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Carrie Fisher RIP, Richard Adams RIP, George S. Irving RIP   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, December 28, 2016 - 08:00 AM
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Karl

CARRIE FISHER, the actress, author and screenwriter who brought a rare combination of nerve, grit and hopefulness to her most indelible role, as Princess Leia in the Star Wars movie franchise, died on Tuesday morning. She was 60.  Per Fisher's wishes, I report that she was drowned in moonlight, strangled by her own bra.  Aside from her mosy iconic role, she lent her support to a bunch of great commedies, including The Blues Brothers, When Harry Met Sally, and Hannah and Her Sisters.  But perhaps her legacy should be found in her writings, including Postcards From the Edge, Wishful Drinking, and The Princess Diarist.  I say this because -- for someone considered "Hollywood royalty" as the child of Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher -- she had that sort of John Lennon-esque quality of authenticity, of letting it all hang out without coming actross as ither haughty (in the case of her fame) or seeking victimhood (in discussing her problems).  That quality was in ample evidence during this recent interview for Fresh Air.

also...

RICHARD ADAMS, the author of Watership Down, has died at age 96.

and then there is this...

GEORGE S. IRVING, a fearless comic actor whose signature smile could turn into a smirk with the perfectly timed arch of an eyebrow, died December 26 in New York of natural causes.He was 94. He won a Tony for his role in Irene, which coincidentally marked Carrie Fisher's stage debut).  As a voice actor, generations will know him as Heat Miser in The Year Without A Santa Claus and A Miser Brothers’ Christmas.

There really isn't much more news worth noting for today, but I'll be back tomorrow.

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Bon Iver, Honus Honus, The Sonics, Beach Slang, Christmas Cat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, December 27, 2016 - 08:00 AM
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KURT VILE turned out a holiday version of his "Wakin on a Pretty Day," with Lisa Loeb and others.

BON IVER played a full set at Pioneer Works.

HONUS HONUS stopped by WFUV's Studio A for a chat and mini-set.

THE SONICS performed live for KEXP.

BEACH SLANG covered Green Day's "2000 Light Years Away."

ALEX CHILTON would have turned 66 romorrow, so let's enjoy the Box Tops' "The Letter" and Big Star's "In The Street" for the final Twofer Tuesday of 2016.

WHAM!: The most misunderstood group of the 1980s?

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: Bob Boilen's Top 40 Songs Of 2016.

THE TOP 50 ALBUMS of 2016, according to Entertainment Weekly.

LEE FIELDS & THE EXPRESSIONS: Oliver Wang revisits this year's overlooked retro-soul.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Rogue One repeated atop the holiday chart with 96MM over the four-day frame and is likely close to profit against its 200MM budget worldwide.  Sing placed with 56MM, and has recouped its 76MM production budget on domestoc receipts since opening last Wednesday; the "A" Cinemascore suggests it may have legs, too.  Passengers showed with 23.1MM over the weekend (30MM since opening) against a 110MM production budget; that's bad, but not awful, if Pratt and Lawrence can bring in some foreign receipts. Why Him? took the fourth slot with 16MM and would have me asking "Why this movie?", if not for the low 38MM budget.  In contrast, Assassin's Creed rounded out the Top Five with 15MM (22MM since Wednesday) against a 125MM production budget, which suggests it would need a Warcraft-like miracle in foreign markets to make money.

KANYE WEST & KIM KARDASHIAN looked tense after spending Christmas morning with family.

BRITNEY SPEARS was targeted during a hack of Sony Music Group.

AVRIL LAVIGNE defended Nickelback to Mark Zuckerberg.

NICK & VANESSA LACHEY welcomed their third child on Monday.

BEAUTY & THE BEAST dropped an extended TV trailer.

CHILDREN OF MEN: Vulture and the BBC among those looking back at Alfonso Cuarón's dystopian film ten years later.

THE CAT wants your PlayStation.

A MASSIVE AUSSIE FUR SEAL turned up on a suburban street in Tasmania, 50 Km from the ocean, and sat on a parked car on its way back to the wild.

A CANADIAN WOMAN who authorities say managed to hide her 4-year-old pet cat Bella in her handbag during a trans-Pacific flight had her vacation cut short when border agents discovered the ruse at a New Zealand airport.

ROAST PIG should not be necessary to get you to flee a tsunami.

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George Michael RIP, Amos Lee, Lucinda Williams, NIN, The 1975, Ice-Fishing Cat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, December 26, 2016 - 08:00 AM
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GEORGE MICHAEL, one of pop’s reigning stars in the 1980s and 1990s, in the duo Wham! and on his own, died on Sunday at his home in Goring in Oxfordshire, England. He was 53. Some of his notable songs include: "Young Guns (Go For It)," (which seemingly was one influence on the Ronson/Mars "Uptown Funk"); "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go," "Careless Whisper," the then-controversial "I Want Your Sex," which proved too risque to crack the No. 1 spot in the US or UK; the Bo Diddling figurative flip side, "Faith"; "Father Figure," and the self-referential "Freedom '90," the supermodel-laden video for which was directed by David Fincher.

