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Busy pre-holiday weekend, but I have a few Things.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, July 01, 2019 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Toy Story 4 tops the chart with 58MM on a 52 percent drop from its debut; its domesic haul, boosted by strong weekday numbers, stands at 237MM, ahead of Toy Story 3's 226.8MMin its second frame. The long holdiday weekend should be good to Pixar.  Annabelle Comes Home places with 20.3MM, the lowest opening of The Conjuring universe; it will still profit against a reported 27MM budget, but look for this franchise to either slow its realeases or cut back on its budgets. Yesterday shows with 17MM against a 26MM budget; despite meh reviews, this could be Danny Boyle's most successful film after Slumdog Millionaire.  The Aladdin reboot breaks the 300MM mark domestically, grossing another 9.3MM in the fourth slot on a 29 percent drop.  The Secret Life of Pets 2 rounds out the Top Five with another 7MM on a 31 percent drop; it's vastly underperforming the original, but is still likely to profit.

TAYLOR SWIFT's catalog has been sold and she's none too happy about it.

SOPHIE TURNER & JOE JONAS had a second wedding ceremony in France.

ZOE KRAVITZ and Karl Glusman also had a second marriage ceremony in France; this one was at Lenny's pad in Paris.

TINA TURNER talked to CBS Sunday Morning about her voice, finding serenity and losing a son.

GAME OF THRONES' George R.R. martin is concerned about toxic fandom.

LORI LAUGHLIN is reportedly second-guessing a decision to turn down a plea deal in the college admissions scandal despite her belief that this is all a “huge misunderstanding.”

Should be back tomorrow with the regular portion, barring the unforeseen.

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Power Pop (Slight Return), Thom Yorke, BOCC, Metric, Skate Cats   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, June 28, 2019 - 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."

THOM YORKE is streaming ANIMA.

BETTER OBLIVION COMMUNITY CENTER: Phoebe Bridgers & Conor Oberst visit KEXP.


LIAM GALLAGHER shares a new song, "The River."

THE SOFT CAVALRY shares “Never Be Without You.”

THE ISLEY BROTHERS: "Shout." Shindig. Friday. A little bit louder now.

THE BEST ALBUMS and SONGS of 2019, according to the NPR Music staff.

BOB MOULD, on coming out late in life: ‘Why didn't I do this a little sooner?’

RANCID, ranked by Brooklyn Vegan.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Linda Rondstadt's country-rock version fo the 1963 oldie "You're No Good."

NOW SHOWING:This weekend's wide realeases are Annabelle Comes Home, which is currently scoring 67 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; and Yesterday, which is scoring 63 percent. Avengers: Endgame boosts screens and adds an end credits scene in hopes of dethroning Avatar as the all-time domestic champ.

IDRIS ELBA is the cover story at Vanity Fair.

AMANDA BYNES may have graduated from  fashion school, she continues to seek treatment at a facility for her mental health struggles.

PAUL RUDD joins the Ghostbusters reboot.

SPIDER-MAN: Premiere Night at the Roxbury.

ONE DAY AT A TIME, canceled by Netflix, will get a fourth season at something called Pop TV before it airs on CBS (the network that aired the original version of the show).

ZOMBIE TIDAL WAVE: The Sharknado team is getting back together.

MAX WRIGHT, best known for playing patriarch Willie Tanner on the sitcom Alf, died Wednesday. He was 75.

CATS, skateboarding into a parking garage, presumably for some ramp action.

DUKE THE DOG is tubbing for the weekend.

SAY HELLO to my little friend...

A UTAH WOMAN was charged with letting her cat lounge on the front lawn.

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Betty Who, Ben Dickey, Faye Webster, Scooby Snack Theft   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE BLACK HOLLIES with the grainy, garagey "Tell Me What You Want".

BETTY WHO plays a Tiny Desk Concert.

BEN DICKEY visits World Cafe.

FAYE WEBSTER visits The Current.

NORTH MISSISSIPPI ALLSTARS & MAVIS STAPLES share The Staple Singers’ classic “What You Gonna Do?"

REDD KROSS shares "What's a Boy to Do?"

THE DRUMS share "Try."


KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD share the thrashy "Organ Farmer."

TOM WAITS on His Dream Dinner Party, His Legacy, and More.

SHEARWATER's Jonathan Meiberg talks to Goatpalace. (Thx, Frank Yang.)

THE BEST of 2019, according to renowned Chicago (via NJ & NY) music critics Greg Kot and Jim Derogatis.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at the Ohio Players' nasty funk workout "Fire."


EMMA STONE slipped and fell, spinning off big rumors.

BRITNEY SPEARS' conservatorship is suing the "Free Britney" movement's leader.

KATY PERRY & ORLANDO BLOOM are full speed ahead on wedding plans.

TOM HIDDLESTON on Life Before and After Loki.

TOM HOLLAND talks about being cut from Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse.

DANNY BOYLE on Yesterday, Bond 25, and The Beatles.

