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It's just another Frantic Friday.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, April 22, 2022 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

THE WEEKEND STARTS HERE:

... with THE BANGLES!  There's no better way to start than with these live takes on "Hero Takes A Fall"  and Kimberley Rew's "Goin' Down To Liverpool" for Dave in 1984. It was that sort of rawk (and the hotness of Susanna Hoffs) that got Prince to give them "Manic Monday," their first mainstream hit, from the A Different Light album, which included Jules Shear's "If She Knew What She Wants," Alex Chilton's "September Gurls," and -- inevitably -- Liam Sternberg's "Walk Like An Egyptian."  Nevertheless, their fondness for the genres of the mid-60s was still evident in their take on Simon & Garfunkel's "Hazy Shade of Winter" for the Less Than Zero soundtrack, and the psych-garage-bubblegum of "In Your Room" on the Everything album, which yielded their final No.1 hit, "Eternal Flame."  The draw from the 60s is a constant I saw them in a club, on a big stage and in a club again -- the last time was at a House of Blues, where they covered the We Five's "You Were On My Mind."  However, I'll confess that I put off featuring the band for about a bit, until the Susanna Hoffs solo cover of Bad Company's "Feel Like Makin' Love" popped back up on the Tube after an absence. That woman knows how to shake her tambourine.

NATION OF LANGUAGE, Live at Rockwood Music Hall.

UNEARTHED, VOL 18: A deep dig into 1992.

AMYL & THE SNIFFERS make their US TV debut.

SPARKS play "This Town Ain’t Big Enough For The Both Of Us" at a public piano at Paris Gare du Nord.

NEKO CASE discusses her new career-spanning compilation and teases upcoming New Pr0nographers music.

KURT VILE, on beating anxiety, hitting arenas and hungering for hits.

CYNTHIA PLASTER CASTER, known for casting the erect phalluses of famous rock musicians like Jimi Hendrix, the Buzzcocks' Pete Shelley, and Dead Kennedys frontman Jello Biafra-has died following a long illness. She was 74 years old.

 

ROBERT MORSE, the Tony Award-winning star of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying who impressed a new legion of fans as the eccentric head of the Sterling Cooper ad agency on Mad Men, died Wednesday. He was 90.  And here's how he went out on Mad Men, as an apparition.

BILL MURRAY is accused of inappropriate conduct, shutting down the production of Being Mortal.

MIKE TYSON repaeatedly punched an irplane passenger in the face.

JOHNNY DEPP: Still testifying.

MEGXIT: Prince Charles is at the end of his rope with Prince Harry and was reluctant to meet with his estranged son in a secret meeting last week, a royal family expert claimed.

LIGHTYEAR has a trailer online.

THE TIME TRAVELER'S WIFE has a trailer online.

JENNIFER GREY says Madonna wrote "Express Yourself" about the actress' breakup with Matthew Broderick.

CNN+: New Coke lasted longer.

STRANGER THINGS creators The Duffer Brothers confirmed that the show will end with season five – but hint that spin-offs are already in the pipeline.

 

HOW TO Wake Up Your Human.

IGGY POP, 75, serenading his bird.

A GREAT POTOO looks like it's straight out of the Muppets.

COWS ON THE LAM in Winston-Salem.

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I could work in a bunch of Thor puns over the next couple months.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, April 21, 2022 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

MARTI JONES & TIM LEE (The Windbreakers) cover The dB's classic, "Neverland." With Beatle Bob cameo.

HAYES CARLL plays Americana Fest.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED features Pink Floyd, Patrick Watson, Sonny Singh, and more.

CAT POWER shares a cover of the Pogues’ “A Pair of Brown Eyes,”with a video directed by Jim Jarmusch.

BARTEES STRANGE shares "Cosigns."

LYKKE LI shares "Highway To Your Heart."

SHARON VAN ETTEN gets a big profile at NME.

THE WAEVE: A new collaboration of Graham Coxon and Rose Elinor Dougall.

PETE DOHERTY announces a memoir.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Toni Braxton's first chart-topper, "You're Makin' Me High."

 

NATALIE PORTMAN shared her Thor: Love And Thunder poster.

A$AP ROCKY was detained on Wednesday at Los Angeles International Airport in connection to a November 2021 shooting.

JOHNNY DEPP Testifies.

AFFLECK & DAMON re-team for the true-life story of former Nike executive Sonny Vaccaro.

NETFLIX is planning to roll out less expensive plans, supported by advertising.

EZRA MILLER: Arrested in Hawaii. Again.

RUST's production company was slapped with a bif fine for its “willful and serious” violation of workplace safety procedure, after an investigation of the fatal shooting of its cinematographer.

JERRY WEST is demanding a retraction and an apology for what he called “a baseless and malicious assault” on his character in the HBO series “Winning Time.”

FELLOW TRAVELERS: The McCarthy era is coming to Showtime.

NICOLAS CAGE & PEDRO PASCAL watch Paddington 2 in The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent.

 

I IMMEDIATELY regret this decision.

A DOGGO waits for its best fried to come home.

A RESCUE DOG won't let go of his dad's hand on the ride to his new home.

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I don't have a bad Wednesday pun handy.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, April 20, 2022 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

JOHNNY NASH: "I Can See Clearly Now." Because I'm hoping for a bright, sunshiney day.

