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John Hughes, andThursday Things.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, August 06, 2020 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with JOHN HUGHES! The sportos, motorheads, geeks, sluts, buds, wasteoids, dweebies and dickheads, they all adore him. They think he's a righteous dude. The writer/director behind Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Weird Science, National Lampoon's Vacation movies, Home Alone, Planes, Trains & Automobiles and many more died Aug 6, 2009.  Hughes masterfully married music to movies, so I pay video tribute to him today, starting (of course) with "Don't You Forget About Me" by Simple Minds from The Breakfast Club (the drumming o­n this song is impeccable), and Karla DeVito's "We Are Not Alone," along with the Ramones playing "Blitzkrieg Bop" (from National Lampoon's Vacation), David Bowie's "Young Americans" and The Vapors o­ne-hit wonder, "Turning Japanese" and Billy Idol's "Rebel Yell" (all from Sixteen Candles, which opens to a clip of veteran WLS DJs Larry Lujack and Tommy Edwards), Van Halen's cover of "(Oh) Pretty Woman" and General Public's "Tenderness" (both from Weird Science), the Psychedelic Furs re-recorded title track from Pretty In Pink, which also featured Jon Cryer lip-synching to Otis Redding's "Try A Little Tenderness" (that last clip is a blistering live take from the 1967 Stax tour -- and excellent, btw), The Smiths' "Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want" (a Hughes perennial; here, the Dream Academy cover from FBDO), and OMD's "If You Leave," plus two more from Ferris Bueller's Day Off, "Danke Schoen" and "Twist and Shout" (which was shot o­n Dearborn and Randolph Streets in Chicago, with International Polka Queen Vlasta atop the float, though Cameron and Sloane were in front of the Post Office down the street), plus Yello's unforgettable-no-matter-how-you-try "Oh, Yeah." Videos are scarce for Some Kind of Wonderful, but I found Flesh for Lulu's "I Go Crazy" and the March Violets' take on the Stones' "Miss Amanda Jones."  BONUS: Molly Ringwald's post-MeToo re-evaluation of the films that made her career.


DIRTY PROJECTORS visit with World Cafe.

BON IVER shares "AUATC," with contributions from Bruce Springsteen, Jenny Lewis and others.

CREAM syncs "I Feel Free" at the Beat Club.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at former prog overlords Yes's unlikely synth-rock blockbuster "Owner Of A Lonely Heart."

REN & STIMPY are getting rebooted with a new creative team.

PRINCE ANDREW faces fresh allegations in newly released court documents in the Jeffrey Epstein case.

BEN AFFLECK & ANA de ARMAS can't keep their hands off each other.

ZOE SALDANA apologizes for playing Nina Simone.

I AM WOMAN: A Helen Reddy biopic has a trailer online.

JAKE PAUL was raided by the FBI.

WHO'S THE BOSS? A sequel with Tony Danza and Alyssa Milano is in the works.

COYOTE UGLY: An Oral History.

THE FIRST ATOMIC BOMB WAS DROPPED ON HIROSHIMA on this date in 1945. The act that ushered in the nuclear age, but also helped end World War II, still stokes controversy. Three men involved in the attack o­n Hiroshima share their memories with the BBC. Film showing the effects of the attack was classified for decades, as were the complete (unredacted) "Magic" military intercepts, which tend to show Japan was not about to surrender. Those interested in a relatively neutral view of the events leading to the bombing could do worse than 1995's Hiroshima, a joint Canadian-Japanese production for Showtime.  Hard to find tho. 

A FERRET and a ball drop.

A CAT jumps a stream in slo-mo.

ANOTHER CAT escaped prison after being found with two grams of heroin, two SIM cards, and a memory chip hidden in a plastic bag tied to its collar.

A SQUIRREL, stymied by an escalator.

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Wednesday arrives right on schedule.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, August 05, 2020 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


FATBOY SLIM: When your "Weapon of Choice" is Walken.

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN's post-River catalogue gets over three and a half hours of discussion anad analysis on Political Beats.


STEELY DAN: Radio, Sessions, and Live.

WHITNEY covers David Byrne and Brian Eno's "Strange Overtones".


JIM JAMES, JULIEN BAKER, COLIN MELOY, GRACE POTTER,ANDREW BIRD and many more cover the Burt Bacharach/Hal David classic "What the World Needs Now is Love."

