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Tuesday, like wading into the deep end.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, September 07, 2021 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE SUPREMES perform "You Keep Me Hangin' On" and "Somewhere" from West Side Story in October 1966 for Twofer Tuesday.

NEW RELEASES: aste points to Jail Socks, Motorists, Pearl & The Oysters, and more.

BILL'S INDIE BASEMENT has SUUNS, Meatbodies, Julian Cope, and more.

ABBA returns with "I Still Have Faith In You."

STRAND OF OAKS shares “Somewhere In Chicago.”

THE BESNARD LAKES shares "Superego."

WHAT ROCK FANS don't want to admit.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at "Opposites Attract," Paula Abdul's timeless duet with horny rapping cartoon animal MC Skat Kat, and Janet Jackson's dizzy, crushed-out banger "Escapade." 


WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Shang-Chi and the Legend of Ten Rings dominates the chart with a 3-day take of 75.5MM and 5-day take of 90MM, a record for the normally dead Labor Day weekend.  It also ticked up big from Friday to Saturday and almost matched the Saturday number on Sunday, generally the oppoiste of Black Widow and most other movies during the pandemic.  Given the delta variant, it's a tribute to the theatrical release-only decision and good word of mouth.  Candyman places with 102MM over the tree day on a 53 percent drop.  Free Guy showed with a 8.78MM 3-day take on a leggy 34 percent drop.

MICHAEL K. WILLIAMS, who memorably portrayed Omar Little in "The Wire" and Chalky White in "Boardwalk Empire," has died at age 54.

HOW DISNEY & SCARLETT JOHANSSON Reached the Point of No Return.

ANGELINA JOLIE is addressing allegations of abuse she’s made against Brad Pitt amid their custody battle and is speaking out about his decision to work with the convicted rapist and former movie producer Harvey Weinstein following an encounter in the ’90s she now says was “beyond a pass.”

PHOEBE WALLER-BRIDGE has exited Amazon's series adapatation of Mr. & Mrs. Smith after creative differences with Donald Glover.

WILLARD SCOTT, the antic longtime weather forecaster on the “Today” show, whose work, by his own cheerful acknowledgment, made it clear that you don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows, died on Saturday at his farm in Delaplane, Va. He was 87.

THE ACCOUNTANT is finally getting a sequel.

IN PRAISE OF MOVIES THAT JUST END (Because They Used To Know When To End).

DUNE has mixed early reviews.


A FEISTY KANGAROO practices boxing with a garden swing.

A GREAT BLUE HERON feasts on a rat in Central Park.

A DOOGO scores from a free kick in Chile.

BEARS, having a spat.

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Cheap Trick and going into Labor (Day) early.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, September 02, 2021 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with CHEAP TRICK, live at ChicagoFest '81! Can you honestly tell me you forgot? Forgot the magnetism of Robin Zander, or the charisma of Rick Nielsen? Your set list includes: "Stop This Game," Hello There," "I Want You to Want Me," "On Top of the World," "Reach Out," "Baby Loves to Rock," "Gonna Raise Hell," "Dream Police," "Ain't That a Shame," "Surrender," "Just Got Back," "Day Tripper" and "Goodnight." You can access the individual songs from the link, or let the whole thing roll.


THE STAVES play a Tiny Desk Concert from Home.

DAVID BYRNE shares a playlist of songs that make him cry.

THE PSYCHEDELIC FURS share "Evergreen."

ANDY SCHAUF shares “Spanish On The Beach.”


THE DOORS Hear the demo for "Riders On The Storm."


DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS: Read an excerpt of Stephen Deusner’s Where the Devil Don’t Stay.

WILCO: The Genius of Yankee Hotel Foxtrot.

DAVID BOWIE's Life Lessons.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Michael Bolton's garbage ballad "How Am I Supposed To Live Without You," which happens to be the first #1 hit of the '90s.


KANYE WEST cheated on Kim Kardashian after she welcomed her first two kids — and is the inspiration for his new song “Hurricane.”

BRITNEY SPEARS will not face battery charges based on allegations involving her housekeeper.

TOM HOLLAND honors ZENDAYA on her birthday.

BRAD PITT is challenging Angelina Jolie's recent win in their child custody case.

TOP GUN: MAVERICK and MISSION IMPOSSIBLE 7 are being delayed (again) over COVID concerns.

FURIOSA: How Anya Taylor-Joy got cast in the Mad Max prequel.

SISKEL & EBERT: Their lasting legacy, in all forms of media.


A BABY RACCOON wants to be involved.

A CAPYBARA, babysitting baby Huskies.

A LYREBIRD, mimicking the ambient sounds of his zoo.


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September already?   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, September 01, 2021 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


EARTH WIND & FIRE: The fish, the barrel, the smoking gun.

FUNKADELIC: Bootsy's first show, Live in Boston, 1972. (follow the first link).

DURAN DURAN shares "Anniversary."