PRINCE's catalog from Parade through Diamonds and Pearls gets three hours of discussion and analysis on Political Beats with guest Eli Lake.

DUCKS LTD. plays KEXP.

ANDREW BIRD shares "Underlands."

GANG OF YOUTHS play "In The Wake Of Your Leave" on Fallon.

RUTH RADELET (ex-Chromatics) shares "Crimes."

SPIRITUALIZED: Jason Pierce on how rock changed his life and Kurt Vonnegut inspired his latest album.

AIMEE MANN & DONALD FAGEN seem to have patched things up.

MOMMA: Ready to be a hosehold name?

THE DELINES, on inding rock 'n' roll fiction in working-class America.

 

MEGXIT: Prince Harry talks to People.

RACHEL ZEGLER  spoke critically to Elle magazine about how her press tour for “West Side Story” was often overtaken by questions regarding Ansel Elgort’s alleged sexual assault.

CANDACE CAMERON BURE is done at the Hallmark Channel?

GREY'S ANATOMY has a writer with an imaginitive past?

BRIDGERTON: Season Two has knocked the show's first season out of the No. 1 slot on Netflix's rankings of its most-popular English language-TV series of all time.

STREAMERS are taking a second look at commercials.

20 YEARS MARRIED: How ‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding' Became a Smash Hit.

A HISTORY of the Kings and Queens of the Rom-Com.

 

AN ELEPHANT, power-lifting.

WRINKLE THE DUCK ran in the Boston Marathon.

A DOGGO with a stick ambition.

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Let's Tues This.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, April 19, 2022 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

YO LA TENGO are captured playing the bouncy "Mr. Tough" and "I Feel Like Going Home" at The Current.  And that, my friends, is Twofer Tuesday.

BIG THIEF plays World Cafe.

DURRY played The Current.

SNAIL MAIL covers Smashing Pumpkins' "Tonight, Tonight."

BEN FOLDS shares "It's The Small Things, Charlie Brown."

FATHER JOHN MISTY's albums, ranked by Paste.

JOHNNY MARR's most important guitars.

JOHN LYDON: Souring further on the Pistols.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Tupac Shakur's only chart-topper, the celebratory and defiant "How Do U Want It."

 

THOR: LOVE AND THUNDER dropped a trailer online.

JOHNNY DEPP will take the stand today.

JULIA ROBERTS Hasn't Changed. But Hollywood Has.

JENNIFER GREY on plastic surgery, Patrick Swayze, former loves, and a Dirty Dancing sequel.

DIANE KRUGER, on surviving the sharks of Hollywood and saving motherhood until her forties.

UNFORGIVEN: Aging Very Gracefully at 30.

BLONDE: Is the Marilyn Monroe biopic "Like ‘Citizen Kane' and ‘Raging Bull' Had a Baby Daughter"?

THE 50 BEST ROM-COMs, if you think almost no movies were made before 1980.

 

WOODY WOLF, like a rocket.

AN ALPACA's first walkies.

A MOMMA RACCOON takes the kids home.

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After the Bunny.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, April 18, 2022 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

STEELY DAN turn in a spirited "Reelin' in the Years" on the Midnight Special.  Fagen reportedly hated this performance, which appears in Almost Famous.

NEW RELEASES: Paste will point you to Kurt Vile, SAULT, Prince Daddy & The Hyena and more

BILL'S INDIE BASEMENT has SAVAK, House of Love, Engineers, and more.

OTIS REDDING has been gone for more than half a century. Zelma Redding's love affair with him - and his with Macon, Ga. - has never ended.

A STANFORD PSYCHOLOGIST Says He's Cracked the Code of One-Hit Wonders.

POP STARS on life after the spotlight moves on.

ART RUPE, whose Specialty Records was a premier label during the formative years of rock ’n roll and helped launch the careers of Little Richard, Sam Cooke and many others, has died. He was 104.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Bone Thugs-N-Harmony's stirring, swirling elegy "Tha Crossroads."

 

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE:  The Secrets of Dumbledore tops the chart with 43MM, but that's a franchise low that should be sounding the siren throughout the Wizarding World.  Sonic the Hedgehog 2 placed with 30MM on a 58 percent drop.  The Lost City shhowed with 6.5MM on a 28 percent drop.  Everything Everywhere All at Once is close behind with 6.1MM, a 1 percent gain as it expanded wide.

THE ROYALS: Prince George and Princess Charlotte are coming to more royal events.

JENNIFER GARNER got surprised by her childhood idol on her birthday.

NICOLAS CAGE sets the record straight with Rolling Stone.

MADS MIKKELSEN on ‘Fantastic Beasts' Casting Chaos, Johnny Depp, JK Rowling and ‘Indy 5.'

GILBERT GOTTFRIED, remembered by Penn Jillette.

LIZ SHERIDAN, famed for playing Jerry Seinfeld’s sitcom mom and telling all about being James Dean’s 1950s lover, has died at the age of 93.

 

CATS & OTTERS, living together...

A DOG WONDERS where the ball went.

A KITTEN's first sunbeam

AN ELEPHANT says thank you after the herd crosses the road.

NEARLY 27 MILLION CHICKENS AND TURKEYS have been killed to stop the spread of bird flu.

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