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The silicon chip, etc. Slow "news" weekend, too.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, June 21, 2021 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


STEAM: The one-hit wonder with a synced take on "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye."

NEW RELEASES: Paste will point you to Kings of Convenience, Catenary Wires, Covey, and more.

BILL'S INDIE BASEMENT has Marina Allen, Bricolage, and more.

MODEST MOUSE shares “The Sun Hasn’t Left.

NEKO CASE Just Wants to Talk About Nature.

DANNY ELFMAN talks to Stereogum about retiring from Oingo Boingo, 'The Nightmare Before Christmas,' being parodied on 'Family Guy,' his new album 'Big Mess,' and more.

GARBAGE: Shirley Manson spoke with Salon about the songwriting debt she owes Weezer's Rivers Cuomo & the glory of being 54.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Bobby Brown's elemental new jack swing classic "My Prerogative."

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard tops the chart with 11.67MM over the regular weekend (and 17MM since opening), which is a little better than expected but not heralding the return of normal box office, either. A Quiet Place 2 placeds with 9.4MM on a 22 percent drop and a 125.2MM domestic total. Peter Rabbit 2 shows with 6.1MM and a fairly anemic 20.3MM domestic total.  However, Godzilla vs. Kong crossed 100MM domestic, the second flick to do so post-pandemic, while F9 approaches 300MM worldwide even before opening domestically.

MEGXIT: Prince Charles made it clear Archie will have no place among frontline Royals.  Also, William confronted Harry about allegations of bullying made against Meghan Markle by palace staff.

A DOGGO rounds up the pups.

A CAT, taunted by grilled cheese.

ANOTHER CAT, taunting an orchestra.

AND A DOGGO at the orchestra.

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Another Power Pop Friday.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, June 18, 2021 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



... with POWER POP (REDUX)! For whatever reason, I have considered Summer the ideal season for gems like Badfinger's "No Matter What" (which Pate covered on occasion) and "Baby Blue", and even Todd Rundgren's "I Saw the Light" and Cheap Trick's "I Want You to Want Me."  Ditto for more obscure tracks like The Rubinoos "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend" (see also their vintage cover of "Please Please Me"), Off Broadway's "Stay In Time" and "Full Moon Turn My Head Around," and Pezband's "Baby It's Cold Outside" and "Close Your Eyes."

BILLY BRAGG & JOE HENRY on Mountain Stage.


MARGO PRICE covers Roky Erickson's bugged-out psych-rock classic "Two-Headed Dog."

DIANA ROSS returns after 15 years with a "Thank You."

THE BEATLES: Peter Jackson’s long-in-the-making Get Back documentary will debut in three two-hour episodes over three days – November 25, 26 and 27 – exclusively on Disney+.

XTC's Andy Partridge has finally announced the first volume in his My Failed Songwriting Career series, a collection of tracks he initially penned for other artists.

BECK talks Odelay at 25.

THE SHINS' James Mercer talks Oh, Inverted World at 20.

ISLANDS' Nick Thorburn says he accidentally copied a Julie Byrne song on his new album.

FRANCOISE HARDY, ‘close to the end' of her life, argues for assisted suicide.

DOES PUNK Play in Peoria?



BLACK WIDOW: The early buzz is in.

FRANK BONNER, the veteran actor who became famous for portraying Herb Tarlek on the TV sitcom “WKRP in Cincinnati,” died Wednesday. He was 79.

ELIZABETH OLSEN quietly married singer Robbie Arnett in 2020.

GWYNETH PALTROW says her daughter Apple has never seen her movies.

CINDY CRAWFORD is in the jacuzzi.

WILD AT HEART, essayed at Aquarium Drunkard.

PIXAR MOVIES, ranked by The Ringer.

HAPPY Juneteenth.


A SLEEPY PUPPER and his buddy.

A KITTEH grows up.

RELEASE the Hounds.

COSTA RICAN Highland Hummingbirds.

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Worked late, but what did I find for Thursday?   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, June 17, 2021 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



DJANGO DJANGO visits World Cafe.

MEN I TRUST play a Tiny Desk Concert.


SHANNON & THE CLAMS share "Year of the Spider."

BOB DYLAN will perform a ticketed concert titled Shadow Kingdom on July 18 via livestreaming platform Veeps, his first broadcast performance in nearly three decades.

