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The Tuesday between.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, December 28, 2021 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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ALEX CHILTON: Let's enjoy the Box Tops' "The Letter" and Big Star's "In The Street" for the final Twofer Tuesday of 2021.

CURTIS HARDING plays KEXP.

JOSH RITTER, Live at the Sheen Center.

UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA shares “SB-09.”

SEA POWER shares "Lakeland Echo."

 

PATTI SMITH was given the key to the city of New York. She and Lenny played a bit also.

MITSKI Had to Quit Music to Love It.

THE 40 BEST ROCK ALBUMS of 2021, according to Paste.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at P.M. Dawn's spacey "Set Adrift On Memory Bliss."

 

THE BATMAN drops a third trailer online.

KANYE WEST buys a house across the street from Kim Kardashian.

THE VIEW struggles to replace Meghan McCain.

JEAN-MARC VALLEE, who helmed the 2013 drama "Dallas Buyers Club," died Sunday near Quebec City, Canada. He was 58 years old.

THE MATRIX RESURRECTIONS: The Anti-Sequel Sequel.

THE BEST MOVIES of 2021, according to Uproxx.

 

WHAT a Wonderful World.

DON'T mock the goat.

DRONE FOOTAGE of sharks swimming through a massive school of fish near Bridgehampton, New York.

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The post-holiday. The pre-holiday.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, December 27, 2021 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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DAVID BOWIE: Rare footage of "The Jean Genie" from a 1973 performance on Top of the Pops.

PERFUME GENIUS played KEXP.

HISS GOLDEN MESSENGER visted World Cafe.

BONO sang "Running To Stand Still" in this year's Simon Christmas Eve Busk.

EVERY BEATLES SONG, ranked at NME.

NEIL YOUNG is sharing the "lost" Summer Songs album with subscribers to his archives.

LADBABY claimed the UK's Christmas number one singlewith "Sausage Rolls."

WANDA YOUNG, one of the lead singers of the Marvelettes, the girl group whose 1961 song “Please Mr. Postman,” recorded when they were teenagers, was Motown’s first No. 1 hit, died on Dec. 15 in Garden City, Mich. She was 78.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at: Karyn White's dance-funk hit "Romantic"; Prince's final chart-topper, the elegant blues-rock strut "Cream"; and Michael Bolton's wretched remake of "When A Man Loves A Woman."

 

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Spider-Man: No Way Home continued to dominate the chart with a 5-day haul of 149.4MM, and crossed 1 Billion worldwide. On a 3-day basis it was down 65 percent, but that's to be expected afer its mammoth debut weekend.  Sing 2 opened in the second slot witha 5-day total of 41MM.  And Matrix Resurrections placed with 24MM, which should be viewed in light of the competition from Spidey, the fact that it's also streaming on HBOMax, and its general lack of quality.

FOR YOUR CONSIDERATON:  Spider-Man: No Way Home?

CHRIS NOTH: A fourth woman has accused the Sex And The City actor of sexual abuse and threatening to ruin her career if she spoke out about the alleged incident.

JAMES FRANCO spoke about the sexual misconduct allegations detailed in the Los Angeles Times in 2018, and subsequently in a 2019 lawsuit targeting his acting school. His accusers call him insensitive.

MY TRAUMATIZING YEARS with Bryan Singer.

ALICIA WITT's parents were found dead inside their Massachusetts home by police.

THE TEN (OR SO) BEST FILMS of 2021, according to Sonny Bunch.

JOAN DIDION, whose mordant dispatches on California culture and the chaos of the 1960s established her as a leading exponent of the New Journalism, and whose novels “Play It as It Lays” and “A Book of Common Prayer” proclaimed the arrival of a tough, terse, distinctive voice in American fiction, died on Thursday at her home in Manhattan. She was 87.

 

THE CORGI Express.

A PACK OF WOLVES reunites with the woman who took care of them when they were cubs.

A CAT, stepping carefully.

