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Zuzu's Petals!   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, December 23, 2016 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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! Double Bonus: "It's a Bad Brains Christmas, Charlie Brown."

A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS:  Sure, Charlie Brown, I can tell you what Christmas is all about.  Mental Floss has "The Real Story Behind A Charlie Brown Christmas (and why it almost wasn't shown)." The WaPo has reflections from producer-director Lee Mendelson.

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 CURRENT has your hipster holiday music stream.

THE ALL SONGS CONSIDERED Holiday Extravaganza for 2016.

A STONE SOUL CHRISTMAS, at Aquarium Drunkard.

MARC BOLAN: T.Rexmas.

LIT UP LIKE A CHRISTMAS TREE: A Vintage Holiday Mixtape.

PASSION PIT frontman Michael Angelakos released his debut album. Merry Christmas, Mr. Fields.

DEAN WAREHAM Does The Holidays.

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

35 ALTERNATIVE HOLIDAY SONGS, courtesy of NME.

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

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.

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

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

SUPER FURRY ANIMALS: "The Keep 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.

JON BON JOVI sings "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" to R2-D2 in his first professional recording.

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.

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” has slipped to number two in the ranking of holiday shoppers’ most-heard songs.

HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS:  The real deal, not Jim Carrey.  Then he slunk to the ice box. He took the Whos' feast. He took the who pudding, he took the roast beast. He emptied the ice box as quick as a flash. Why, the Grinch even took the last can of who hash.

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

NOW SHOWING: Did that yesterday.

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 for 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968 and 1969.

TEN OR TWELVE UNDERRATED Holiday Tracks (Some of which already appear here).

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

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

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," so watch the whole thing. BONUS: Vintage Bailey backlash from warped, frustrated old people at the New York Times and Portfolio. DOUBLE-BONUS: 22 TV variations on It's A Wonderful Life.

ALL THESE KIDS WANTED FOR CHRISTMAS was warm blankets.

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.

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 this month, 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.

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?

DRECK THE HALLS: A Holiday TV Specials Retrospective.

23 TV EPISODES based on "A Christmas Carol."

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.

29 CATS Trying To Figure Out This Whole Christmas Thing, and 29 CATS Who Just Want To Help You Decorate Your Tree.

A SHETLAND PONY in a Christmas foursie.

14 ANIMALS Who Tried to Ruin Christmas.

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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Gillian Welch & David Rawlings, Bob Weir, July Talk, Bob Weir, Basset Mom   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, December 22, 2016 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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TEGAN & SARA shared a vdeo for “That Girl.”

GILLIAN WELCH & DAVID RAWLINGS play an 8-song Nashville Session for World Cafe.

BOB WEIR played WFUV Live at the King's Theatre.

JULY TALK visted the WNYC Soundcheck studios.

WILD PINK shared “Wizards Of Loneliness,” the latest advance single from the band's self-titled LP.

DARLENE LOVE's final "Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home)" for Letterman.

THE VELVET UNDERGROUND, SLY STONE & NINA SIMONE will receive Lifetime Achievement Awards at the Grammy Special Merit Awards.

THE BEST UNDERGROUND GARAGE PUNK LPs of 2016, according to Pitchfork.

FOLK ALLEY's 10 Favorite Albums of 2016.

BIG THIEF's Top 10 Breakfasts of 2016.

NOW SHOWING: Wednesday's wide releases are Sing, which is currently scoring 69 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; Passengers, which is currently scoring 29 percent; and Assassin's Creed, scoring 18 percent.  Why Him? opens on friday and is currently scoring 33 percent.

THE KARDASHIANS continue to freeze out Blac Chyna, who has reconciled with fiancé Rob Kardashian.

EMMA STONE is the cover of the Rolling Stone.

AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR put out a casting call listing a very large cast. (potential spoilers, obvsly)

MISCHA BARTON: A Teen Star Looks at 30.

ALAN THICKE died of a “ruptured aorta”, according to his death certificate.

WES ANDERSON announced his next film, Isle of the Dogs, a stop-motion animation about a group of dogs living on an island.

THE 15 BEST HORROR MOVIES of 2016, according to Paste.

THE 20 BEST MOVIES of 2016, according to The A.V. Club.

SYRIA: The Russian government and state media describe the situation in Aleppo as “liberation,” and Russian state TV last week interviewed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who praised Moscow for its support.