THE FOO FIGHTERS were picketed by Ricky Schroeder.  But Dave Grohl resumed the throne for a cover of Queen's "Somebody to Love."

THE TOP 10 WOMEN-LED PUNK BANDS, according to PopMatters.

THE NUMBER ONES ooks at Poison's sensitive-rocker monster ballad "Every Rose Has Its Thorn."


KANYE WEST & IRINA SHAYK are in their long-distance honeymoon phase.

MEGXIT: The Prince of Wales' sensitivity makes the situation more difficult.

THE ROCK: Oh, he's thinking of running.

REGE-JEAN PAGE, CHRIS ROCK, JOHN BOYEGA and the THR Drama Actor Roundtable.


WHEN you haven't seen your best friend for a while.

A DOGGO, and baby goats.


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Yesterday wasn't short, but what about today?   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, June 16, 2021 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


BACHMAN-TURNER OVERDRIVE: "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet."  Because it's summer. Plus, cowbell.

JONI MITCHELL with BRIAN BLADE at the Fez Club in 1995.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED features Lorde, Pokey LaFarge, The Go! Team, Azure Ray, and more.

NILSSON's only live performance of "Without You." “We all felt that we were a part of musical history right there,” Todd Rundgren recalls.

LA LUZ returns with "In The Country."

KEVIN DREW of BSS shares "The Slinfold Loop."

PHOEBE BRIDGERS, on the Dangerous Side of Writing "Very, Very Sad" Music.

THE 25 BEST ALBUMS of 2021 (So Far), according to Paste.

THE BEST ALBUMS of 2021 (So Far), according to The Guardian.

TEN POP PUNK REVIVAL SONGS you need to know.


ANA de ARMAS has moved on from Ben Affleck and is now dating Tinder VP Paul Boukadakis.

HARVEY WEINSTEIN will soon be extradited to California to stand trial on charges that he sexually assaulted five women in Los Angeles and Beverly Hills.

P*SSY ISLAND:  Zoë Kravitz will direct and Channing Tatum will star in a genre thriller.


HARLEY QUINN: You won't see the Batman doing this on-screen.

BEAUTY & THE BEAST: The long-gestating Gaston & LeFou prequel is coming to Disney+ as a musical mini-series.

THE TOMORROW WAR has a final trailer online.


A "MAKE WAY FOR DUCKLINGS" scenario unfolded in Brooklyn, including a visit to Bagel World.

THE PINK FAIRY ARAMADILLO is the world's smallest.

A SEA SNAIL is quite colorful.

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This may be brief again. We'll see.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, June 15, 2021 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE CARS play "Candy-O" and "The Dangerous Type" for Twofer Tuesday.

MERRY CLAYTON, one of rock's most important backup singers, plays a Tiny Desk Concert.

HAND HABITS shares "motherless" and "no reply" in time for Twofer Tuesday.

JEFFERSON STARSHIP's "Jane," but as heavy metal.

ERIC CLAPTON gave a lengthy interview outlining his views on the coronavirus pandemic, and his opposition to lockdown restrictions and vaccinations.

NOEL GALLAGHER is contemplating selling the rights to his back catalog in 2025.

SHERYL CROW opened up about how she was sexually harassed by Michael Jackson‘s manager Frank DiLeo when she was a backing singer for the music icon.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Chicago's supremely flavorless late-career power ballad "Look Away."


BENNIFER: Caught Canoodling on Camera.

CHRISSY TEIGEN issued a more in-depth apology on the heels of the backlash she received last month when old tweets bullying Courtney Stodden resurfaced.


JESSICA BIEL & JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE didn't intend to keep their quarantine baby a secret.


MARY-KATE & ASHLEY OLSEN continue to distance themselves from their pasts as child stars.

KNIVES OUT 2: Jessica Henwick, who recently landed one of the leads in the new The Matrix movie, has rounded out the cast for the next installment of Knives Out.

THE PULP AND PLEASURE of Raiders of the Lost Ark at 40.


A DOGGO, doing yoga.

A TRUST FALL, or a trust fly?

THE LIONS MANE: The world's largest jellyfish is yuge.

THE AUSSIE MOUSE PLAGUE is getting even worse.

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