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Continuing on the mend, with some Things   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, May 03, 2018 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

THE ROLLING STONES' take on "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction)" in Charlie Is My Darling would put many Punk bands to shame.

CRAZY HORSE joined NEIL YOUNG in Fresno, their first joint in four years.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED features new tracks from Dirty Projectors, Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, Shannon & The Clams, Jessica Risker, and more.

BRAIDS shares "Collarbones" and "Burdock & Dandelion."

RAY DAVIES shares "Our Country."

BEACH HOUSE shares "Black Car."

WILD PINK sahes "Lake Erie."

 

PARQUET COURTS shares a video for "Mardi Gras Beads."

TANYA DONNELLY surveyed her favorite albums at The Quietus.

JABO STARKS, a drummer steeped in blues whose steady groove became the backbone for many of James Brown's hits (incl “Get Up I Feel Like Being a Sex Machine,” “Super Bad” and “The Payback”), died on Tuesday at his home in Mobile, Ala. He was 79.

QUESTLOVE can't seem to stop adding hyphens to his job title.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Tommy Roe's proto-bubblegum hookfest "Sheila."

 

ANIMAL HOUSE: An Oral History, From Richard Pryor to a Real Melee.

KHLOE KARDASHIAN may be staying in Cleveland.

CATE BLANCHETT talks about Harvey Weinstein, Woody Allen and more.

THE OFFICE: Jenna Fischer finally reveals what Pam said to Michael during their airport goodbye.

MINDY KALING & RICHARD CURTIS are bringing a Four Weddings and a Funeral anthology to Hulu.

ROGER CORMAN sold off his film library in an “incredible win-win” deal that will allow him to make more films in China.

 

BORDER AGENTS came across an abandoned tiger cub.

A VETERINARIAN pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to U.S. charges that he turned puppies into drug couriers for a Colombian trafficking ring by stitching packets of liquid heroin into their bodies.

UNITED AIRLINES will resume shipping pets, but with some breeds barred.

HUMPBACK WHALES are having a baby boom off Antarctica.

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Still healing up, but with Things for you...   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, May 02, 2018 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

THE SMITHEREENS: "Behind The Wall Of Sleep" Live on TheTube, 1987.

DJANGO DJANGO visits Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

LORD HURON stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set,

I'M WITH HER performs at the Virginia Street Church.

REMEMBER SPORTS shares "The 1 Bad Man."

 

KACEY MUSGRAVES shares a video for "Space Cowboy."

DAVID BYRNE made a "Pop Music" playlist: "In my world, certain people look down their noses at pop music. I believe they consider it inauthentic, pandering, manufactured and lacking any intention other than being a “hit”. Much of that is true, but of course there are many exceptions—great songs that speak to their times and also become hits."

WHEN CRITICS COULD KILL: Most musicians still don’t want to talk about it.

GIBSON GUITARS files for bankruptcy protection.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Little Eva's "The Loco-Motion," a dance-craze smash and an example of music-business exploitation.

 

ANT-MAN & THE WASP has a trailer online.

MIRANDA LAMBERT's new boyfriend Evan Felker blindsided his estranged wife Staci Nelson with his sudden divorce filing in mid-February.

KANYE WEST told the TMZ newsroom why he believes slavery is a choice and why he decided to sport his Make America Great Again hat.

AVICII committed suicide with broken glass he used to cut himself.

BLAC CHYNA is pregnant with her 18-year-old rapper boyfriend YBN Almighty Jay's baby, a source tells Page Six.

MARTIN SCORSESE criticized aggregator websites Rotten Tomatoes and CinemaScore — and railed against “the devaluation of cinema itself” — at the Turner Classic Movies film festival.

 

FLYING DOLPHIN takes out standing paddleboarder.

BOSTON RESEARCHERS have reversed aging in mice and that discovery could set the stage for similar results in humans.

PELICANS crash a graduation ceremony in Cali.

A MASSIVE GATOR was caught after crossing a highway in Texas.

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Still working with a bum flipper. But some Things...   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, May 01, 2018 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

JACKIE WILSON performs "Higher and Higher" plus "Lonely Teardrops" for Twofer Tuesday, introduced by Del Shannon and Roy Orbison. (via Pate's Jon Hahn).

MARK KOZELEK is streaming a new self-titled LP.

SUPERCHUNK plays the World Cafe.

BEDOUINE plays a Tiny Desk Concert.

 

THE NATIONAL debuted a new song, "Light Years" at their Homecoming Festival.

YO LA TENGO: James McNew talks DIY through their biggest influences, old and new.

SUEDE's Brett Anderson takes NME inside their new LP.

ABBA announce that they have reunited to record two new songs, 35 years after their last single.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Bobby Vinton's fluffy pop simper "Roses Are Red (My Love)."

 

ASHLEY JUDD is suing Harvey Weinstein, saying he derailed her career after she rejected his sexual advances.