GERMANY: A manhunt is underway for a 24-year-old Tunisia native in connection with this week's Christmas market attack in Berlin. The suspect was arrested in August with forged documents en route to Italy, but a judge released him, an official says.

A BASSET HOUND protects her pups from Grandpa.

A NEGLECTED CAT is freed from pounds of matted fur.

A SAVAGE ELEPHANT farted on a friend's head.

RAMBO THE GATOR will be staying with his owner, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials ruled.

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Nick Waterhouse, Doyle Bramhall II, Honeyblood, Tigers   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, December 21, 2016 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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CHICANO BATMAN shared a video for "Friendship (Is A Small Boat In A Storm)."

NICK WATERHOUSE and his band stopped by KUTX for a chat and mini-set, include a cover of The Seeds' "Pushin' Too Hard."

DOYLE BRAMHALL II, who was the rhythm guitarist in The Fabulous Thunderbirds at 18, stopped by World Cafe for chat and mini-set.

HONEYBLOOD stopped by WFUV Live for a chat and mini-set.

SHARON JONES & THE DAP-KINGS released a posthumous Claymation video for "Please Come Home For Christmas."

THE ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME 2017 inductees are announced, but what's up with giving Nile Rodgers an award while snubbing Chic again?

R.E.M.: Peter Buck talked about Out of Time at Salon.

DAVID BOWIE's Final, Imaginative, Awesome Year.

THOM YORKE's former partner, Rachel Owen, died Sunday (Dec. 18) at 48 following a battle with cancer.

MARGOT ROBBIE's wedding photos.

RICHARD MARX heroically fought off and restrained an out-of-control passenger during a flight from Vietnam to South Korea ... and his wife, Daisy Fuentes, captured the whole ordeal.

MICHAEL FASSBENDER is taking some "downtime" from acting.

JAMES FRANCO has been added to the cast of Alien: Covenant.

DRAKE & JENNIFER LOPEZ  have been spending a lot of time together lately, and sources who are around both of them tell TMZ it's only a matter of time.

AZEALIA BANKS said she suffered a miscarriage in a now-deleted Facebook post.

JUSTICE LEAGUE: First pic of the movie Flash (tho didn't we kind of see him in Batman v Superman?)

JERRY LEWIS knows how to give a difficult interview.

THE ISLAMIC STATE claimed responsibility for a truck attack on a crowded Berlin Christmas market that German authorities said came right out of the extremist group's playbook.

RUSSIA: The official line from President Vladimir Putin on  the assassination of the ambassador in Turkey in Ankara was a "provocation" meant to derail talks between the two nations aimed at replacing the United States as the indispensable power in the Middle East.

TIGERS, caught by drone cameras.

A DOG can be shot by police if it barks or moves after police enter a home, according to a federal appeals court.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: A militant rodent escaped near death in Wales by jumping into the engine compartment of a passing car that nearly ran it over.

A RARE ASIAN ELEPHANT was born at Chester Zoo.

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Regina Spektor, Oh Hellos, True Vision, Gym Deer   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, December 20, 2016 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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KINGS OF LEON shared a video for "Find Me."

REGINA SPEKTOR stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

THE OH HELLOS played a holiday Tiny Desk Concert.

TRUE VISION is streaming their new 7″ EP Against The Grain.

KIM WILDE drunkenly warbles "Kids In America" and "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" on the subway.

MAVIS STAPLES talked to CBS about her storied acreer and a marriage proposal from Bob Dylan.

BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE: Kevin Drew talked to Pitchfork about putting the band back together and more...

SOUL-SIDES: Oliver Wang's favorite old recordings and new recordings of 2016.

THE 2016 PITCHFORK READERS' POLL results are online.

MARGOT ROBBIE has reportedly married boyfriend Tom Ackerley at a secret location in Byron Bay, Australia.

JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 2 has a trailer online.

BLADE RUNNER 2049 has a trailer online.

TWIN PEAKS dropped a teaser trailer with a very minor spoiler.

BELLA THORNE & CHARLIE PUTH were caught on camera after months of online flirting.

ALAN TUDYK talks about improvising on the set of Rogue One.

IRAQ: After two months, the battle to retake the Iraqi city of Mosul from the Islamic State has settled into a grinding war of attrition.

GERMANY: A truck slammed into a crowded Christmas market in central Berlin on Monday night, killing at least 12 people and wounding 48, in what authorities are investigating as a possible terrorist attack.

