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Not a "news" great day, but some Wednesday Things.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, December 09, 2020 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


SHARON JONES & THE DAP-KINGS: “Ain’t No Chimneys In The Projects.” 


JESS CORNELIUS plays for World Cafe.

OZZY OSBOURNE baked a hash cake years ago and was shocked when he came home to find a clergyman eating it in his kitchen, completely unaware what was in it.

HAROLD BUDD has died at the age of 84.


SPIDER-MAN 3: Alfred Molina is putting the metal arms back on to reprise his role as the villainous Doctor Octopus.

KINGSMAN: How about another seven movies and a TV show?

HOWARD STERN signed a new five-year deal with SiriusXM.

AMANDA SEYFRIED talks about turning down Guardians of the Galaxy.

PAUL DOOLEY talks about Breaking Away, Popeye, and the scene John Hughes wrote just for him.

ALEX TREBEK got a sly tribute from Google.

MARIO LOPEZ is Col. Sanders in... A Recipe for Seduction.

THE TEN BEST FILMS of 2020, according to Variety's Peter Debruge and Owen Gieberman.


A RACCOON is rescued from a ledge in TriBeCa.

WIDOWED OTTERS move in together after meeting on a dating app.

FOUR LIONS at a Barcelona zoo test positive for coronavirus.

HOW SLASH THE BEAR Stole Christmas.

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Chuck Yeager RIP, and Tuesday Things.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, December 08, 2020 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


BOB GELDOF, by his own admission, is responsible for two of the worst songs in history: "'Do They Know It's Christmas?" and "We Are The World."

LOW CUT CONNIE plays for World Cafe.

BLACK PUMAS play a Tiny Desk Concert.

SHARON VAN ETTEN covers "Silent Night" and "Blue Christmas."


BOB DYLAN sold his entire catalog of songs, which encompasses more than 600 songs over 60 years, in a "landmark agreement" with Universal Music Publishing Group reportedly worth 300MM.

PAUL McCARTNEY says The Beatles suffered from mental health issues, but were reasonably well-adjusted to fame.

RINGO STARR would like you to listen to "Strawberry Fields Forever" today.

THE 100 BEST SONGS of 2020, according to Pitchfork.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Pet Shop Boys' deadpan, otherworldly dance-pop game-changer "West End Girls."


CHUCK YEAGER, the most famous test pilot of his generation who was the first to break the sound barrier, and, thanks to Tom Wolfe, came to personify the death-defying aviator who possessed the elusive yet unmistakable “right stuff,” died on Monday. He was 97.

LEGENDARY STUDIOS may challenge the WB's move of Dune into the HBOMax deal.

CHRISTOPER NOLAN is among those with harsh words for the HBOMax deal: "Some of our industry’s biggest filmmakers and most important movie stars went to bed the night before thinking they were working for the greatest movie studio and woke up to find out they were working for the worst streaming service." Moar drama here.

INSIDE THE BATTLE for the soul of HBO.

EARLY REVIEWS of Wonder Woman 1984 are pretty hot.

DOLLY PARTON is profiled at Marie Claire.

AUBREY PLAZA revealed that Kristen Stewart contracted the novel coronavirus on the set of their new Christmas movie.

THE CROWN has no plans for a disclaimer reminding people it's fiction.

MATTHEW McCONAUGHEY is doing his best to demonstrate during his current, seemingly unending book promotional tour that he is different from other Hollywood stars who discuss politics.


THE MICHAEL JORDAN of dock diving dogs.

AFRICAN CATTLE RANCHERS dramatically reduce calf killings by skirting popular cheetah hangouts.

AUSTRALIA Gears Up for the Great Koala Count, Using Drones, Droppings and Dogs.

WHY ARE PANDAS Covering Themselves With Horse Manure?

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Monday: A day which will live in infamy. Generally.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, December 07, 2020 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE RAVEONETTES' 2011 video for 2001's "The Christmas Song.

NEW RELEASES: Pitchfork has Sigur Rós, Winston C.W.,and more.

BILL'S INDIE BASEMENT has Lost Horizons, King Hannah, Ghost Power, and more.

ROBIN GUTHRIE & HAROLD BUDD have released Another Flower.


STEVIE NICKS closed a deal to sell a majority stake in her publishing catalog late last month.

DIONNE WARWICK is trolling rappers on Twitter. In a fun way.

THE TOP 50 LPs of 2020, according to Rolling Stone.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Robert Palmer's MTV-dominating club-rocker "Addicted To Love."


WEEKEND BOX OFFICE? Croods: A New Age repeats atop the chart with 4.4MM on a 55 percent drop; Half Brothers debuts in second with 720K; Freaky shows with 460K on a 42 percent drop.

DAVID LANDER, best known as Squiggy on the ABC sitcom "Laverne & Shirley," died Friday evening at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, his family confirmed to Variety. He was 73.

BEN AFFLECK & ANA de ARMAS are cohabitating.

