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Elvis Presley, Woodstock, and Friday coming a day early.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, August 13, 2020 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



with ELVIS PRESLEY! The King died on August 16, 1977, but remains a global pop phenomenon, so it's worth a recap of highlights from his legendary career.  For the 30th anniversary, Canada's Star-Phoenix, discussing ten important parts of Elvis history worth reliving, noted: "His was a sequined coat of many colours: '50s Greaser Elvis. Military Elvis. Hollywood Elvis. Aloha from Hawaii Elvis. Vegas Elvis. And, ultimately, Dead Fat Elvis."  The BBC had friend and aide Sonny West recall life with The King. 

ACTION NEWS 5 still has its local coverage from Aug. 16-17, 1977 (here, here, here and here) on the Tube, where you can also see funeral footage from the UK.  Here's read the obit that ran the next day in the Washington Post. Elvis Presley News recaps the international headlines from the event and links to the eulogy at his funeral. On a happier note, check out what is likely the first footage taken of Elvis, with backstage shots of Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash and Buddy Holly in 1955; shades of Walk The Line!  Let's start with his performance of "Hound Dog" o­n The Milton Berle Show six months later, not o­nly because it's historic, but also because Paul Miller and I often reached for it when we would stumble into our KUSR shift at the last minute -- on the broadcast, Uncle Miltie vamped for awhile, which gave us time to pull records for the show.  He was also iconic in "Jailhouse Rock" that year.  Elvis sang a mashup of "Love Me Tender" and "Witchcraft" with Frank Sinatra when he got back from the Army.  All of his movies -- such as "Viva Las Vegas" --made money, but his musical career stalled in the 1960s until he electrified and charmed the public with his televised '68 Comeback Special (Parts One, Two, Three, Four).  1970 finds him singing "In The Ghetto" and "Suspicious Minds" in the jumpsuit, though pre-bloated.  I'm going to throw in "Little Sister" just 'cause I like it.  Sadly, in a few short years, bloated jumpuit Elvis would be delivering a wacked-out take on "Are You Lonesome Tonight?" -- though to be fair, this audio-only version from 1969 is even more demented and he knows it.  I would rather remember Jumpsuit Elvis for the signature horns that open "See See Rider."  a tribute to his enduring legacy as the fact that he could hit the charts decades after his death with a remix of "A Little Less Conversation," a video subtly recalling "Jailhouse Rock," and Paul Oakenfold's remix of "Rubberneckin'"The King may be gone, but the brand lives on, making millions and recruiting new fans under the watchful eyes of Elvis Presley Enterprises and CKX, Inc.

GREETINGS FROM GRACELAND:  It must be said, however, that Elvis Presley Enterprises did not have a good handle on the King's affairs in the years immediately following his death.  Chicago radio personalities Steve Dahl and Garry Meier won a local emmy for their 1981 comedic look at what was then a very seedy exploitation of Elvis in Memphis. (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7.)

MOJO NIXON & SKID ROPER: "Elvis Is Everywhere."

TAYLOR GOLDSMITH of Dawes virtually visits The Current.

WASHED OUT plays KEXP at Home.


THE 100 GREATEST TITLE TRACKS, according to World Cafe.

CEE LO GREEN apologizes after he appeared to criticise Cardi B and Megan The Stallion.

NICK CAVE is not a fan of cancel culture.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Kenny Loggins' stagey and montage-friendly soundtrack jam "Footloose."

WOODSTOCK: On Aug. 15-17, 1969, hundreds of thousands of people gathered in a lovely natural amphitheater in Bethel (not Woodstock), NY for "three days of peace and music," including sets from Crosby, Stills and NashThe Who, Santana, Joe Cocker, Jefferson AirplaneArlo Guthrie, Canned HeatJimi Hendrix, and the proverbial many more. BONUS: The New York Times has extensive 50th anniversary coverage. EXTRA BONUS: Woodstock skepticism from NBC News, BuzzFeedNews, and The Federalist. TRIPLE BONUS: An assessment of Creedence Clearwater Revival's largely forgotten set.


SUMNER REDSTONE, the billionaire entrepreneur who saw business as combat and his advancing years as no obstacle in building a media empire that encompassed CBS and Viacom, died on Tuesday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 97.

MEGXIT: Prince Harry and wife Meghan Markle have secretly bought a private family home in Santa Barbara.

R. KELLY: Three associates of the fallen R&B star were arrested and charged Tuesday with attempting to harass, threaten, intimidate and bribe several of Kelly's alleged victims of sexual abuse.

ED SHEERHAN and his wife, Cherry Seaborn, are expecting their first child.

ROSARIO DAWSON: Moving in with Sen. Cory Booker

CATHERINE HARDWICKE broke records with Twilight. Then Hollywood labeled her "difficult."

