekend, Alan White, Andy Fletcher, and Ray Liotta RIP.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, May 27, 2022 - 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.



DEF LEPPARD plays the hits for Kimmel.

TEARS FOR FEARS plays "No Small Thing" for Kelly Clarkson.

LIAM GALLAGHER, on crisps, parkas, what he'd say to God, and whether he'd donate a kidney to Noel.

IGGY POP and novelist OTESSA MOSHFEGH discuss raging against the machine, weaponizing established paradigms, and leaving New York for greener pastures.

JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE sold his song catalogue to Hipgnosis Song Management.

DISCORD: The gamers' site has become an intimate place for artists and fans to connect and build community.

ALAN WHITE, longtime drummer for prog rock band Yes, has died at home aged 72 after a short illness.

ANDY FLETCHER, the co-founder and keyboardist of beloved synth-pop and New Wave stalwarts Depeche Mode, died at the age of 60.

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


RAY LIOTTA, the acclaimed actor known for “Goodfellas,” "Something Wild," “Field of Dreams” and many more roles, has died in his sleep at 67.  Many of his memorable roles are surveyed at Rolling Stone and at The Ringer.

TESTIMONY in the Johnny Depp-Amber Heard defamation trial concluded Thursday, with Heard returning to the stand to defend her counterclaim against her former husband.

KEVIN SPACEY has been charged with four counts of sexual assault against three men, Britain's Crown Prosecution Service said on Thursday.

MARILYN MANSON: A civil lawsuit filed by a woman who worked as a personal assistant for Marilyn Manson, has been dismissed based on the statute of limitations.

SPINAL TAP 2: Rob Reiner talks about the sequel at Cannes.

HARRISON FORD congratulated JOHN WILLIAMS on his 90th birthday -- and promoted Indiana Jones 5 -- at Star Wars Celebration.

ANDOR: The Rogue One spin-off has a teaser trailer online.

WILLOW has a teaser trailer online.

JODIE FOSTER is set to star in Season 4 of True Detective.

WINNIE THE POOH: BLOOD AND HONEY has first look photos online.

TOP GUN Is Stupid, Brilliant, Dated, Timeless, and Perfect.

ENCINO MAN: An Oral History.


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 CAT retrieves a red balloon for a child.

A SEAGULL, hitching a ride on a seagull.

WHAT WE HAVE HERE is a failyuh to communicate.

THERE ARE Two Types of Dogs.

HAPPYCOW: Cleaning and delighting the animal.

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Comes a Thursday.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, May 26, 2022 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


JAY & THE AMERICANS "Come a Little Bit Closer" on Thursday.


ADA LEE plays a Tiny Desk Concert.

WYNONNA & WAXAHATCHEE teamed up on “Other Side.”

MOMMY shares "Lucky."

FANNY: The all-female 70s rock band is the subject of a new documentary.

KAREN DALTON and The Overlooked Heroines of '60s Folk.

DEF LEPPARD's Joe Elliot expounded onthe band’s history, from their funniest lyrics to their riskiest endeavors.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Janet Jackson's beautiful, elegiac house track "Together Again."


TOP GUN: MAVERICK is projected to be Tom Cruise's biggest weekend evah.

JOHNNY DEPP was grilled by Amber Heard's lawyers.

JENNIFER COOLIDGE & NATASHA LYONNE reunited in a Vanity Fair interview.

ELVIS: Austin Butler has entered the building.

BEAST: Idris Elba vs a Lion in a new trailer.

BENNIFER: Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck are closer to walking down the aisle than you might think.

SETH GREEN lost four NFTs in a recent phishing scam – including one image from the Bored Ape Yacht Club series that he had been intending to base a new TV show around.

SPEED RACER is headed to a live-action series on AppleTV+.


CATS & DOGS, living together...

A DISNEY-ESQUE true-life adventure.

WAIT FOR IT... I've seen it before but everyone should.

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A lightning-round Wednesday?   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, May 25, 2022 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


FREE: "All Right Now." Wouldn't be Summer without it.

THE DIP plays World Cafe.

PAVEMENT plays their first show in 12 years.

AMANDA SHIRES shares "Hawk For The Dove."

SHEARWATER shares “Laguna Seca.”

TONY MOLINA shares “The Last Time” (not a Stones cover).

RADIOHEAD: Ed O’Brien reflects on 25 years of OK Computer.

THE SEX PISTOLS: The disbanded punks are celebrating the Jubilee, but a reunion looks unlikely.

THE TOP 10 CRAIG FINN SOLO SONGS, according to Paste.

ADDICTED TO STREAMING: A decade under the influence of music algorithms.

AEROSMITH's Steven Tyler checks into rehab again.


TOM CRUISE RUNS. Is He Any Good At It? ALSO: Cruise terrifies James Corden in a fighter jet. ALSO: The cast of Top Gun: Maverick explains what it took to become on-screen pilots.

