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Wilford Brimley and Alan Parker RIP, plus Monday Things.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, August 03, 2020 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE PIPETTES: "Your Kisses are Wasted On Me." Before it all went wrong. Sigh.

NEW RELEASES: Paste will point you to Land of Talk, Madeline Kenney, Wye Oak, and more.

BILL'S INDIE BASEMENT has Fontaines DC, The Psychedelic Furs, St Etienne-curated 70s music, and more.

THE GO-GOS return with "Club Zero."

SEMISONIC returns with "All It Would Take."

TANYA DONNELLY & THE PARKINGTON SISYTERS cover Margaret O'Hara's "You Will Be Loved."


THE PSYCHEDELIC FURS: Richard Bulter talks to NPR about drinking backstage during the band's heyday, its fan base before and after the song "Pretty In Pink" was used in the John Hughes movie and its journey back to making new music.

LAND OF TALK discuss 10 songs that influenced their new album.

DAVID BYRNE talks music and architecture. No food?

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Lionel Richie's international party jam "All Night Long (All Night)."


WILFORD BRIMLEY, a portly actor with a walrus mustache who found his niche playing cantankerous coots in “Absence of Malice,” “The Natural,” “Cocoon” and other films, died on Saturday in a hospital in St. George, Utah. He was 85. Can't believe the NYT left out Hard Target.  And the Brimley/Cocoon Line, recently crossed by Matthew McConnaughey.

ALAN PARKER, the British director whose exceptionally wide-ranging oeuvre ranged from "Bugsy Malone" to "Mississippi Burning," from "Midnight Express" to "Pink Floyd: The Wall," has died. He was 76.

JAMES MURDOCH resigned from the board of the newspaper publisher News Corp, severing his last corporate tie to his father’s global media empire.

NBC INSIDERS allege that NBC Entertainment chairman Paul Telegdy engaged in racist, sexist and homophobic behavior: "It was par for the course."

TOPHER GRACE & ASHLEY HINSHAW welcome their second child.

THE GREEN HORNET: Kevin Smth's next cartoon project.

BRYAN SINGER'S Traumatic 'X-Men' Set: The Movie "Created a Monster."


A 14-YEAR-OLD GOLDEN RETRIEVER sneaks out of his house every day to visit his next-door neighbors.

IF TIK TOK GETS BANNED, where will we see this?

MONGO ONLY PAWN IN GAME OF LIFE: Man Arrested For Punching Police Horse Outside Cowboy Coast Saloon In Ocean City, Maryland.

MURDER HORNETS come to Washington State.

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Music Television and Friday Things.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, July 31, 2020 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



with MUSIC TELEVISION!  The cable phenom debuted on tomorrow's date in 1981. The first four hours included The Buggles' "Video Killed the Radio Star," while the rest of the first day included Pat Benatar's cover of "You Better Run," Rod Stewart's "She Won't Dance With Me," The Who's "You Better You Bet," PH.D's ""Little Susie's On The Up," Cliff Richard's "We Don't Talk Anymore," The Pretenders' "Brass In Pocket", Todd Rundgren's "Time Heals", REO Speedwagon's "Take It On The Run," Styx's "Rockin' The Paradise", and many more.

PERFUME GENIUS visits World Cafe.

THE BETHS play KEXP from home.

DIZZY visits Soundcheck from Canada.


LAURA VEIRS shares a video for "Burn Too Bright," dedicated to the late Richard Swift.

MATT BERNINGER & PHOEBE BRIDGERS discuss what goes into their lyrics, what doesn't, and why everything means everything all the time.

LIZ PHAIR & ALANIS MORISSETTE talk songwriting during an apocalypse and rock-star self-care.

THE KILLERS say they're investigating a sexual misconduct claim involving members of their 2009 touring crew.

AVI BUFFALO has been accused of rape by a former bandmate. Citing the allegations, Sub Pop has pulled Avi Buffalo's music.

IAN SVENONIUS posted a confession of his own "inappropriate" behavior on Instagram. Merge Records has decided to cut ties with him.

TAYLOR SWIFT FANS doxxed a Pitchfork reviewer for giving Folklore an 8... and the reviewer doesn't even make the score.


KIM KARDASHIAN & KANYE WEST reportedly are living separate lives as their future hangs in the balance.

AMBER HEARD's MOM confided that Elon Musk bugged the Tesla he gifted the actress, admitted she preferred ‘angel’ Johnny Depp to the ‘controlling’ billionaire and wished the couple would reconcile.

THE EMMYS are going virtual.

ELLEN DeGENERES addressed alleged workplace misconduct in a letter to her crew.

MATTHEW McCONNAUGHEY is releasing a memoir.

BRYAN CRANSTON revealed that he has recovered after testing positive for the novel coronavirus.

A TV WASTELAND IS COMING: Prepare Your Rewatches Accordingly.

M NIGHT SHYAMALAN talks Signs, which debuted on Aug 2, 2002.

RYAN REYNOLDS reunited a woman with a very special stolen teddy bear.


ONE DAY, a hole will open up in the sky and we'll all look up and this will happen.

HE'S BEHIND ME, isn't he?

THIS DOGGO has moves.

THE SHARK that killed a former New York City fashion executive off the coast of Maine was a great white - and it's still out there, officials said Tuesday.