TURKEY: Russia's ambassador to Turkey was assassinated at an Ankara art exhibit on Monday evening by a lone Turkish gunman shouting "God is great!" and "don't forget Aleppo, don't forget Syria!" in what Russia called a terrorist attack. The gunman, described by Ankara’s mayor as a policeman, also wounded at least three others in the assault on the envoy.

A DEER crashed Gold's Gym of Anderson, South Carolina, for a workout.

A BLACK GOAT was sacrificed as Pakistan's national airline retook to the air following a crash earlier this month.

A BEAVER in Minnesota caused thousands of dollars in damage after deciding to chow down on a utility pole.

CAR-LICKING MOOSE prompt a warning in southern Alberta.

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Pretenders, Spencer Tweedy, 1980, Sloan, Sledding Dog   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, December 19, 2016 - 08:00 AM
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THE FLAMING LIPS debut "There Should Be Unicorns" in Oklahoma City.

THE PRETENDERS stopped by World Cafe Live, including this bonus video of "Tattooed Love Boys."

SPENCER TWEEDY streams his debut solo EP, Geezer Love.

1980, playlisted by World Cafe via Spotify.

SLOAN shared a pair of holiday tacks, "Kids Come Back Again At Christmas" and "December 25."

DROPKICK MURPHYS share "Paying My Way."

SHARON JONES & THE DAP-KINGS are dreaming of a "White Christmas."

JOHN LYDON, a/k/a Johnny Rotten, shared the soundtrack of his life with Pitchfork.

DAVID BOWIE: Rolling Stone surveyed the making of Hunky Dory.

SHEARWATER: Jonathan Meiburg explains why music should not be Grape Nuts or whipped cream.

THE CALM AMID THE CHAOS: 2016’s Best New Music, according to Kevin Madden. I could live with this list as easily as my faves.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Rogue One topped the chart with a massive 155MM haul, the second-biggest December debut ever, behind The Force Awakens.  It's also the 12th biggest domest debut ever, while raking in almost as much again overseas, where the international cast will help it play big.  Not too shabby for a spin-off.  Moana placed with 11.7MM on a 37 percent drop; it faces even more competition from the debut of Sing over the holidays.  Office Christmas Party showed with 8.5MM on a 50 percent drop the first big victim of the Death Star moving into your cineplex's prime real estate. Taking that big a hit with the Christmas theme is a big red flag.  But Rogue One's biggest victim may be the 7MM debut of Collateral Beauty in the fourth slot, placing it in the Top 25 worst openings for a film opening on 3000+ screens.  The 36MM budget may be the only thing saving it from bomb status (I'd guess the stars took a gamble on backend deals and lost). Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them also took a sizable 51 percent drop to round out the Top Five with 5MM, but the Potterverse spin-off is in its 5th weekend and has grossed over 700MM worldwide, so no lumps in their stockings.

KEIRA KNIGHTLEY is reportedly returning to the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.

JULIA ROBERTS has signed on to star in her first-ever (limited) TV series.

KATIE HOLMES & JAMIE FOXX lew to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, for a private weekend getaway to celebrate her birthday.

MICHAEL SHEEN reassured fans he was misquoted and is probably not leaving acting for activism.

CEE-LO GREEN reassured fans a video showing his phone exploding was staged for a project.

ROB KARDASHIAN says Blac Chyna left him ... and she took their baby with her.

BROOKE MUELLER is in rehab.

MARGARET CHO & TILDA SWINTON had a fight about the latter's casting in Doctor Strange...and Swinton released the emails.

ZSA ZSA GABOR,  the Hungarian actress whose self-parodying glamour and revolving-door marriages to millionaires put a luster of American celebrity on a long but only modestly successful career in movies and television, died of heart failure on Sunday in Los Angeles. She was 99.

DR HENRY HEIMLICH, the thoracic surgeon and medical maverick who developed and crusaded for the antichoking technique that has been credited with saving an estimated 100K lives, died on Saturday at a hospital in Cincinnati after suffering a heart attack at his home there last Monday, his family said. He was 96.

RUSSIA: A well-known Russian journalist and critic of President Vladimir Putin has been found dead in his Kiev apartment with a gunshot wound to the head.

A BLACK LABRADOR shows off his sledding technique. (Thx, Zoey.)

THE INCREDIBLY RARE "GHOST SHARK," which has its genitals in its head, was caught on camera for the first time.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT:  A pack of furry, pint-sized grinches have stolen the Christmas spirit from Toronto's Mel Lastman Square.

SNAKE vs WALLABY: Who You Got?

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