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Bye bye, Miss American Pie.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, February 03, 2021 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE DAY THE MUSIC DIED.  It's the anniversary of the passing of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson in a plane crash outside Clear Lake, IA, and it is still bringing people to the historic Surf Ballroom (now a National Historic Landmark), as well as the Riverside Ballroom, where the Winter Dance Party made its penultimate stop. So it's worth linking to an MPR audio feature on the Winter Dance Party and a Weekend Edition piece on Buddy Holly's old classmates.. We'll start with some video of Buddy Holly playing "That'll Be the Day," and "Peggy Sue."  There's even less video of Valens, outside this lipsync of "Ooh, My Head!", but there's rare live audio of "La Bamba" and "Donna" on the Tube. And no survey would be complete without the Bopper's signature song, "Chantilly Lace."  The tragedy has echoed through the years in movies like The Buddy Holly Story and La Bamba.  The latter featured Los Lobos, who would make "La Bamba" a hit again almost 30 years later, with Marshall Crenshaw as Holly, who can be seen here covering "Crying, Waiting Hoping", introduced by Wolfman Jack.

ARLO PARKS plays for KEXP.

GANG OF FOUR shares their previously unreleased "Elevator" demo.

THE BEST PIXIES COVERS, according to Cover Me.

DOLLY PARTON turned down the Presidential Medal of Freedom, twice, but not for political reasons.

CABARET VOLTAIRE, from Abrasive Industrial to Acid-Soaked Dance.

THE VELVET MAFIA: The gay men who helped shape music in the 60s.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Madonna's dizzy dance-pop classic "Open Your Heart."


HAL HOLBROOK, who carved out a substantial acting career in television and film but who achieved his widest acclaim onstage, embodying Mark Twain in all his craggy splendor and vinegary wit in a one-man show seen around the world, died on Jan. 23 at his home in Beverly Hills, Calif. He was 95. 

MARILYN MANSON is getting axed by two TV shows and his agent after Evan Rachel Wood and others made allegations of abuse.

FRASIER: A reboot may be coming to Paramount+ (CBS AllAccess).

MOXIE, starring Amy Poehler, has a trailer online.

SHAILENE WOODLEY and... Aaron Rodgers?

EMMA STONE is reuiniting with Yorgos Lanthimos (The Favourite) to play "a volatile, oversexed, emancipated woman and a female Frankenstein."

STEVEN SPIELBERG is bullish on movie theaters.

ETHAN HAWKE wrote another novel.

KEVIN SMITH theorizes that WandaVision hints at the Fantastic Four's entry point to the MCU.


AN EAGLE plucks a drone out of the sky and flies off with it.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: Life imitates Up.

PUPPERS, waking up in sync.

DOG, sledding.

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It's Groundhog Day... Again.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, February 02, 2021 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


I got flowers...in the Spring...

First D.J.: "Rise and shine, campers and don't forget your booties 'cause it's cooooold out there today."

Second D.J.: "It's cold out there every day. What is this, Miami Beach?"

First D.J.: "Not hardly. So the big question o­n everybody's lips..."

Second D.J.: "O­n their chapped lips..."

First D.J.: "...their chapped lips is, 'Does Phil feel lucky?' Punxsatawney Phil! That's right, woodchuck chuckers, it's...


Saturday, Punxsutawney Phil ---  the Seer of Seers, Sage of Sages, Prognosticator of Prognosticators, and Weather Prophet Extraordinary will predict whether we will have six more weeks of winter.  According to the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club, Phil has seen his shadow 103 times, and hasn't seen it (predicting an early spring) only 18 times.  Phil's track record is hotly disputed, though he's has had a pretty good run recently.  Nevertheless, thousands will await the sunrise and the groundhog at Gobbler's Knob in the tiny Pennsylvania hamlet that has become known as the "Weather Capital of the World," due in no small part to the movie that makes every day Groundhog Day.

This is o­ne time where the Internet really fails to capture the true excitement of a movie about a large squirrel predicting the weather. However, you can see the trailer as a refresher (while BuzzFeed compiles trivia).