LETITIA WRIGHT (Black Panther) deleted both her Twitter and Instagram accounts after sharing a video questioning the covid vaccine.

CANDICE BERGEN, on Frank Sinatra, Henry Kissinger, Princess Diana, Charles Manson and her date with the Donald.

SIENNA MILLER finally decides to unload on Jude Law.

MATTHEW PERRY is selling Friends-themed merch for charity.

GUY FIERI has raised over 21MM in seven weeks to assist unemployed restaurant workers.

MOVING FILMS TO VOD can't make up the revenue from traditional theaters.

DECEMBER 7, 1941: A "date which will live in infamy." I'll be watching Tora! Tora! Tora!  BTW, the first nation invaded by the US after entering WWII was Morocco, then Algeria, iirc. War is strange.


JUST A PARROT at the vets', pleased about his recovery.

A KOALA wanders into an Australian family's home and climbs their Christmas tree

POLICE IN CALIFORNIA responded to a report of a suspected burglary in progress and arrived to find the cause of the ruckus actually was about a dozen brawling raccoons.

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Shindig, The Theatrical Window Shatters, and more.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, December 04, 2020 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with A CHRISTMAS SHINDIG! The full episode has gone dark, but still-available clips from 1964 include The Beach Boys' "Dance, Dance, Dance," Bobby Sherman and Donna Loren singing "Keep on Searching," the Righteous Brothers doing "The Jerk" and an awesome milk commercial, Adam Faith with "Watch Your Step," and "Santa Claus Is Back In Town", Bobby Sherman with "Sleigh Ride," Donna Loren returning with a Spector-esque, but rougher "Santa Claus is Coming to Town," and The Beach Boys deliver a set including "Little Saint Nick," "Monster Mash" (yes, really) "Papa Oom Mow Mow," "Johnny B. Goode," and "We Three Kings."



NEAL CASAL's final solo recordings, "Everything Is Moving" & "Green Moon."

THE STAVES share "Satisfied."


PHOEBE BRIDGERS plays "Savior Complex" on Fallon and promotes her Christmas EP at Vogue.

STRUM & THRUM: The American Jangle Underground 1983-1987.  The Windbreakers, Primitons and Springfields? Yes, please.

THE BEST LPs of 2020, according to the New York Times.

THE TOP 50 LPs of 2020, according to Consequence of Sound.

M WARD talks to Portland Monthly about his Billie Holiday tribute album.


WARNER BROS.' entire 2021 slate - a list of films that includes "The Matrix 4," Denis Villeneuve's "Dune" remake, Lin-Manuel Miranda's musical adaptation of "In the Heights," the "Sopranos" prequel "The Many Saints of Newark" and "The Suicide Squad" - will debut both on HBO Max and in theaters on their respective release dates.

MADS MIKKELSEN is opening up about the "shocker" moment he got the call to replace Johnny Depp in Fantastic Beasts 3.

THE LORD OF THE RINGS' cast is crowdfunding to buy J.R.R. Tolkien's home in Oxford, England, and turn it into a literary center.

JENNIFER LOPEZ says she has never gotten Botox, which is very specific.

CHARLES DANCE: After his memorable turn as Tywin Lannister in ‘Game of Thrones,' Dance has made the most of his notability. And with new roles in ‘Mank,' ‘The Crown,' and ‘The King's Man,' he's moved from "that guy" to name brand.

JULIEN TEMPLE talks about his Shane MacGowan documentary.

FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA: Just when he thought he was out...


TERRY'S HUBRIS proved to be his undoing.

KANGAROO ATTACKS JOGGER: Is Sarah Jessica Parker to blame?

SPOTIFY will make a playlist for your pet.

KITTY discovers its rear paws.

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Wow, really slow "news" day for today. But Things.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, December 03, 2020 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE RAMONES: "Merry Christmas (I Don't Wanna Fight Tonight)."

SIGN O' THE TIMES: An 8-part podcast.

JAKE NAME covers Legendary Pink Dots, Ween, Jimi Hendrix, and more for a Lagniappe Session.

BARRY GIBB: The last Bee Gee looks back at his wide-ranging catalog of hits, and ahead to an album of duets that spotlights his first love, country music.

25 GREAT EPs from 2020, according to Stereogum.

THE 50 BEST LPs of 2020, according to NPR.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Prince & The Revolution's trebly, minimalistic sex-funk classic, "Kiss." And stay for the Number Two.

HUGH KEAYS-BYRNE, a/k/a Immortan Joe in Mad Max: Fury Road, has died at 73.


HARRY STYLES, profiled at Variety.

MARGOT ROBBIE may replace EMMA STONE in Babylon, a period, R-rated drama, set in the shifting moment in Hollywood when the industry turned from silent film to talkies.

CITIZEN KANE: It's a story of director versus screenwriter, legend versus fact-and it's the foundation of David Fincher's latest film, ‘Mank.'

FIRST STEPS for Timmy the kangaroo.

A PIGEON, saving it for later.

ONE OF THESE DUCKS is not like the others.

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