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Just about every Wednesday is followed by a Thursday.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, July 30, 2020 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


BLONDIE: "Heart of Glass," filmed at Studio 54 in New York City.

DR. DOG plays KEXP.


MAN MAN's Honus Honus visits with World Cafe.


ACE FREHLEY covers Deep Purple's "Space Truckin'."

ANNIE LENNOX blasts MADONNA for reportedly sharing an Instagram post supporting a coronavirus conspiracy theory.

TRENT REZNOR is closing in on EGOT status

MALIK B., an early member of The Roots, has died. He was 47.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton's blockbuster Bee Gees-written duet, "Islands In The Stream."


ASHLEY JUDD's sexual harassment claim against Harvey Weinsteinwas revived on appeal.

TRACY MORGAN and Megan Wollover are separating.

INCEPTION: The film that defines Christopher Nolan's career?

KILROY WAS HERE: Kevin Smith's next horror flick has a trailer online.

JON CRYER reveals that the first draft of Back to the Future had a scene that turned up in a Spielberg pic.

THE BRUTAL PLEASURE of Watching Charlize Theron Turn to Action. Is there a bigger action star than Theron right now?

THE TOP 26 BABES in Pop Culture, ranked by The Ringer.


POLICE give up fighting sex-mad monkeys which overran the Thai city of Lopburi, eating themselves to death.(The monkeys, not the police.)

THE "SCROTUM FROG" is essential to the Lake Titicaca region and must be saved, experts say.

RARE VIDEOS & PHOTOS of three new male Indochinese tigers taken in Thailand's western forest region.

THIS CAT hears mealtime.

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There seems to be a Wednesday every week.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, July 29, 2020 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE MONKEES: The TV version of "You Just May Be the One," which differs from the LP version and has more cowbell.

THAO NGUYEN brings cellsits to her Tiny Desk Concert from home.

S.S. GOODMAN visits with World Cafe.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED has new tracks from Angel Olsen, Chrissy Stewart, Shirley Collins and more.

THE LEMON TWIGS share "No One Holds You (Closer Than The One You Haven't Met)."

KORN & YELAWOLF cover the Charlie Daniels Band's "The Devil Went Down To Georgia."

OH SEES share some "Dreary Nonsense."


FRANZ FERDNINAND's Alex Kapranos & French singer Clara Luciani cover Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazlewood's 1967 classic "Summer Wine."

AC/DC: Back In Black turns 40; Consequence of Sound lists 40 reasons to love it.

KENNY LOGGINS shares the backstory to “House at Pooh Corner.”

GIVE THE DRUMMER SOME: Gregg Bissonettetalks to Rolling Stone about playing with everyone from Ringo Starr to Spinal Tap.

20 TIMELESS SUMMER SONGS, courtesy of Paste.


UNIVERSAL & AMC THEATERS reached a deal to allow movies to move to homes after a mere three weeks in theaters in the United States, almost certainly changing the way that Hollywood does business.

THE EMMYS nominations went to these folks. Netflix beat HBO in quantity.

JOE JONAS & SOPHIE TURNER welcome a daughter.

KANYE WEST & KIM KARDASHIAN had an emotional reunion.

THE ELLEN DeGENERES SHOW has become the subject of an internal investigation by WarnerMedia following numerous accounts of workplace problems.

ALMOST FAMOUS: Cameron Crowe, Kate Hudson, Billy Crudup & Patrick Fugit now have a video reunion (and there's a link to those 20th anniversary podcasts again). There's also an oral history at the NYT.

SAM ROCKWELL is reportedly in talks to star as Merle Haggard in an upcoming biopic about the legendary country singer's life.


A DRAMATIC CAT tries ice cream.

RACOONS got into her bedroom.

A CAT demonstrates how I work out.

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New Releases, Indie Basement, Richard Thompson, Tuesday Things.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, July 28, 2020 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE TUBES: "She's A Beauty" and "Talk To Ya Later" are your Twofer Tuesday.

NEW RELEASES: Paste will point you to Courtney Marie Andrews, Devendra Banhart, Lori McKenna and more.

BILL'S INDIE BASEMENT has Flower, John Foxx, Chills reissues and more.

RICHARD THOMPSON, live outside a high school in New Jersey.

ST VINCENT & U2 coincidentally covered Led Zeppelin's "Stairway To Heaven."


THE STROKES have "An Ode to the Mets."

JARVIS COCKER talks to the Washington Post.

15 ESSENTIAL FLEETWOOD MAC SONGS from the pre-Buckingham-Nicks era.

DENISE JOHNSON, the vocalist known for her work with A Certain Ratio and Primal Scream, has died at 56.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at the sheer overwhelming heart-pounding bombast of Bonnie Tyler's "Total Eclipse Of The Heart."


TENET will debut in over 70 countries on August 26?

WES ANDERSON'S The French Dispatch is delayed again, likely to 2021.

OLIVIA de HAVILLAND went up against a broken Hollywood studio system-and helped change the industry forever.

ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED? Russell Crowe reflects on Gladiator.

THOR: LOVE AND THUNDER should start filming in 2021.

FLEABAG ain't coming back, but Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Andrew Scott are together again.

STEP BROTHERS and the Peak Summer of Blockbuster Comedy.


I IMMEDIATELY regret that decision.

MEOW, you mothers.

CHOOSE your COVID character.

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