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Sleighing into Christmas like...   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, December 21, 2021 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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THE CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY STARTS HERE:

... with CHRIS ISAAK, live at Universal Studios. Your holiday-themed numbers include "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," "Hey, Santa," "Last Month of the Year," "Blue Christmas," and "Christmas on TV." Bonus: Dreidel banter!

THE CURRENT has a holiday-themed stream.

LIT UP LIKE A CHRISTMAS TREE, Vols. 1 & 2:  A Vintage Holiday Mixtape.

CHRISTMAS JAMBREE:  A Vintage Jamaican Yuletide Mixtape.

A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS:  Mental Floss has "The Real Story Behind A Charlie Brown Christmas (and why it almost wasn't shown)." There's more reflection at Aquarium Drunkard. The WaPo has reflections from producer-director Lee Mendelson.  And Caitlin Flanagan asks what gives the special its power.

DARLENE LOVE & RONNIE SPECTOR duet on "Sleigh Ride" and "Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree."

THE POGUES:  It's not Christmas Eve in the drunk tank (or even St. Patrick's Day) without a "Fairytale of New York."  From 2012, here's the backstory. And at The Week, Michael B. Dougherty argues that it's the greatest Christmas song of all time. NME has 25 Things you didn't know about the tale.

ANTON BARBEAU, an occasional collaborator of the late Scott Miller, crafted his own "Xmas Song."

THE 10 BEST PUNK CHRISTMAS SONGS, according to L.A. Weekly.

35 ALTERNATIVE HOLIDAY SONGS, courtesy of NME.

THE BEST AND WORST CHRISTMAS COVERS of 2018, according to NME.

NORAD will be tracking Santa, per usual. CNET has a history and behind-the scenes story.

THE 50 BEST HOLIDAY SONGS, according to The Ringer.

THE 25 BEST CHRISTMAS ALBUMS, according to Complex. BONUS: The L.A. Times rounds up the Merry and the Meh, including the evolving Christmas Time Again, by The dB's and Friends.

15 BIZARRE CHRISTMAS ALBUMS, courtesy of Mental Floss.

THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY of Christmas Songs.

2021's BEST HOLIDAY MUSIC, according to The AV Club. ALSO: The Best and Worst, ranked by NME.

EIGHT HOURS of vintage department store holiday music.

BILLY MACK: Because "Christmas Is All Around."  ALSO: Is Love Actually is an awful movie? Or a rom-com masterpiece? PLUS: We now know for sure what happened to Harry and Karen.

THE FLAMING LIPS perform "White Christmas" as only they can.

WHITE CHRISTMAS: A Snapshot Of The Most Successful Song In Music History.

SUPER FURRY ANIMALS: "The Gift That Keeps Giving."  Not to be confused with "The Gift," which is not Christmasey at all.

THE COURTEENEERS drop a video for "Winter Wonderland" that's not that Winter Wonderland.

CALEXICO: Speaking of presents, here's their "Gift X-Change."

THE MUPPETS: "Ringing of the Bells." Not to be confused with Super Furry Animals.

MICHAEL CAINE looks back at The Muppet Christmas Carol.

EMMET OTTER's JUG BAND CHRISTMAS Soundtrack.

AN XMAS FLASH MOB from the Berklee College of Music broke out into an impromptu performance of the classic Christmas carol “O Holy Night” at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts.

GLAM XMAS:  I started the month with Wizzard's awesome "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day" and Slade's "Merry Christmas Everybody" (1973's UK Xmas No. 1). The circle is now complete.

LADBABY is trying to get "Sausage Rolls" to the Christmas Number One, with help from Elton John and Ed Sheeran.

HALL & OATES: "Jingle Bell Rock," reduced to its molten kitchy essense.

THE MOST COVERED CHRISTMAS SONGS, according to FiveThirtyEight.

16 WEIRD FACTS About Big Christmas Hits.

MARIAH CAREY's “All I Want For Christmas Is You” threepeats atop the chart.

WHY Are There No New Christmas Songs

HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS, online. Also, a 5-year-old called 911 on the Grinch.