NICK CAVE discusses writer's block.

THE KILLERS' legal team was "unable to find any corroboration" of sexual assault claims after conducting investigation, calls them "entirely unfounded."

NEIL YOUNG sues Donald Trump's campaign for using his music.

UB40 singer Duncan Campbell has been hospitalized after suffering a stroke.


MULAN will forgo its planned theatrical release, premiering on Disney Plus on Sept. 4 for a premium rental price.

RATCHED has a trailer online.

THE BOYS: Season 2 has a NSFW trailer online.

JURASSIC PARK: DOMINION will be the best yet, according to Sam Neill.

HARRY SHEARER questioned The Simpsons' decision to voice cast by race.

RYAN REYNOLDS, on Deadpool, diversity, and the secrets of successful marketing.

JASON ISSACS talks to The Big Issue about his battle with addiction in a candid Letter to My Younger Self.

RENI SANTONI, who played the rookie partner of Clint Eastwood's maverick detective in Dirty Harry, and an unsanitary pizza guy on Seinfeld, has died. He was 82.


ZOMBIE CICADAS get hijacked by a mind-controlling fungus that eats their genitals.

THE IOWA BUTTER COW's uncertain future has been clarified.

ALL OF US, trying to get through 2020.

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It's Tuesday, Again.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, August 04, 2020 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE CHESTERFIELD KINGS cover the Moving Sidewalks' "99th Floor" (introed by Martha Quinn) and psych up even more on "Sunrise (Turn On)" for Twofer Tuesday.

KATHLEEN EDWARDS virtually plays The Current, including Neil Young's "Comes a Time."


PHOEBE BRIDGERS & COURTNEY BARNETT cover Gillian Welch's 2001 song "Everything Is Free."

ANDY SCHAUF covers Springsteen's "Dancing in the Dark" during a robot battle on virtual talk show 'The Polar Express.'


HOW PHOEBE BRIDGERS (Begrudgingly) Writes a Rock Song.

BOB DYLAN and How to Sing a Long Song.

THE PSYCHEDELIC FURS: Richard Butler talks to Yahoo about the comeback album, the real story of ‘Pretty in Pink,' and how he got that voice.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson's superstar team-up "Say Say Say."


DWAYNE "THE ROCK" JOHNSON bought (part of) the XFL.

KANYE WEST's "campaign" has 45 canvassers on the ground in Wisconsin right now to get him on the ballot there.

ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER was not a fan of the Cats movie.

BRADLEY COOPER is in talks to star in Paul Thomas Anderson's next feature, an untitled coming-of-age drama set in the 1970s San Fernando Valley.

FARGO: Season 4 has a teaser trailer.

MISSION IMPOSSIBLE 7 is ruffling feathres following news its crew is pushing to blow up a bridge in Poland that is considered by locals to be a national monument.

NETFLIX is, basically, the modern equivalent of a broadcast network in the 1970s or 1980s.

TOM POLLOCK, the former chairman of Universal Pictures and the American Film Institute, died Saturday night at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles following a heart attack. He was 77.


TWO FRIENDS kill a massive 460-pound feral hog while hunting.

TWO DOGS, doing the mirror routine from Duck Soup.

A BOBCAT navigates a gap on the dock.

GOPHERS, just snacking.

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Wilford Brimley and Alan Parker RIP, plus Monday Things.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, August 03, 2020 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE PIPETTES: "Your Kisses are Wasted On Me." Before it all went wrong. Sigh.

NEW RELEASES: Paste will point you to Land of Talk, Madeline Kenney, Wye Oak, and more.

BILL'S INDIE BASEMENT has Fontaines DC, The Psychedelic Furs, St Etienne-curated 70s music, and more.

THE GO-GOS return with "Club Zero."

SEMISONIC returns with "All It Would Take."

TANYA DONNELLY & THE PARKINGTON SISYTERS cover Margaret O'Hara's "You Will Be Loved."


THE PSYCHEDELIC FURS: Richard Bulter talks to NPR about drinking backstage during the band's heyday, its fan base before and after the song "Pretty In Pink" was used in the John Hughes movie and its journey back to making new music.

LAND OF TALK discuss 10 songs that influenced their new album.

DAVID BYRNE talks music and architecture. No food?