THE HIGHEST PAID ACTORS of 2020, according to Forbes.



SENIOR DOGS live out their golden years at Marty's Place.

GOOSE vs COWS: Who You Got?

AVOID HORNY BISON in Yellowstone. The More You Know. Swoosh.

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It's Wednesday. Again.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, August 12, 2020 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



FUNKADELIC: "I Got a Thing" on Upbeat in 1970. The intro and outro are almost as good as the song.

THE LONE BELLOW plays for The Colorado Sound.

UNLOADED: Aquarium Drunkard has an alternate version of The Velvet Underground's Loaded via some tasty live recordings, rehearsal tapes, backstage jams and other obscurities.

THE MOUNTAIN GOATS return (already!) with "As Many Candles As Possible."

THROWING MUSES share "Frosting."

THE EELS share "Baby Let's Make It Real."


IDLES share a video for "Model Village" directed by Michel Gondry.

CHRISSIE HYNDE of the Pretenders talks demos, songwriting and more.

CEE LO GREEN, offering up lessons from the past for the kids of the future.

20 ESSENTIAL GRATEFUL DEAD SHOWS, according to David Fricke.

THE 100 BEST SPRINGSTEEN SONGS, according to Steven Hyden.


TRINI LOPEZ, the pop singer and guitarist who also acted in Robert Aldrich's "The Dirty Dozen," died Tuesday of complications from COVID-19.

HAMILTON dwarfed anything on Netflix at the time.

THE ROCK shared a Black Adam teaser trailer.

THE FRESH PRINCE OF BEL AIR is rebooting as a drama?

STAR TREK is on the back burner at Paramount.

RUBY ROSE explains quitting Batwoman.

EYES WIDE SHUT, but with Woody Allen or Bill Murray.

CLINT EASTWOOD: Breaking Down a Totally Unique Career.



A MASSIVE SNAKE on an NYC subway platform.

WILD BEAVERS have a huge victory in England.

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A Pandemic, A Riot, A Derecho, and yet... Tuesday Things.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, August 11, 2020 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


TOM JONES sung "It's Not Unusual" and "If He Should Ever Leave You" on Canadian Idol, which opened with some great archival footage.

LINDSEY BUCKINGHAM sings a four-song acoustic set, his first public set since suffering vocal chord damage after heart surgery.

AMANDA SHIRES & JASON ISBELL cover Bon Iver, Richard Buckner, and Derek & The Dominos.

THE WHO, Live at Shea Stadium, 1982.

GLENN MERCER covers the Velvet Underground's "Here She Comes Now," one of the few VU tunes not covered by Mercer's band, The Feelies.


TED LEO and friends cover The Replacements' "Kids Don't Follow." (NSFW.)

THE ROLLING STONES and... The War on Drugs?

THE SOUND: An underrated post-punk combo fronted by Adrian Borland.

18 MUST-HEAR FOLK LPs of 2020 (So Far), according to Brooklyn Vegan.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Van Halen's strutting, preening synth-rocker "Jump."


CHRIS PRATT & KATHERINE SCHWARZENEGGER welcomed their first child together.

KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON: Scorsese's Western, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro, starts filming in February.

ANTONIO BANDERAS tested positive for the coronavirus.

SIMON COWELL is lucky not to be paralyzed after a horrific bike crash, breaking his back in three places.

ANGELINA JOLIE asked Monday that the private judge overseeing her divorce from Brad Pitt be disqualified from the case because of insufficient disclosures of his business relationships with one of Pitt’s attorneys.

MacGRUBER is coming to Peacock as a series.

SHIA LeEBEOUF may be coming to the MCU.

TRON 3: Garth Davis has been tapped to direct the pic starring Jared Leto.

ZAC EFRON is on board to star in a Three Men and a Baby remake.


CAT vs DOG: The eternal struggle.

MARU & HANA working differnt containers.

NO KEVIN, DON'T... not until we know what it wants.

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New Releases, Indie Basement, Robyn Hitchcock, and Monday.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, August 10, 2020 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


PILOT works their "Magic" on TOTP.

NEW RELEASES: Paste will point you to Jason Moina, Glass Animals, The Microphones (Phil Elverum) and more.

BILL'S INDIE BASEMENT has Billy Nomates, Ganser, a New Order box set, and more.

ROBYN HITCHCOCK puts out a collection of demos and rarities, incl a cover of Pink Floyd's "Arnold Layne."

DAVE GROHL joins INARA GEORGE for "Sex in Cars."


TANYA DONNELLY talks about her new covers album.

THE BEST EPs of 2020 (So Far) according to Paste.

ELLIOT SMITH's TOP 10, according to PopDust.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Culture Club's early-MTV staple "Karma Chameleon."