DAVID BOWIE & BING CROSBY'S cross-generational duet o­n "Little Drummer Boy." This historic event was recreated by Will Farrell and John C. Reilly. Plus, Jack Black and Jason Segel have done a cartoon cover

THE YEAR WITHOUT A SANTA CLAUS:  Many people believe human activity is causing global warming.  I blame Snow Miser and Heat Miser.

CHICAGO CHRISTMAS MEMORIES:  If you grew up in Chicago (and I suspect other places), the season is not complete without watching the short cartoons of "Hardrock, Coco & Joe" (a story fantastic, a story so queer), "Suzy Snowflake" and the jazzy version of "Frosty the Snowman."

THE BEATLES fan club messages, complete.  And the strange story behind the bootleg albums.

A CHRISTMAS GIFT FOR YOU...FROM PHIL SPECTOR: Essayed by Aquarium Drunkard and NME.

THE TRON 1982 HOLIDAY SPECIAL, courtesy of Funny Or Die.

T. REXMAS is available for download.

THE SEX PISTOLS & THIN LIZZY played "A Merry Jingle" for Top of the Pops.  BONUS: The Pistols' final UK show was a Christmas benefit.

IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE: Pate even had a song titled "Rope Around The Moon." BONUS: Vintage Bailey backlash from warped, frustrated old people at FEE, the New York Times and Portfolio. DOUBLE-BONUS: 22 TV variations on It's A Wonderful Life.

RUDOLPH, THE RED-NOSED REINDEER:  Pull up an ice block and lend an ear!  Herbie wanted to be a dentistNTTAWWT.  BONUS:  The Rankin-Bass classic continues to inspire ads like 2009's Verizon ad, following 2008's Apple ad, even more so 2007's AFLAC commercial, and AT & T bringing in Rudolph, Bumble, and Santa for 2015.BONUS: NPR has a piece on the original manuscript.  DOUBLE BONUS: Don't Subject Your Kids to Rudolph.

FESTIVUS:  For the rest of us.  Technically already started, so I can be one of your grievances.

SCARY GHOST STORIES: I overheard Andy Williams crooning "The Most Wonderful Time of the Year" in a store a few years back, and the lyric about "scary ghost stories" never really struck me before.  Took me a second, but I supposed he was referring to Dickens.  It turns out -- as noted by a coworker -- that this was a thing in Victorian England...  and the modern day. BONUS: Krampus, which has now inspired a major motion picture, and a Nativity set. DOUBLE BONUS: NME rounds up 10 Deliciously Scary Christmas Movies. TRIPLE BONUS: 18 Killer Santas From Film and TV.

LIAM NEESON auditions as a mall Santa.

TEN UNFORGETTABLE Musical Christmas Moments On Film.

THE 30 BEST CHRISTMAS MOVIES, according to Empire magazine.

WHAT YOUR FAVE CHRISTMAS MOVIE Says About You.

FIVE REASONS Why Die Hard is a Christmas movie, not including the ornament.

HOME ALONE: Did Kevin McCallister grow up to become the Jigsaw Killer?

THE ICE HARVEST is a Christmas movie?

DRECK THE HALLS: A Holiday TV Specials Retrospective.

23 TV EPISODES based on "A Christmas Carol."

A CHRISTMAS HAM: CNN's Mary Katherine Ham and Commentary's John Podhoretz break down the Hallmark Christmas movie genre.

NAT KING COLE:  His chestnuts are roasting.

MAYMO THE BEAGLE gets 210 bottles for Christmas.

THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS, as told by cats.

27 DOGS That Do Christmas Better Than You Do Christmas.

17 WEINER DOGS make the perfect Christmas photo.

THE DOGGO who stole Christmas.

29 CATS Trying To Figure Out This Whole Christmas Thing.

A SHETLAND PONY in a Christmas foursie.

CHRISTMAS ON CHRISTMAS ISLAND involves millions of crabs.

AN AUSTRALIAN FAMILY shot into the Guinness Book of Records in 2011 after decorating their home with an astonishing 331038 Christmas lights. If the video at the link doesn't work, try this one.