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Lionel Richie's international party jam "All Night Long (All Night)."


WILFORD BRIMLEY, a portly actor with a walrus mustache who found his niche playing cantankerous coots in “Absence of Malice,” “The Natural,” “Cocoon” and other films, died on Saturday in a hospital in St. George, Utah. He was 85. Can't believe the NYT left out Hard Target.  And the Brimley/Cocoon Line, recently crossed by Matthew McConnaughey.

ALAN PARKER, the British director whose exceptionally wide-ranging oeuvre ranged from "Bugsy Malone" to "Mississippi Burning," from "Midnight Express" to "Pink Floyd: The Wall," has died. He was 76.

JAMES MURDOCH resigned from the board of the newspaper publisher News Corp, severing his last corporate tie to his father’s global media empire.

NBC INSIDERS allege that NBC Entertainment chairman Paul Telegdy engaged in racist, sexist and homophobic behavior: "It was par for the course."

TOPHER GRACE & ASHLEY HINSHAW welcome their second child.

THE GREEN HORNET: Kevin Smth's next cartoon project.

BRYAN SINGER'S Traumatic 'X-Men' Set: The Movie "Created a Monster."


A 14-YEAR-OLD GOLDEN RETRIEVER sneaks out of his house every day to visit his next-door neighbors.

IF TIK TOK GETS BANNED, where will we see this?

MONGO ONLY PAWN IN GAME OF LIFE: Man Arrested For Punching Police Horse Outside Cowboy Coast Saloon In Ocean City, Maryland.

MURDER HORNETS come to Washington State.

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Music Television and Friday Things.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, July 31, 2020 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



with MUSIC TELEVISION!  The cable phenom debuted on tomorrow's date in 1981. The first four hours included The Buggles' "Video Killed the Radio Star," while the rest of the first day included Pat Benatar's cover of "You Better Run," Rod Stewart's "She Won't Dance With Me," The Who's "You Better You Bet," PH.D's ""Little Susie's On The Up," Cliff Richard's "We Don't Talk Anymore," The Pretenders' "Brass In Pocket", Todd Rundgren's "Time Heals", REO Speedwagon's "Take It On The Run," Styx's "Rockin' The Paradise", and many more.

PERFUME GENIUS visits World Cafe.

THE BETHS play KEXP from home.

DIZZY visits Soundcheck from Canada.


LAURA VEIRS shares a video for "Burn Too Bright," dedicated to the late Richard Swift.

MATT BERNINGER & PHOEBE BRIDGERS discuss what goes into their lyrics, what doesn't, and why everything means everything all the time.

LIZ PHAIR & ALANIS MORISSETTE talk songwriting during an apocalypse and rock-star self-care.

THE KILLERS say they're investigating a sexual misconduct claim involving members of their 2009 touring crew.

AVI BUFFALO has been accused of rape by a former bandmate. Citing the allegations, Sub Pop has pulled Avi Buffalo's music.

IAN SVENONIUS posted a confession of his own "inappropriate" behavior on Instagram. Merge Records has decided to cut ties with him.

TAYLOR SWIFT FANS doxxed a Pitchfork reviewer for giving Folklore an 8... and the reviewer doesn't even make the score.


KIM KARDASHIAN & KANYE WEST reportedly are living separate lives as their future hangs in the balance.

AMBER HEARD's MOM confided that Elon Musk bugged the Tesla he gifted the actress, admitted she preferred ‘angel’ Johnny Depp to the ‘controlling’ billionaire and wished the couple would reconcile.

THE EMMYS are going virtual.

ELLEN DeGENERES addressed alleged workplace misconduct in a letter to her crew.

MATTHEW McCONNAUGHEY is releasing a memoir.

BRYAN CRANSTON revealed that he has recovered after testing positive for the novel coronavirus.

A TV WASTELAND IS COMING: Prepare Your Rewatches Accordingly.

M NIGHT SHYAMALAN talks Signs, which debuted on Aug 2, 2002.

RYAN REYNOLDS reunited a woman with a very special stolen teddy bear.


ONE DAY, a hole will open up in the sky and we'll all look up and this will happen.

HE'S BEHIND ME, isn't he?

THIS DOGGO has moves.

THE SHARK that killed a former New York City fashion executive off the coast of Maine was a great white - and it's still out there, officials said Tuesday.

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