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Michael Nesmith RIP, and Monday.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, December 13, 2021 - 01:57 AM
Posted by: Karl


MICHAEL NESMITH, who rocketed to fame as the contemplative, wool-cap-wearing member of the Monkees in 1966, then went on to a diverse career that included making one of the rock era’s earliest music videos and winning the first Grammy Award for video, died on Friday at his home in Carmel Valley, Calif. He was 78.  And here's the Rolling Stone obit. And the Washington Post on Nesmith's role in inventing country rock.  Stereogum has a cross-section of his work, and Ben Gibbard covering a few.  I'm still partial to "You Just May Be the One" and his singing on "What Am I Doing Hanging Around."

NEW RELEASES: Pitchfork will point you to Aeon Station, Michael Hurley, and more. Also the last regular new releases of the year.

BILL'S INDIE BASEMENT has Bill Callahan & Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, Deep Throat Choir, and more.


PHOEBE BRIDGERS didn't released an LP, but was pretty busy in 2021.

NILS LOFGREN: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview.

THE TOP 20 ALBUMS of 2021, according to NPR listeners.

THE NUMBER ONES ooks at Paula Abdul's final chart-topper, the puffy and optimistic dance-pop track "The Promise Of A New Day."


WEEKEND BOX OFFICE:  West Side Story tops the chart with 10.5MM aganist a 100MM+ budget, which has people praying it has legs given its sterling reviews and "A" CinemaScore.  But it's also a movie that likely appeals most to older and more female audiences that have been slowest to return to theaters at this point in the COVID pandemic/endemic, so news about the Omicron variant is probably what kills or saves this movie.  Encanto places with 9.42MM on a leggy 28 percent drop, as family fare contines to bring folks to the theater.  Ghostbusters: Afterlife shows with 7.1MM on a 38 percent drop as its crossed the 100MM mark during the week.

THE GOLDEN GLOBES have been condemned by Hollywood, but people are still quiety tyring to win them.

NAOMIE HARRIS (of the Bond films) claims she was groped by an A-list star during an audition.

AARON SORKIN defended Succession star Jeremy Strong, whose reportedly intense acting process was recently detailed in a lengthy profile for The New Yorker.

KEANU REEVES has thoughts on VR lomemaking.

HOOK TURNS 30, with retrospectives at The AV Club and Paste.

TITANIC: Did Jack and Rose sink the ship?

ANNE RICE, the best-selling author whose gothic tomes included “Interview with the Vampire,” has died, her son said Sunday.


SIX KOMODO DRAGONS have hatched at the Bronx Zoo.

CATS & DOGS, living together...

WHERE your missing things went.

TINY DOG vs Mountain Lion.

MAN ATTACKED by a gang of otters.

A FRIENDLY, FOUL-MOUTHED CROW befreinds an entire school.

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Aimee Mann and a little Dickens.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, December 10, 2021 - 03:15 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with AIMEE MANN's CHRISTMAS CAROL (profanity warnings): Part One has your Scrooge-y set-up with Michael Penn. Part Two features The Office's John Krasinski. Part Three has Michael Cera. Part Four has John C. Reilly.

ANIMAL COLLECTIVE, Live at Pitchfork.

THE KILLERS visit World Cafe.

PHILIP FROBOS covers Lou Reed and Iggy Pop for a Lagniappe Session.

GROHL & KURSTIN cover KISS's "Rock And Roll All Nite" for Hannukah.

WET LEG plays "Chaise Lounge" for Seth Meyers.

AMERICAN FOOTBALL returns with "Rare Symmetry" and a cover of Mazzy Star's "Fade Into You."


THE NEW PR0NOGRAPHERS, ranked by Paste. ALSO: A track-by-track tour of Mass Romantic.

SNAIL MAIL: Lindsey Jordan's Long, Bumpy Road to Creative Control

AEON STATION: Kevin Whelan looks to a post-Wrens future.

RADIOHEAD: 20 Years After The End Of The World.

STEVE BRONSKI, co-founder and keyboard player in Bronski Beat, has died at the age of 61.


JUSSIE SMOLLETT was found guilty on five of the six counts of disorderly conduct for making false police reports.

JOSH DUGGAR was found guilty on both charges of receipt of child pr0nography and possession of child pr0nography.


COBRA KAI: Season 4 has a trailer online.

ALEC BALDWIN posted an open letter from the Rust film’s crew that pushes back against the narrative that the production was unsafe.

OLIVIA WILDE is profiled by Vogue.

RICHARD E. GRANT said his car has been stolen and used in a ram-raid while he’s stuck in quarantine.


IT'S BEGINNING to look a lot like Christmas.

MEETIING A DOG for the first time.

GERONIMO THE ALPACA: Wrongly put down.

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Robbie Shakespeare RIP, and Thursday.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, December 09, 2021 - 01:00 PM
Posted by: Karl


SHARON JONES & THE DAP-KINGS: “Ain’t No Chimneys In The Projects.” 

