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Thursday Things, Thankfully.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, July 16, 2020 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



SORRY connects from London with The Current for a live virtual session.

RUFUS WAINWRIGHT, Live at Rockwood Music Hall.

JONATHAN WILSON visits World Cafe.

ANGEL OLSEN & HAND HABITS cover Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers' "Walls." 


JOAN JETT covers the T. Rex classic "Jeepster."

YO LA TENGO is posting tracks at Bandcamp.

THE POLARIS PRIZE shortlist is announced.

THE 25 BEST SONGS of 2020 (So Far), according to The A.V. Club.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Irene Cara's Giorgio Moroder-produced dance-pop blockbuster "Flashdance... What A Feeling." (And a Number Two.)


KAREEM ABDUL-JABBAR asks: Where Is the Outrage Over Anti-Semitism in Sports and Hollywood?

AMBER HEARD felt she was “above the law,” her former personal assistant has alleged.

JOHNNY DEPP was so revolted by feces left in his bed that he wanted to have a DNA test done on it to identify the pooper, a UK court was told Wednesday.

KANYE WEST is already out of his presidential bid.

BRITNEY SPEARS' mother, Lynne Spears, has filed legal documents to be included in all decisions made about the pop star's finances.

UTA is poised to become the first of the major Hollywood agencies to reunite the Writers Guild of Americas.

BRAD PITT doesn't currently have a relationship with his eldest son, Maddox. .

SURVIVOR will no longer be part ofthe fall schedule as a result of the COVID-19 production shutdown.

LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA breaks down the writing of Hamilton's "My Shot."



MAN BITES SEAGULL who tried to steal his Big Mac.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT extends to bubonic plague.

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And I thought Monday was exhausting, yet a few Wednesday things.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, July 15, 2020 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


REALLY, just a handful of Wednesday Things because my head is asplodey.

ROGER McGUINN performs "King of the Hill" -- a song about "Papa" John Phillips -- for Carson.

GRANT IMAHARA,  an electrical engineer and roboticist who hosted the popular science show MythBusters and Netflix's White Rabbit Project, has died following a brain aneurysm. He was 49.

NICK CANNON got the boot from ViacomCBS after the actor and TV host propagated anti-Semitic conspiracy theories on his podcast.  He's also the host of The Masked Singer on Fox (for now).

OLIVER STONE thinks Hollywood has gone crazy.

THE MATRIX cinematographer Bill Pope is sitting out Matrix 4 because in his opinion, shooting sequels was "mind numbing and soul numbing."

MONEY PLANE: An oral history of 2020's ultimate "good bad" movie.

INCEPTION: A decade old on Monday, Christopher Nolan's 2010 dream-within-a-dream blockbuster remains as dense, bewildering, and enjoyable as the day it was released.

MORE TOMORROW... at least no one hopes so mre than I do!

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Yesterday was exhausting, but I have some Tuesday Things.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, July 14, 2020 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


QUESTION MARK & THE MYSTERIANS: "96 Tears" and " Girl (You Captivate Me)" for Twofer Tuesday.

BOB MOULD shares a "Forecast of Rain."

BILLY JOE ARMSTRONG covers Billy Bragg's "A New England."

BILL CALLAHAN shares "35."

THE JAYHAWKS: Americana's most underappreciated band.

MARGOT PRICE talks album-making and motherhood.

BOB GELDOF reflects on Live Aid after 35 years.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at David Bowie's hard-strutting new-wave funk anthem "Let's Dance."

KELLY PRESTON, an actress best known for her role as a hardhearted fiancée of the Tom Cruise character in the 1996 film "Jerry Maguire," died on Sunday in Florida. She was 57.

NAYA RIVERA: Sheriff Bill Ayub says they're confident the body discovered in Lake Piru Monday is the Glee actress.

LISA MARIE PRESLEY is "beyond devastated" over the death of her son at age 27.

WILL & JADA PINKETT SMITH's  kids are happy their parents publicly addressed the actress' affair with rapper August Alsina.

JOHNNY DEPP, asleep and covered in ice cream.

A GORGEOUS GREY WOLF becomes a good boy when visited by the people that helped raise their pack.

A CAT, in a raincoat walking gracefully through the rain.

LAND SHARKS: Candygram?

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New Releases, Indie Basement, Gillian Welch & David Rawlings, Plus.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, July 13, 2020 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


LEMON PIPERS: "Green Tambourine."

NEW RELEASES: Paste will point you to Margo Price, My Morning Jacket, Rufus Wainwright, and more.

BILL'S INDIE BASEMENT has Kelley Stoltz, The Beths, Ian Masters, and more.

GILLIAN WELCH & DAVID RAWLINGS dropped a covers LP, All The Good Times.

ELVIS COSTELLO shares "Hetty O'Hara Confidential."

GUIDED BY VOICES shares "To Keep an Area."


THE FLAMING LIPS share a video for "Dinosaurs on the Mountain."

FIONA ADAMS, the photographer behind some of the most recognizable pics of The Beatles, has died at the age of 84.