R. KELLY: A group of women of color within the Time's Up movement are joining a call for the music industry to cut their ties tothe  R&B singer.

CLAIRE FOY is reportedly to receive £200,000 in back pay for her leading role in The Crown after it was revealed she was paid less than her male co-star. 

SETH ROGEN gets a little serios with Vulture... and stands by James Franco.

MEGAN FOX: Taking conspiracy theoies to TV?

LARRY HARVEY, the Man Behind Burning Man, Is Dead at 70.

 

PIZZA RAT is back!

A BEAR was found sleeping in a tree in Paramus, NJ.

SNOOTY DOG OWNERS privatized a public NYC dog park without the city's knowledge and have made more than 80K off the fees.

THE WORLD'S OLDEST KNOWN SPIDER dies at 43 after a quiet life underground.

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So, I took a spill Thursday night and have a bum flipper.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, April 30, 2018 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

NEVERTHELESS, the one-armed typist has this as I heal up:

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE:  Avengers: Infinity War dethroned Star Wars: The Force Awakens as the biggest movie debut of all time, with an estimated 250MM domestic.  Even rival studios estimate it at 248MM, which was still enough for the record.  But wait, there's more.  The MCU crescendo took in another 380MM in foreign markets; the combined 630MM blows away the prior gobal record of 543MM set by The Fate of the Furious. And Infinity War has yet to open in Russia and China.  A Quiet Place places with 10.7MM on a 49 percent drop, which is impressive in light of everything you just read; 148MM to date against a 17MM budget is hella ROI.  I Feel Pretty shows with 8.1MM on a 49 percent drop, but at least creeps up on its 32MM production budget.  Rampage takes the fourth slot with 7.1MM on a 65 percent drop, taking a big hit from the MCU.  An Black Panther rounds out the Top Five with 4.4MM on an 11 percent drop, actually climbing from eighth last week.It's a fair agument that the Black Panther phenomenon teed up this week's record-shattering receipts.

 OK, I should have more tomorrow.

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The Bangles, Belly, Gaz Coombes, Shakey Graves, Infinity War   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, April 27, 2018 - 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."  Obligatory: The Susanna Hoffs solo cover of Bad Company's "Feel Like Makin' Love".

BELLY advance streams Dove.

GAZ COOMBES (Supergrass) advance streams World's Strongest Man.

SHAKEY GRAVES advance streams Can't Wake Up.

PARKER MILSAP advance streams Other Arrangements.

MOUNTAIN GOATS: John Darnielle choreographs Ace of Base's "The Sign." (Language warning) A perennial fave.

PRINCE: Anecdotes from Owen Husney's memoir Famous People Who've Met Me are excerpted at Entertainment Weekly.

LIZ PHAIR: 25 Years Out of Exile.

JANELLE MONAE gets personal.

THE NUMBER ONES ooks at David Rose's horny burlesque jazz instrumental "The Stripper."

AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR is this weekend's sole wide release, scoring 87 percent on the ol' Tomatometer. Remember the last time a studio madea dozen movies just to get toone where they throw ten buckets of awesome in the audience's face?  You don't because it's never happened before now.  You may see some reviews claiming the movie is overstuffed.  And while I've criticized other films for that, I can't really do so here, where stuffing the MCU into one movie was the point of the enterprise.  And frankly, it almost seems less stuffed than Civil War, because the screenplay balances the various storylines well.  Also, the movie does an excellent job with Thanos as the ubervillain (a relie,f as Marvel does not always do its villains well).  You might also see reviews comparing Infinity War to The Empire Strikes Back -- and it may be that for a generation that never had to wait for Return of the Jedi.  The other parallel is that, as in TESB, bad things happen.  Shockingly bad things happen.  So much so that if you take younger kids, you should warn them that bad things happen, but it's not the end of the story.  As it's Marvel, there is a bonus scene after all the credits.  And more bad things happen.  And a cool thing.

STAN LEE is accused by a masseuse of inappropriate behavior.

BILL COSBY was convicted on three counts of sexual assault and faces up to 30 years in prison.

MEL BROOKS released The Producers 50 yaers ago; at 91 and a member of the elite EGOT club, he says his job is to make terrible things entertaining.

KANYE WEST is laser-focused on the release of 5 new albums, and based on a firsthand account, the people claiming he's erratic or in the middle of a meltdown are off base.

AVICII's family released a statement on the Swedish dance music star's death at 28, implying suicide.

CHARLIE ROSE is being slated to star in a show where he'll interview other high-profile men who have also been toppled by MeToo scandals.

A QUIET PLACE sequel advances at Paramount, unsurprisingly.

A GIANT MUTANT FLUORESCENT FISH is spotted in North Carolina.

SUPERSIZED FERAL GOLDFISH threaten Washington state, Lake Tahoe, Alberta, etc.

THREE CRAWFISH busted out of a Cajun restaurant in Texas.

ALMOST 10000 TURTLES were discovered in a house in Madagascar.

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