KEVIN SMITH responds to his critics, perhaps surprisingly.

BILLY DRAGO, who often played the charming but evil villain role and appeared in Brian De Palma’s The Untouchables and Clint Eastwood’s Pale Rider, died Monday in Los Angeles of complications from a stroke. He was 73.


SCOOBY SNACK snatch and grab.

TARANTULAS can swim.

ZOMBIE CICADAS: A fungus that is infecting cicadas, causing them to lose their minds, and their limbs.

THE ARIZONA BARK SCORPION carries her young on her back for the first few weeks of life. Like a schoolbus with pincers.

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Local Natives, Jonathan Rice, Mike Adams, Lynx   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, June 26, 2019 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


SOUTHSIDE JOHNNY & THE ASBURY JUKES play "Love on the Wrong Side of Town" for OGWT

LOCAL NATIVES visits Morning Becomes Eclectic.

JONATHAN RICE visits World Cafe.

MIKE ADAMS covers Electric Light Orchestra, Erin Tobey, Julieta Venegas, and The Wonders for a Lagniappe Session.

OH SEES share a new 21-minute psychedelic freakout: "Henchlock."

BRITTANY HOWARD of the Alabama Shakes shares "History Repeats."


PETER BUCK & SCOTT McCAUGHEY joined YO LA TENGO for Roky Erickson’s “Starry Eyes” and The Rolling Stones’ “19th Nervous Breakdown.”

R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe apparently has 18 solo songs ready to go.

THE DAY THE MUSIC BURNED: The NYT has identified 700 additional artists whose masters were destroyed in the 2008 Universal fire.

SPOON's Britt Daniel on their greatest hits, David Bowie, Pete Buttigieg, a new album, and more.

THE BANGLES' Susanna Hoffs describes how Prince worked his magic on the song "Manic Monday."

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Neil Sedaka's almost offensively bland "Laughter In The Rain."


GAME OF THRONES: Last Days On Set (and parting gifts).

CARDI B pleaded not guilty in state court Tuesday to attempted assault and various lesser charges.

AZIZ ANSARI plans to marry Danish physicist Serena Skov Campbell.

AMANDA BYNES has graduated from California's Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising after nearly five years of studying.

RYAN MURPHY will direct and produce the feature adaptation of the Tony-nominated stage musical The Prom and has secured a cast that puts Netflix in new starpower territory.

JUDI DENCH has spoken of her “agony” at the thought that the works of Kevin Spacey and Harvey Weinstein will be forgotten.

LEONARDO DiCAPRIO takes it in the face.

FARRAH FAWCETT-MAJORS died 10 years ago; Jaclyn Smith remembers her.

THE CURRENT WAR, long delayed due to the Weinstein scandal, has a trailer online.


A LYNX adopts three orphan kittens.

PUPPER takes a shower.

A KANGAROO is on the lam on I-41 in Grand Chute Wisconsin.

THE LAST OF ITS KIND: David Sischo is keeping vigil over a species' sole survivor, then marking its extinction in real time.

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Weyes Blood, Cactus Blossoms, Horse Jumper of Love, Lion Escape Drill   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, June 25, 2019 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE YOUNG FRESH FELLOWS, cranking out "I Don't Let The Little Things Get Me Down" and "Rock & Roll Pest Control" raw for Twofer Tuesday.

WEYES BLOOD visits Morning Becomes Eclectic.


HORSE JUMPER OF LOVE advance streams So Divine.

LAURA STEVENSON covers Wilco's "Jesus, Etc."


METRONOMY shares “Salted Caramel Ice Cream.”

THE BEACH BOYS early catalog gets almost three hours of analysis and discussion on the latest Political Beats with Reason magazine's Matt Welch. The podcast refers to Jeff Blehar's epic tweetstorm on the band.

PETER BUCK is the sort of guy who will fly into town for a surprise visit to a R.E.M. podcast.

ELTON JOHN was awarded France’s highest civilian award, the Legion d’Honneur.

A BITTERSWEET SAGA: How Richard Ashcroft Lost And Won Back The Songwriting Rights To His Signature Tune.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at the Carpenters' toothless and pointless cover of the Marvelettes' Motown classic "Please Mr. Postman."


TOY STORY 4: How are the toys alive?

SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME director Jon Watts drops a probable Mysterio spoiler.

ALICE COOPER clarified his recent comments that he has a “death pact” with his wife Sheryl Goddard.

ROSEANNE BARR & ANDREW DICE CLAY are touring together. What could possibly go wrong?

MARK HAMILL: Child's Play hasthrown light on his career as a voice actor.


TOBE ZOO in southwest Japan holds a lion escape drill.

IT'S SPIDER SEASON in Australia.

A NEWBORN GIRAFFE is skipping taking its first steps while walking, choosing to run around its enclosure with its mom instead—just one day after being born.

97 BELUGAS & ORCAS trapped in a notorious Russia ‘whale jail’ are on the path to freedom.

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