JOHNNY MARR shares "Spirit Power and Soul."

THE QUEERS cover The Monkees' "Valleri."

KILL ROCK STARS: An Oral History.

GENE SIMMONS tests positive for COVID.

BONNAROO is cancelled, due to flooding.


JEOPARDY: Mike Richards is out as executive producer (of Wheel of Fortune too).

BRITNEY SPEARS says her dad is trying to extort her on his way of the conservatorship.

MEGXIT: Palace staffers rescing their bullying complaint against Meghan.

RACHEL LEIGH COOK is profiled by the New York Times.

MICHAEL GANDOLFINI talks about playing Tony Soprano.

FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA is ready to put a lot of his hard-won chips on the table one more time to make his epic dream project, Megalopolis.

NO TIME TO DIE has a final trailer.


A DOGGO crashes a WFH weather forecast.

LAND DOG meets Sea Dog.

WAIT, did I say stop?

A CORGI joins the pool.

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So yeah... Tuesday.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, August 31, 2021 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


GREASE is the word marking the start of a new school year, with "Summer Nights" and "You're the One That I Want" marking Twofer Tuesday.

JASON ISBELL covers three Rolling Stones songs in tribute to the late Charlie Watts.

DIANE WARREN, mega-pop songwriter, finally put out her own album.


MARGO PRICE joins DAVID FERGUSON on "Chardonnay."

LOW: Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker talk to The Current.

THE VELVET UNDERGROUND: Todd Haynes' documentary has a trailer online.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Phil Collins's poverty lament "Another Day In Paradise," the last chart-topper of the '80s.


R KELLY's first male accuser has taken the stand at the singer's trial in New York, alleging that the star sexually assaulted him as a teenager.

BENNIFER: Affleck directed J-Lo's mom, Lupe Rodriguez, in a new commercial for sports betting app WynnBET. 

JUNGLE CRUISE: A sequel is in the works.

TOM CRUISE demanded VAL KILMER return in Top Gun: Maverick.

JON STEWART is returning to (Apple) TV.

CHRIS EVANS & SCARLETT JOHANSSON are reuniting, also on AppleTV.

LEAVE IT TO BEAVER's Tony Dow was hospitalized with pneumonia.


A SWAMP DEER reportedly escaped its enclosure at the Audubon Zoo during Hurricane Ida.

WALLY THE WALRUS is getting his own pontoon boat to stop incidents like this.

RED PANDAS, tussling.

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Lee Perry, Ron Bushy, and Ed Asner RIP, and Monday Things.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, August 30, 2021 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


DR. HOOK & THE MEDICINE SHOW: "Cover of the Rolling Stone." A fairly deranged live version.

NEW RELEASES: Paste will point you to Big Red Machine, Halsey (and NIN), CHVRCHES, and more.

BILL'S INDIE BASEMENT has The Hawks, Steve Gunn, Supergrass and more.

JACKSON BROWNE visits World Cafe.

COURTNEY BARNETT shares a cover of the Velvet Underground's "I'll Be Your Mirror."

THE EVERLY BROTHERS gave voice to teenage anxiety and longing.

LEE "SCRATCH" PERRY, whose pioneering work with roots reggae and dub opened up profound new depths in Jamaican music, has died aged 85.

RON BUSHY, the longtime drummer of rock band Iron Butterfly, passed away Sunday morning at UCLA Medical Center. He was 79.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Billy Joel's "We Didn't Start The Fire."


WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Candyman tops the chart with 22.4MM, which is solid for a horror film in late August during a pandemic.  Free Guy places with 13.55MM on a seemingly solid 27 percent drop.  Paw Patrol shows with 6.6MM on a 50 percent drop than might be steep for family fare, which has done pretty well even as covid cases have risen.

ED ASNER, the burly character actor who won seven Emmy Awards — five of them for playing the same character, the gruff but lovable newsman Lou Grant, introduced on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” — and later starred in film hits like “Up” and “Elf”<b class="css-8qgvsz ebyp5n10"> — died on Sunday at his home in Tarzana, Calif. He was 91. Here's his final interview.

KIM KARDASHIAN and KANYE WEST aren't calling off their divorce (yet).

BRITNEY SPEARS is under investigation by the Ventura County Sheriff's Department for allegedly striking her housekeeper during a “dispute” last week.

THE SUICIDE SQUAD out-streamed other DC movies in the last year, including Wonder Woman 1984 and the “Snyder cut” of Justice League.

THE KING'S MAN has a trailer online.

JOSEPHINE BAKER will be reinterred at the Panthéon in Paris 46 years after her death.

JAMES CORDEN, unpopular in a rat suit.


A SOLID POINTER in the store.

AUSTRALIAN MOTORISTS stopped to help a black swan and its cygnet get through traffic in Perth.

SPOTTED: Cow at a McDonald's drive-through in Wisconsin.

A FOUR-LEGGED WHALE that lived around 43 million years ago was identified by scientists in Egypt.

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