"WEEKEND BOX OFFICE": The Tax Collector topped the chart with 317K.

SIMON COWELL broke his back after falling off an electric bike at his Malibu home on Saturday.

GHISLAINE MAXWELL was “giddy as a schoolgirl” after performing oral sex on actor George Clooney in a bathroom at a show business event, according to a report Friday.

KRISTEN WIIG talks about taking on two life-changing roles this year: Wonder Woman's nemesis, and new mom. 

BEN AFFLECK has signed on to direct The Big Goodbye, the behind-the-scenes story of the 1974 film noir classic Chinatown.

KNIGHT RIDER may get a big screen reboot from James Wan.

MADONNA & DIABLO CODY are writing a screenplay.

CADDYSHACK AT 40: A Swan Song For Boomer Innocence?


A TINY PUPPER who couldn't stand on her own learns how to run.

WHAT NOT TO DO when a bear attacks.

GEESE, set to The Imperial March.

THIS SEAGULL is obviously an experienced shoplifter.

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John Hughes, andThursday Things.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, August 06, 2020 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with JOHN HUGHES! The sportos, motorheads, geeks, sluts, buds, wasteoids, dweebies and dickheads, they all adore him. They think he's a righteous dude. The writer/director behind Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Weird Science, National Lampoon's Vacation movies, Home Alone, Planes, Trains & Automobiles and many more died Aug 6, 2009.  Hughes masterfully married music to movies, so I pay video tribute to him today, starting (of course) with "Don't You Forget About Me" by Simple Minds from The Breakfast Club (the drumming o­n this song is impeccable), and Karla DeVito's "We Are Not Alone," along with the Ramones playing "Blitzkrieg Bop" (from National Lampoon's Vacation), David Bowie's "Young Americans" and The Vapors o­ne-hit wonder, "Turning Japanese" and Billy Idol's "Rebel Yell" (all from Sixteen Candles, which opens to a clip of veteran WLS DJs Larry Lujack and Tommy Edwards), Van Halen's cover of "(Oh) Pretty Woman" and General Public's "Tenderness" (both from Weird Science), the Psychedelic Furs re-recorded title track from Pretty In Pink, which also featured Jon Cryer lip-synching to Otis Redding's "Try A Little Tenderness" (that last clip is a blistering live take from the 1967 Stax tour -- and excellent, btw), The Smiths' "Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want" (a Hughes perennial; here, the Dream Academy cover from FBDO), and OMD's "If You Leave," plus two more from Ferris Bueller's Day Off, "Danke Schoen" and "Twist and Shout" (which was shot o­n Dearborn and Randolph Streets in Chicago, with International Polka Queen Vlasta atop the float, though Cameron and Sloane were in front of the Post Office down the street), plus Yello's unforgettable-no-matter-how-you-try "Oh, Yeah." Videos are scarce for Some Kind of Wonderful, but I found Flesh for Lulu's "I Go Crazy" and the March Violets' take on the Stones' "Miss Amanda Jones."  BONUS: Molly Ringwald's post-MeToo re-evaluation of the films that made her career.


DIRTY PROJECTORS visit with World Cafe.

BON IVER shares "AUATC," with contributions from Bruce Springsteen, Jenny Lewis and others.

CREAM syncs "I Feel Free" at the Beat Club.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at former prog overlords Yes's unlikely synth-rock blockbuster "Owner Of A Lonely Heart."

REN & STIMPY are getting rebooted with a new creative team.

PRINCE ANDREW faces fresh allegations in newly released court documents in the Jeffrey Epstein case.

BEN AFFLECK & ANA de ARMAS can't keep their hands off each other.

ZOE SALDANA apologizes for playing Nina Simone.

I AM WOMAN: A Helen Reddy biopic has a trailer online.

JAKE PAUL was raided by the FBI.

WHO'S THE BOSS? A sequel with Tony Danza and Alyssa Milano is in the works.

COYOTE UGLY: An Oral History.

THE FIRST ATOMIC BOMB WAS DROPPED ON HIROSHIMA on this date in 1945. The act that ushered in the nuclear age, but also helped end World War II, still stokes controversy. Three men involved in the attack o­n Hiroshima share their memories with the BBC. Film showing the effects of the attack was classified for decades, as were the complete (unredacted) "Magic" military intercepts, which tend to show Japan was not about to surrender. Those interested in a relatively neutral view of the events leading to the bombing could do worse than 1995's Hiroshima, a joint Canadian-Japanese production for Showtime.  Hard to find tho. 

A FERRET and a ball drop.

A CAT jumps a stream in slo-mo.

ANOTHER CAT escaped prison after being found with two grams of heroin, two SIM cards, and a memory chip hidden in a plastic bag tied to its collar.

A SQUIRREL, stymied by an escalator.

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