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We refer to long weekends when we should really focus on the short ones.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, June 14, 2021 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


EDDIE COCHRAN: "Summertime Blues." Ain't no cure for 'em.

NEW RELEASES: Paste will point you to Sleater-Kinney, Garbage, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, and more.

BILL'S INDIE BASEMENT has Cold Cave, The Scientists, and more.


NICK CAVE, on getting dumped by PJ Harvey.

THE FIRST AID KIT, on their live tribute album to Leonard Cohen, Who By Fire.

GARBAGE: Shirley Manson discusses becoming a Terminator, kissing Elijah Wood, playing with Fiona Apple, and more.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Will To Power's "Baby, I Love Your Way / Freebird Medley (Free Baby)," a deeply awkward synth-gloop fusion of two '70s arena ballads.


WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: A Quiet Place Part II edged out Lin-Manuel Miranda's musical In the Heights for the top spot at the weekend box office by 11.7MM to 11.4MM, a surprise in a a debut lower than a bunch of post-pandemic releases (one has to wonder about how much HBOMax is draining from these big WB pics). Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway showed with a 10.4MM debut, which was also likely a disappointment.  But A Quiet Place Part II also became the first film to pass 100MM domestic.

NED BEATTY, who made an indelible first impression in Deliverance before turning in noteworthy efforts in Nashville, Network and Homicide: Life on the Street as one of the most respected character actors of his time, has died. He was 83. BONUS: How Beatty landed his role in Network.

FRIENDS: THE REUNION drove more HBOMax subscriptions thanits first run blockbusters.

BENNIFER: Reunited in L.A.

TOM HANKS: Not woke enough?

QUEEN ELIZABETH II cut a cake with a sword.

LINDSAY LOHAN: Rising Again?

RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK: Four 40th Anniversary Secrets.

BILL MURRAY offered a rousing performance of ‘Take Me Out To The Ball Game' at his beloved Chicago Cubs' fully reopened Wrigley Field.


LOBSTER DIVER survived being swallowed by humpback whale.

GEE'S GOLDEN LANGHUR works hard to avoid human interactions, making them extremely difficult to observe.

PARROT plays peek-a-boo, gets a surprise.

ROLL with the Tumbin' Tumbleweeds.

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Sly Stone, and Friday Things.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, June 11, 2021 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



SLY & THE FAMILY STONE rip through a medley of "Everyday People" and "Dance to the Music," plus "Hot Fun in the Summertime," "Don't Call Me N*gger, Whitey," and "I Want to Take You Higher" on network TV, circa 1969.

KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD: Stream their surprise release, Butterfly 300, while Stu Mackenzie talks about fatherhood, butterflies, the Bee Gees and more.

WOLF ALICE visits The Current.

ILLUMINATI HOTTIES kick off the summer with "Pool Hopping."

WIRE: Bruce Gilbert and Colin Newman give a rare interview to SPIN.

"MISS YOU" is not really the best Rolling Stones song, but there's a case for it.

GEORGE HARRISON's All Things Must Pass is getting a deluxe reissue, with almost 50 new tracks.

NIRVANA's survivors have made music, but we're unlikely to hear it.

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


BENNIFER: Affleck hits Vegas with J-Lo's mother.

MEGXIT: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are trying their best to keep things civil with the royal family.

LORD OF THE RINGS is going Anime.

JURASSIC WORLD: DOMINION will be a globe-hopping affair.

GOSSIP GIRL: The reboot has a trailer online.

MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE: REVELATION has a trailer online, courtesy of Kevin Smith.

KATE HUDSON has a diet tip.

THE BINGE RELEASE SHAPE: The Streaming Ratings Report.


A SEA OTTER temperature check attracts Ryan Reynolds.

A BRAVE Pupper.

A HAPPY Wild Dolphin.

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This will be brief.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, June 10, 2021 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


I MEAN, I haven't even seen the Loki premmiere yet. What is the world coming to?

AEROSMITH: "Train Kept A-Rollin'" At least until Midnight.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Bon Jovi's shamelessly horny glam-metal singalong "Bad Medicine."

KANYE WEST rebounds with Irina Shayk.

BENNIFER: Jennifer Garner weighs in?

MEGXIT: The Queen was not asked by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex about naming their daughter Lilibet.

STRANGER THINGS announces new cast members.

JESSICA CHASTAIN becomes Tammy Faye Baker.

LILY JAMES & SEBASTIAN STAN become Pam Anderson and Tommy Lee.

VANESSA WILLIAMS on Surviving her 1980s Miss America Scandal.

BOX CAT, slight return.

MEANWHILE, in Alaska...

DOGGO & SON watch a caterpillar.

SCIENTISTS are trying to get dogs to live longer so humans can, too.

DOG ejected from car during Sunday crash found on sheep farm, herding sheep.

Moar Tomorrow, probably.

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Nice.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, June 09, 2021 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


CARL DOUGLAS, with the classic "Kung Fu Fighting."

GOAT GIRL visits World Cafe.

SUGAR CANDY MOUNTAIN covers the nonpareil oeuvre of Serge Gainsbourg for a Lagniappe Session.

WHITE DENIM shares "Crystal Bullets."

LINDSEY BUCKINGHAM shares "I Don't Mind."(Also, his wife is going her own way.)

LUCY DACUS shares "Brando."

WOLF ALICE shares "The Beach."

GARY LOURIS talks about his second solo album in 25 years, the Jayhawks, and more.

TAME IMPALA, on headlining Coachella, isolation, and a decade of Innerspeaker.

THE 50 BEST ALBUMS of 2021 (So Far), per Stereogum.


KATE WINSLET said she believes “things are changing” for women in Hollywood.

KEIRA KNIGHTLEY wonders out loud why it never occurred to her before to call out the misogyny she has personally experienced.

CHRIS HARRISON has exited the Bachelor(ette) franchise for good.  How much was he paid off?

ELIZABETH OLSEN and KALEY CUOCO binge watch each other.

CHRISTINE is headed back to the big screen.

ROB ZOMBIE is taking on The Munsters.

THE FUTURE OF STUDIO GHIBLI: Investigating the animation giant's bold new direction.

RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK: Why the "Indy Doesn't Matter" Criticism Needs to Be Put in the Ground. ALSO: Paul Freeman talks Belloq.


A HORSE WITH NO NAME never looked this good.


A BABY SQUID is headed for space.

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Well, this week escalated quickly.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, June 08, 2021 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


URGE OVERKILL: Their killer '93 single "Sister Havana" and their even more famous cover of Neil Diamond's "Girl, You'll Be A Woman Soon" are your Twofer Tuesday.

TOM JONES plays a Tiny Desk Concert.

LIZ PHAIR plays World Cafe.

JAPANESE BREAKFAST and the ambiguities of joy.

SINEAD O'CONNOR is retiring.

THE B-52s' KATE PIERSON is selling her Love Shack.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at the Escape Club's mostly forgotten, extremely of-its-moment dance-rock hit "Wild, Wild West."


CAREY MULLIGAN & ZOE KAZAN are set to play the New York Times reporters who broke the Harvey Weinstein scandal in a new film.

NO SUDDEN MOVE, a period heist flick from Steven Soderbergh, has a trailer online.

TIM BURTON composed his film score for Batman in an airplane bathroom.

JOAQUIN PHOENIX won't force his son with Mara Rooney to be vegan.

RITA MORENO on 'West Side Story' and Becoming The Role Model She Needed.

ELLIE KEMPER has spoken out about her past participation in a controversial Missouri debutante ball in 1999.



CUDDLE TIME, not play time.

A MOOSE, beating the summer heat.

BABY GOATS at the playground.

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