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The Monday after Spider-Man Saved Hollywood.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, December 20, 2021 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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EURYTHMICS'. Dave Stewart declares "Christmas is For Lovers".

NEW RELEASES: None this holiday week.

ELVIS COSTELLO picked influential songs for Theft of the Dial.

THE SUBURBS share "Social Style Lush."

SLEAFORD MODS cover Yazoo's "Don't Go."

HOW JIM MORRISON's final sessions with the Doors produced an L.A. classic out of chaos.

DAVID BOWIE: The long tail of Hunky Dory.

ROD STEWART and his son plead guilty to battery in 2019 Florida altercation case.

ROSALIE TROMBLEY, who as music director for CKLW furthered the careers of Alice Cooper, Bob Seger, the Temptations and many others, has passed at 82.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Mariah Carey's "Emotions," a disco-house jam full of insane high notes.

 

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Spider-Man: No Way Home debuts with a chart-busting 253MM domestic; that's the best December domestic opening, best ever for Sony, 3rd best ever among all films beating 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens domestic opening.  It has a rare A+ CinemaScore and little competition for weeks. Spidey's world-wide web netted 587.2MM without China. Encanto remains in the second slot with another 6.5MM.  Spielberg's West Side Story skids into third with 3.4MM on a dreadful 68 percent drop.

CHRIS NOTH faces a third accusation of sexual assault.

SAM WATERSTON is returning to "Law & Order." 

OSCAR ISSAC, on how ‘Inside Llewyn Davis' led to ‘Star Wars' and more.

OLIVIA MUNN & JOHN MULLANEY welcomed a baby boy.

JENNIFER LOPEZ says she's not mad at Ben Affleck's comments about his marriage  to Jennifer Garner.

JACLYN SMITH has a portrait in her attic.

THE BATMAN: Robert Pattinson's take on Bruce Wayne is isnpired by... Kurt Cobain?

PAUL THOMAS ANDERSON's feature films, ranked at Uproxx.

 

A DOGGO referees a dispute over the remote.

A DEER, scoring a goal and celebrating.

A HUNTSMAN SPIDER interrupts an Australian Covid press briefing.

A PELICAN intrudes on the picnic.

MISSION IMPOSSIBLE, with crab.

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Elton John, and Friday.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, December 17, 2021 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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THE WEEKEND STARTS HERE:

...with ELTON JOHN! Half of a live show captured by the OGWT on Christmas Eve, 1974.  Your setlist includes: "Grimsby" (incomplete), "Rocket Man," "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road," "Daniel," Grey Seal,"  "Bennie And The Jets," "I Saw Her Standing There," "Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me," "Honky Cat," "Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting," "Crocodile Rock," "The B^tch Is Back," "Your Song," and "White Christmas."

PINK FLOYD is streaming a dozen live albums documenting some of their gigs from the early ’70s.

THE FELICE BROTHERS play World Cafe.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED on the best songs and albums we missed in 2021.

 

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN sold his masters and publishing rights to Sony for 500MM.

JAPANESE BREAKFAST: Michelle Zauner On Her Wild Year And Winning The 2021 Uproxx Music Critics Poll.

THE TOP 25 EPs OF 2021, according to Paste.

IN MEMORIAM: The bands that broke up in 2021.

 

CHRIS NOTH is accused of sexual assault by two women.

CHRIS PRATT & KATHERINE SCHWARZENEGGER are expecting a second child.

KIM KARDASHIAN on beauty, fame, Kanye, criminal justice reform, and much more. Not your typical celeb interview.

JENNIFER LOPEZ is among those mad at Ben Affleck seemingly blaming Jennifer Garner for his alcoholism. He's doing damage control.

ALEC BALDWIN's phone is sought by the police.

CARRIE-ANNE MOSS Loves Trinity.

THE LOST CITY has a trailer online.

HOW I MET YOUR FATHER has a trailer online.

 

A DOGGO, moving four tires with one bite.

ANOTHER DOGGO, selecting his Christmas tree.

A GIRL and her doggo.

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