In 2005, Roger Ebert revisited Groundhog Day, declaring that the film "finds its note and purpose so precisely that its genius may not be immediately noticeable. It unfolds so inevitably, is so entertaining, so apparently effortless, that you have to stand back and slap yourself before you see how good it really is."

At the other end of the political spectrum, Jonah Goldberg's equally effusive movie meditation grabbed the cover of National Review: "When I set out to write this article, I thought it'd be fun to do a quirky homage to an offbeat flick, o­ne I think is brilliant as both comedy and moral philosophy. But while doing what I intended to be cursory research -- how much reporting do you need for a review of a twelve-year-old movie that plays constantly o­n cable? -- I discovered that I wasn't alone in my interest. In the years since its release the film has been taken up by Jews, Catholics, Evangelicals, Hindus, Buddhists, Wiccans, and followers of the oppressed Chinese Falun Gong movement."

Indeed, a 2004 article mentioned by Ebert (but not linked) from London's Independent observes that the Harold Ramis comedy has been hailed by some religious leaders as the most spiritual film of all time. More examples can be found at the NYT and the Christian Science Monitor.

As Phil Connors ultimately observed: "When Chekhov saw the long winter, he saw a winter bleak and dark and bereft of hope. Yet we know that winter is just another step in the cycle of life. But standing here among the people of Punxsutawney and basking in the warmth of their hearths and hearts, I couldn't imagine a better fate than a long and lustrous winter."

ACCORDINGLY, we conclude:

...with Sonny & Cher o­n Hullabaloo and famously o­n Letterman years later, plus UB40 with Chrissie Hynde, not to mention The Cynics (from the Bonograph tribute CD), and David Bowie & Marianne Faithfull.

FONTAINES DC visit with World Cafe.

BLACK THOUGHT also visits World Cafe.


EVAN RACHEL WOOD claims MARILYN MANSON abused her in a Vanity Fair story with four other female accusers. Manson has been dropped by his label. He called the accusations "distortions of reality."

M WARD, on why Billie Holiday endures.

SPARKS are the subject of a new documentary by EDGAR WRIGHT, who shares a couple of minutes and talks to Uproxx about the project.

SGT. PEPPER'S: Rarely has someone been so written out of pop history than Jann Haworth, the co-creator of one of the most famous album covers in history.

TONY BENNETT's Battle With Alzheimer's.


DUSTIN DIAMOND, best known for playing Samuel “Screech” Powers on the hit NBC sitcom, “Saved by the Bell,” has died at 44 of lung cancer.

ARMIE HAMMER's estranged wife, Elizabeth Chambers, made her first lengthy statement since he came under fire for his alleged direct messages.

ANA de ARMAS deactivated her Twitter account over the weekend, though her Instagram account still remains up.

DOMINIC WEST looks to have rekindled his marriage after claims of a fling with Lily James.

WAKANDA is headed to Disney+.

WHAT IF THE KARATE KID isn't the hero?

THE MONSTER AT THE END OF THIS BOOK: Still inspiring after 50 years.

JAMIE TARSES, who broke the glass ceiling for female TV executives as the first woman to run a network entertainment division, passed away from complications stemming from a cardiac event she suffered in early fall. She was 56.


GIANT PANDAS enjoy a snow day at the National Zoo.

A BEAR, chasing a skier.

A COW and a DOGGO, chillin'.


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Jon Pratt, Hilton Valentine RIP, Monday.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, February 01, 2021 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


JON PRATT busts out a vintage-y version of a vintage Pate track, "Driving Late at Night."

NEW RELEASES: Paste will point you to the Besnard Lakes, Arlo Parks, Goat Girl,  Langhorne Slim, and more.

BILL'S INDIE BASEMENT has Notwist, Lilys, The Reds, Pinks & Purples, and more.

THE HOLD STEADY shares "Spices."

NEIL YOUNG is releasing another “lost” album, Johnny’s Island (1982).

KRIS KRISTOFFERSON quietly retires.

HILTON VALENTINE, original guitarist for The Animals, died on Friday at age 77. No cause of death was given.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Billy Vera & The Beaters's "At This Moment," a live retro-soul ballad that took a long, strange route to the top.