NEIL YOUNG breaks down Barn on World Cafe.


PARQUET COURTS share "Marathon of Anger."  And it's kinda... Byrne/Eno?


ROBBIE SHAKESPEARE, acclaimed bassist and record producer, has died at the age of 68. The Jamaican artist was part of the duo Sly and Robbie with Sly Dunbar.

FRIGHTENED RABBIT: Musicians celebrate the late Scott Hutchison's way with words.

EMIL AMOS: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Bryan Adams' maudlin, generic, chart-smashing movie ballad "(Everything I Do) I Do It For You."


ADAM McKAY weighs in on everything under the sun, from his comedy roots to his breakup with Will Ferrell to the sun itself.

JENNIFER ANISTON on the gut punch of the 'Friends' reunion, and more.

ORLANDO BLOOM, on sucking out his baby's snot.

MERYL STREEP didn't know she was the GOAT.

JEOPARDY! is keeping Mayim Bialik and Ken Jennings into 2022.

THE BEST MOVIES OF 2021 (times two), according to The Ringer.



SAMMY THE CORGI hops upstairs.

AN ELK, ringing the doorbell.

THE NEW COUCH comes with a boa constrictor.

DOZENS OF CAMELS were barred from Saudi Arabia’s popular camel beauty pageant over Botox and other artificial touch-ups.

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Steve Miller was right about time. And the pompatous of love. But mostly time.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, December 09, 2021 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE RAVEONETTES' 2011 video for 2001's "The Christmas Song."

MY MORNING JACKET plays CBS This Morning.

TEENAGE FANCLUB joins SUPERCHUNK for "Endless Summer."

COURTNEY BARNETT plays "If I Don't Hear From You Tonight" on Kimmel.

MITSKI shares "Heat Lightning."


THE TOP 50 ALBUMS of 2021, according to Stereogum.

THE TOP 50 ALBUMS of 2021, according to Pitchfork.

THE TOP 50 SONGS of 2021, according to Paste.

THE TOP 25 SONGS of 2021, according to Rolling Stone.

THE TOP 50 SONGS of 2021, according to NME.

THE ROLLING STONES played a secret jazz club gig, paying tribute to Charlie Watts.

DENIS O'BRIEN, who served as George Harrison’s manager for much of the former Beatle’s solo career and with Harrison co-founded the production company that backed such hits as the classic Monty Python’s Life of Brian, has died at age 80.



JAMES CAMERON opened up about his vision for his unmade Spider-Man film.

MICHAEL SHEEN has become a non-profit actor.

THE 20 BEST NETFLIX ORIGINAL MOVIES, according to Slashfilm.

THE GREATEST SCREENPLAYS of the 21st century so far, according to Writers Guild of America West.

THE 101 BEST NYC MOVIES, according to Vulture.


DON'T pet my cat, human.

THE GOAT of goats.

A CAT, on patrol.


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It's cold, like December.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, December 07, 2021 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


GLAM XMAS:  Wizzard's awesome "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day" and Slade's "Merry Christmas Everybody" (1973's UK Xmas No. 1) are your Twofer Tuesday.

SNAIL MAIL has a virtual session at The Current.

LUCY DACUS has a session up at Oxford American.

PRETTY GOOD STUFF: Bob Dylan performances from the last tour of songs from the latest album, Rough and Rowdy Ways.

NEIL YOUNG & CRAZY HORSE share "Welcome Back." (Not the John Sebastian song.)


MAC McCAUGHAN & LAURA BALLANCE discuss how they built Merge Records.


JASON ISBELL, on vaccines, Scorsese, John Prine and the wildest year of his music career.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at EMF's wigged-out, sample-heavy dance-rock rave-up "Unbelievable."


THE MATRIX RESURRECTIONS dropped a second trailer online.

DRAKE has withdrawn his two Grammy nominations, although his motivation was unclear.

TOM HOLLAND says he will star in a Fred Astaier biopic. He's already been dancing on the ceiling.

SHANG-CHI is getting a sequel.

DAVE CAHPPELL will headline a Netflix comedy festival.

COLIN FARRELL has officially signed on to star in and executive produce a series spinoff of “The Batman” in which he would again play The Penguin.

CHARLIE COX, who starred in Netflix's Daredevil, would reprise the role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, according to Kevin Feige.

GWYNETH PALTROW continues to be blissfully unaware of what's going on in the MCU.

CHRIS NOTH, on family, feuds, and Mr. Big.

DECEMBER 7, 1941: A "date which will live in infamy." I'll be watching Tora! Tora! Tora!  BTW, the first nation invaded by the US after entering WWII was Morocco, then Algeria, iirc. War is strange.


A DOGGO, making hs own fun.

THAT'S Catertainment.

GUINEA PIGS, enjoying the long grass.

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