THE NEW YEAR HOLIDAY STARTS HERE:
...with THE BEAT FARMERS! Making a tradition of this more sober than usual, professionally-shot, early BF gig recorded at Universal Studios, including "There She Goes Again" (VU); "Road to Ruin," "Bigger Fool," "Reason to Believe" (Springsteen), "Powderfinger" (N. Young), "Happy Boy," "Big Ugly Wheels," "Bigger Stones," "Gun Sale at the Church," "Dallas Blues," "I Wanna Be Free," "Lakeside Trailer Park," "Death Train," and "Seven Year Itch." If you're new to the band, my picks would be "Bigger Stones," "Happy Boy" and the cover of your choice. BONUS: Now how much would you pay? But wait... there's more! If you really want to see someone put the "bar" in "bar band," watch these NSFW clips from Houston, TX of the late Country Dick Montana leading the band through "Lucille" (K. Rogers) -- complete with his favorite beer bottle stunts -- followed by "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Wino," "Are You Drinkin' With Me, Jesus?" and "Mondo." SUPER-SPECIAL BONUS: Country Dick rolls out "California Kid" and "Anarchy in the UK" (Language warning).
THE JAYHAWKS, Live at the Palace Theater.
WFUV'S HOLIDAY CHEER includes mini-sets from Yola, Mumford & Sons, Nathaniel Rateliff, and Mavis Staples.
THE CACTUS BLOSSOMS perform a Microshow at St. Paul's Virginia Street Church.
JON PRATT covers Charlie Brown's "Wrap Yourself in a Christmas Package."
U2: Crushingly obvious, I know.
NICK CAVE & SHANE MacGOWAN: "What a Wonderful World."
ABBA wishes you a "Happy New Year," but it doesn't sound anywhere as celebratory as "Take A Chance On Me."
THE MOUNTAIN GOATS perform "This Year" at the M-Shop in Ames, IA.
OTIS & CARLA have a "New Year's Resolution."CLAUDE PATE: Don't forget you can stream "New Year" on the Tube, with comments from a member of The Eclectics and Friend of Pate Ken King.
JOE JACKSON: Pate frequently attempted "One More Time" to often hilarious effect, so today I stick with Joe's early material, including "Sunday Papers" live on the OGWT, "Kinda Kute" on the Kenny Everett Video Show, and a Beat Crazy-era run of "On Your Radio." The Rock Goes To College show provides live takes on "It's Different For Girls," "I'm The Man," and this pulsing version of his signature "Is She Really Going Out With Him?" BONUS: The appropos finale, "Got The Time?
FLUXBLOG's epic 2019 Survey Mix, with three bonus thematic mixes.
CHRISTMAS reunited during Yo La Tengo's Hannukah run.
THE BEST REISSUES & ARCHIVAL ALBUMS of 2019, according to NPR.
THE PITCHFORK READERS' POLL results for 2019.
THE NUMBER ONES looks at the Rolling Stones' masterful disco-era adaptation "Miss You," the Commodores' "Three Times A Lady" (a successful piece of pure, distilled romantic gloop), and Frankie Valli's slick and strange aquarian disco theme song "Grease."
IN MEMORIAM: Bands We Lost in 2019.
DAVE RILEY, bassist for the punk band Big Black, has died at 59.
SLEEPY LA BEEF, a beloved rockabilly veteran active since the 1950s, died December 26 at the age of 84.
THE SUNDAY LONGREADS' Best of 2019. BONUS: One of the listed authors, Katherine Miller, also curates a Best of 2019.
THE ZOMBIES: "This Will Be Our Year."
THE BEST TV PERFORMANCES of the Decade, according to Variety.
GLENN KENNY'S TOP 25 Films of 2019, and others.
A FRANK CONVERSATION WITH A RABBI About Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.
SUE LYON, who at 14 was cast in the title role of Stanley Kubrick’s “Lolita,” a film version of Vladimir Nabokov’s eyebrow-raising novel about a middle-aged man who becomes obsessed with a 12-year-old girl, died on Thursday in Los Angeles. She was 73.
JERRY HERMAN, who wrote the cheerful, good-natured music and lyrics for such classic shows as “Mame,” “Hello, Dolly!” and “La Cage aux Folles,” died Thursday. He was 88.
LEE MENDELSON, the longtime producer of 'Peanuts' TV specials who wrote the lyrics for the yuletide classic "Christmas Time Is Here," died on Christmas Day at the age of 86.
DON IMUS, who tested the limits of shock radio with his irreverent attacks on celebrities, politicians, racial and ethnic groups, women, gay people and practically anyone whose head stuck up out of the foxhole, died on Friday in College Station, Texas. He was 79.
WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker easily repeats atop the chart with 72MM on a 60 percent drop.That seems steep, but not as steep as The Last Jedi's slide and Episode IX seems set to surpass Episode VIII at this point in its run, despite opening 20 percent lower. That said, it may top out about where TLJ did, at 620MM domestic. Jumanji: The Next Level places with another 35.3MM on a 33 percent rise for the post-Christmas frame. Little Women shows with 15.5MM and a 29MM total since its opening. Frozen II holds its own in the fourth slot with 16.5MM with a 27 percent post-holiday bump. Spies In Disguise rounds out the Top Five with 13.2MM (better than the Ferdinand movie that opened in this frame in 2017). Below the fold, Cats continues to bomb and is set to lose around 71MM.
MEOWHAMMAD ALI, the cat superman.
A WHITE MOOSE, hanging out at the creek.
BROOKLYN'S SUBWAY RACCOON continues to evade capture.
QUICK! Blend In!
THE GOAT is just for starters.
IVAN KISLOV, a Russian mining engineer, spends his work breaks taking stunning photos of foxes.
A MINOT MAN stops a mountain lion at close range.
CHINESE PIG FARMERS used jammers to stop drones sent by criminal gangs to infect their pigs with swine fever. It was discovered when it started to affect civilian flights' navigation.