WEEKEND BOX OFFICE?  The Little Things tops the chart with 4.6MM, the best debut for an R-rated pic during the pandemic.  Croods: A New Age places with 1.8MM on a 2 percent rise.  Wonder Woman 1984 shows with 1.3MM on a 17 percent drop.

AMC THEATERS: Saved by Reddit?

MEGXIT: Harry and Meghan secretly erased her first names from son Archie's birth papers. 

LILY JAMES continues to be bombarded with abuse by online trolls months after she was pictured kissing her co-star Dominic West in Rome.

ALPACAS: Nom nom nom.


TAMING the Lion.

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Neil Diamond, and Friday Things.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, January 29, 2021 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with NEIL DIAMOND! There are two types of people, you know.  But here's Neil on the Beeb in 1971.  Your set list: "Sweet Caroline," "Solitary Man," "Cracklin' Rosie," "Done Too Soon," "A Modern Day Version Of Love," "He Aint' Heavy (He's My Brother)," "Holly Holy," and "Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show."  And "I Am I Said" is back the Tube right now.

FUZZ, Live at Gold Diggers Studio 1.

CATHEDRAL BELLS streams Ether.

MILEY CYRUS plays a Tiny Desk Concert, including a cover of Mazzy Star's "Fade Into You."

KID CONGO POWERS & THE PINK MONKEY BRIDS share "He Walked In," a 14-minute jazz-rocker.


JULIANA HATFIELD shares a "Mouthful of Blood."


WAXAHATCHEE: Katie Crutchfield talks to Rolling Stone.

PUNK PLANET is now archved online.


CICELY TYSON, the Emmy- and Tony-winning actress who distinguished herself in theater, film and television, died on Thursday afternoon. She was 96.

ARMIE HAMMER will no longer star in the upcoming Paramount Plus series “The Offer,” which tells the behind the scenes story of the making of “The Godfather.”

WONDER WOMAN 1984 doubled HBOMax's activations.

GAME OF THRONES stars Gwendoline Christie and Charles Dance have been cast in Netflix series The Sandman.

GAME OF THRONES may also get an animated spinoff on HBOMax.

DAVID DUCHOVNY has written a novel.

FRIENDS: An oral history of “The One After the Superbowl.”

WHAT ARE CULT MOVIES in the Internet Age?


A PUP gets mad at his hiccups

CATS & DOGS, living together.

CATS & DOGS, living together again.

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Another crazy workday, and yet Thursday again.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, January 28, 2021 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE MAMAS & PAPAS lip-synced "California Dreaming" really well o­n Hullaballoo, but not showing you the go-go dancers, who are worth the wait.

SHARON VAN ETTEN joins SHOVELS & ROPE on a cover of the Beach Boys' "In My Room."

BARTEES STRANGE plays "Boomer" for Seth Meyers.

MARGOT PRICE goes on Transmissions for a talk about the music industry, her creative partnership with husband Jeremy Ivey, the politics of country music, online radio, the cannabis business, and her latest rock and seventies pop inspired LP.

THE NUMBER ONES on "Shake You Down" and on a man who was (and is) far too good-looking to remain in academia.

CLORIS LEACHMAN, who won an Academy Award for her portrayal of a neglected housewife in the stark drama “The Last Picture Show” but who was probably best known for getting laughs, notably in three Mel Brooks movies and on television comedies like “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and “Malcolm in the Middle,” died on Wednesday at her home in Encinitas, Calif. She was 94.

MICHAEL STRAHAN has tested positive for COVID-19.

PAMELA ANDERSON has married her bodyguard.

MICHAEL B. JORDAN would return to the Black Panther franchise, because of course he would.

KRISTEN STEWART, as Princess Diana.

THE FIRST OSCARS lasted 15 minutes. What happened?

ALMOST FAMOUS: Still a Golden God, 20 years later.

A SNOWY OWL has been spotted in Central Park for the first time since 1890.

A DUCK and a Pup.

THREE DOGS, two swimming.

More tomorrow, I hope.

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