JUDY DYBLE, a founding member of Fairport Convention and Trader Horne -- and briefly part of Giles, Giles and Fripp who would eventually turn into King Crimson -- has died at age 71 after a battle with lung cancer.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Michael Jackson's iconic, era-defining "Beat It."


WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Your champion is The Empire Strikes Back. Search your feelings, you know it to be true.

30 ROCK has a reunion trailer.

NAYA RIVERA's disappearance still looks like a tragic drowning.

BROOKLYN BECKHAM will reportedly be tying the knot with girlfriend and actress Nicola Peltz.

ARNIE HAMMER and Elizabeth Chambers Hammer have split after 10 years of marriage.

BILL HADER & RACHEL BILSON are dunzo after six months.

THE MONEY PLANE: Everything you want to know about an explosive casino heist in the sky.


THIS BIRD won't let her "mom" out of her sight.

THIS CAT wants indoors.

DON'T ACCEPT PACKAGES from strangers.

RACCOONS visit Washington Week in Review.

KEEP SWIMMING: Huge rays are seen swimming past Florida beachgoers who appear completely unaware of their passing. 

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Three Dog Night, Almost Famous, and Friday Things.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, July 10, 2020 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


...with THREE DOG NIGHT! Once again, I'm enjoying the guilty pleasure of "Eli's Coming" with fellow fans of the late, lamented SportsNight. That, along with memories of The Service's cover of "Shambala" led me to compile a few more, including "Mama Told Me Not to Come," "Joy To The World," "One," "Liar," and "Celebrate."


SORRY plays KEXP from Home.

JACOB COLLIER -- all four of him -- play a Tiny Desk Concert from Home.

THE NATIONAL, Live at Daytrotter in 2007. Includes a cover of the Psychedelic Furs' "Pretty In Pink."


DISCO DEMOLITION NIGHT: This weekend marks the anniversary of Disco Demolition Night, a promo event occurring during a scheduled twi-nite doubleheader between the Chicago White Sox and the Detroit Tigers that would prove to be the most ill-conceived promotional idea since the infamous "Ten Cent Beer Night" in Cleveland in 1974. It's now the subject of a book and this oral history at Chicago magazine.  Though some incorrectly think it had to do with racism, homophobia, etc., the event had much more to do with the fact that Chicago radio station WDAI forced out morning host Steve Dahl o­n Chirstmas Eve 1978, to switch to a disco format. A man who is cashiered wearing a Santa suit tends to carry a grudge. (Indeed, authentic Disco, as it had originated in predominantly black and gay clubs, had already died commercially -- but the genre later found its way onto the Top 40 in the wake of Saturday Night Fever as a trendy white phenomenon; Dahl's critics might consider whether that phase was a cultural apporpriation.) A few months later Dahl re-surfaced at WLUP with "Do You Think I'm Disco?" -- a parody of Rod Stewart's "Do You Think I'm Sexy?" with lyrics that targeted yuppie narcissism and materialism. He also did a bit where he pretended to blow-up disco records, which Mike Veeck, the son of Sox owner (and legendary showman) Bill Veeck, thought could be turned into a promotion in which admission was 98 cents (because WLUP was FM 98) for anyone who brought a disco record to be blown up between the two games. It was far more successful and less controllable than either Dahl or Veeck imagined, with young people storming the park to enter, creating a fog of marijuana smoke in the stands, sailing records like frisbees, throwing firecrackers and ultimately storming the diamond after the scheduled demolition had concluded and Dahl was en route to the announcer's booth for the second game. Footage of the event from from stellamasters, along with the aftermath at FuzzyMemories and this compilation of local news coverage from the night is pretty darned good, with cameos from Bill Kurtis and Greg Gumbel.

THE MENDOZA LINE, remembered at Aquarium Drunkard.

THE BETHS: How New Zealand's favourite pop-rock group made self-doubt their brand.

THE ROLLING STONES are deluxe reissuing Goat's Head Soup.

MADONNA: Nearly 30 years later, Truth Or Dare remains one of the most morally contentious documents of the spoiled, rich white-girl fantasy.


ALMOST FAMOUS: Cameron Crowe and the cast reunite for a 5-part oral history.

JOHNNY DEPP used the blood from the severed tip of his finger to paint messages on a mirror, a court heard Thursday.  Amber Heard's photos of an alleged Depp drug bender were also shown.

STEVE MARTIN writes a lovely tribute to Carl Reiner.

ROBERT DE NIRO says COVID-19 dealt a massive financial blow to his finances (he's worth 500MM).

KANYE WEST is reprotedly in the throes of a serious bipolar episode.

NAYA RIVERA  (Glee) is presumed dead in a suspected drowning.

REOPENING HOLLYWOOD: How Zendaya, John David Washington & ‘Euphoria' Creator Sam Levinson Started and Finished A Secret Movie During The Pandemic.

POINT BREAK: The Silliest Classic Ever Made?

THE FAR SIDE is back.


A HIPPO, having watermelons for the Summer.

A GIANT GRIZZLY, just chillin' with a fisherman.

BABY MACAQUES are snatched from their mothers, chained and forced to harvest up to 1000 coconuts a day.

A DROWNING BABY EAGLE was rescued by a Dad trying to impress his kid.

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