AMBER HEARD rested her defense Tuesday morning in the defamation case brought by Johnny Depp.

THE GRAY MAN, with Ryan Golsing and Chris Evans, has a trailer online.

BAD BOYS 4 is still in development following reports that it had been halted due to Will Smith’s slapping incident at the Oscars.

CRIMES OF THE FUTURE: David Cronenberg's latest polarizes the Canne Film Festival.

MELANIE LYNSKEY, profiled at Vulture.

GUY FIERI, Elder Statesman of Flavortown.


A PUPPY improvises a Slip n' Slide.

A DOGGO navigates the stairs oddly.

I DON'T KNOW who's more startled.

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Also a post-project weekend Tuesday.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, May 24, 2022 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE RASPBERRIES crush "Go All The Way" and "I Wanna Be With You" for Twofer Tuesday.

PRINCE: His career from 1992-2016 gets three hours of analysis and discussion on Political Beats.

DEL McCOURY visits World Cafe.

PR0NO FOR PYROS, Reunited.

NIGHTLANDS: The War On Drugs side project shares "No Kiss For The Lonely."

SUEDE returns with “She Still Leads Me On.”

SUPERCRUSH shares "Perfect Smile."

SHARON VAN ETTEN: "I don't share 99 percent of my music: sometimes it's too dark."

JULIEN BAKER, on her songwriting journey and touring with a full band.

CRAIG FINN Returns to the Scene.

MOONAGE DAYDREAM, an estate-approved Bowie movie, has a teaser trailer online.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Savage Garden's weightless adult contemporary bubblegum jam "Truly Madly Deeply."


THOR: LOVE AND THUNDER has a trailer online.

MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 7 officially released that trailer.

TOP GUN 2: Tom Cruise's Last Stand?

AQUAMAN was the big topic at the Depp-Heard trial yesterday.

STRANGER THINGS: Season 4 has a final trailer online.

ELVIS: Baz Luhrmann's joint has a second trailer.

CHRIS PRATT & KATHERINE SCHWARZENEGGER welcomed their second child.

MORGAN FREEMAN: Banned from Russia.

HAYDEN CHRISTENSEN, on revisiting Vader.

TIME's 100 Most Influential People.

COLIN CANTWELL, the concept artist who designed iconic Star Wars spacecraft, including the X-wing Starfighter, TIE fighter and Death Star, died Saturday at his Colorado home. He was 90.


A SEAGULL STOLE A PIZZA? Too good to check.

THE JOGGER who attracts squirrels.

CATS love boxes, not paper bags.

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It's a post-weekend-project Monday.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, May 23, 2022 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


DAVID BOWIE: "Modern Love." from the Summer of 1983.

NEW RELEASES: Paste will point you to Craig Finn, Porridge Radio, Cola, and more.

BILL'S INDIE BASEMENT has The Clash, Poster Paints, Weird Nightmare and more.

SPIRAL STAIRS shares  "Pressure Drop [End of the Hurricane]."

LOU BARLOW & COMPANY share “Only Fading” and “Sacrifice.”

MICK JAGGER, on Harry Styles.

JOHN PEEL's personal records and memorabilia is being auctioned, including rare items from John & Yoko, Nirvana, Joy Division, Bowie and more.

BOB NEUWIRTH,  a painter, recording artist and songwriter who also had an impact as a member of Bob Dylan’s inner circle and as a conduit for two of Janis Joplin’s best-known songs, died on Wednesday in Santa Monica, Calif. He was 82.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at the one-off cultural phenomenon of Elton John's "Candle In The Wind 1997."


WEEKEND BOX OFFICE:  Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness threepeats atop the chart with another 31.6MM on a 51 percent drop and looks to top out at 950MM worldwide, which would rank 11th in the MCU, but the second biggest Hollywood movie of the pandemic.  Downton Abbey: A New Era places with a 16MM debut, which is significantly lower than the first movie in this series, yet probably pretty good considering it appeals to an older demo that has been reluctant to return to theaters post-pandemic.  The Bad Guys shows with 6.1MM on a leggy 13 percent drop.  Below the fold, Everything Everywhere All at Once came in sixth with 3.MM on a leggy 6 percent drop, which was enough to make it A24's top earner of all-time with 52.3MM domestic to date.

KOURTNEY KARDASHIAN & TRAVIS BARKER are renting an Italian castle for their wedding.

THREE THOUSAND YEARS OF LONGING, with Idris Elba and Tilda Swinton, has a trailer online.

MISSION IMPOSSIBLE 7's trailer leaked online, but it seems to be scrubbed now.


SAM NEILL & LAURA DERN reflect on the age difference in their Jurassic Park romance.


GLEN POWELL is likely to be in demand after Top Gun: Maverick.


CATS & DOGS, living together...

IF YOU SEE HIM, it's too late.

A GOOSE on a motorcycle.

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