HOLIDAY CHEER: Amos Lee, Lucinda Williams, Corinne Bailey Rae, The Record Company and Rachael Price of Lake Street Dive are among those playing for WFUV's annual event.

THE NEW STANDARDS -- Chan Poling (the Suburbs), John Munson (Semisonic), and Steve Roehm play a holiday set, incl The Jayhawks' Gary Louris covering Bowie's "Starman," and Jeremy Messersmith covering "Pure Imagination."

NINE INCH NAILS streams their Not The Actual Events EP.

THE 1975 plays a full concert at the O2 Arena.

KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD share "Nuclear Fusion."

CAR SEAT HEADREST & NAKED GIANTS cover the Talking Heads' "Naive Melody (This Must be The Place)" and it sounds like it was.

THE STATUS QUO guitarist Rick Parfitt has died at the age of 68 after suffering from a severe infection. The band's first hit was the psychedelic "Pictures of Matchstick Men" though they later embraced the more blue-collar sound of songs like "Whatever You Want."

THE BEATLES' SOLO LPs -- Reviewed circa 1970.

THE SELMER MARK VI: The Most Legendary Sax Ever?

MOGWAI: Ten of Their Best.

FRANK MURRAY, the former manager of The Pogues, has died at the age of 66.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Studios gave the bean-estimators the day off, so we should have those numbers tomorrow.

CARRIE FISHER was in critical condition following a massive heart attack aboard an 11-hour flight from London to Los Angeles on Friday.  She is now in stable condition, according to her mother, Debbie Reynolds.

JOHN WILLIAMS admits he's never seen the Star Wars franchise he helped make with his iconic scores.

ALIEN: COVENANT has a red band trailer online.

JUSTICE LEAGUE confirmed additional characters.

MILES TELLER went upside down Thursday night when his truck hit another car and flipped over.

THE MOVIE THAT DOESN'T EXIST -- And The People Who Think It Does. This is freaky.

THE SOVIET UNION ended 25 years ago: read Gorbachev's speech.

THIS CAT doesn't quite get ice fishing.

A VET caught bird flu from a cat.

CATS: The "ecological axis of evil"?

DOG TREATS laced with cannabis is a big business.

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Gillian Welch & David Rawlings, Bob Weir, July Talk, Bob Weir, Basset Mom   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, December 22, 2016 - 08:00 AM
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TEGAN & SARA shared a vdeo for “That Girl.”

GILLIAN WELCH & DAVID RAWLINGS play an 8-song Nashville Session for World Cafe.

BOB WEIR played WFUV Live at the King's Theatre.

JULY TALK visted the WNYC Soundcheck studios.

WILD PINK shared “Wizards Of Loneliness,” the latest advance single from the band's self-titled LP.

DARLENE LOVE's final "Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home)" for Letterman.

THE VELVET UNDERGROUND, SLY STONE & NINA SIMONE will receive Lifetime Achievement Awards at the Grammy Special Merit Awards.

THE BEST UNDERGROUND GARAGE PUNK LPs of 2016, according to Pitchfork.

FOLK ALLEY's 10 Favorite Albums of 2016.

BIG THIEF's Top 10 Breakfasts of 2016.

NOW SHOWING: Wednesday's wide releases are Sing, which is currently scoring 69 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; Passengers, which is currently scoring 29 percent; and Assassin's Creed, scoring 18 percent.  Why Him? opens on friday and is currently scoring 33 percent.

THE KARDASHIANS continue to freeze out Blac Chyna, who has reconciled with fiancé Rob Kardashian.

EMMA STONE is the cover of the Rolling Stone.

AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR put out a casting call listing a very large cast. (potential spoilers, obvsly)

MISCHA BARTON: A Teen Star Looks at 30.

ALAN THICKE died of a “ruptured aorta”, according to his death certificate.

WES ANDERSON announced his next film, Isle of the Dogs, a stop-motion animation about a group of dogs living on an island.

THE 15 BEST HORROR MOVIES of 2016, according to Paste.

THE 20 BEST MOVIES of 2016, according to The A.V. Club.

SYRIA: The Russian government and state media describe the situation in Aleppo as “liberation,” and Russian state TV last week interviewed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who praised Moscow for its support.

GERMANY: A manhunt is underway for a 24-year-old Tunisia native in connection with this week's Christmas market attack in Berlin. The suspect was arrested in August with forged documents en route to Italy, but a judge released him, an official says.

A BASSET HOUND protects her pups from Grandpa.

A NEGLECTED CAT is freed from pounds of matted fur.

A SAVAGE ELEPHANT farted on a friend's head.

RAMBO THE GATOR will be staying with his owner, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials ruled.

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Nick Waterhouse, Doyle Bramhall II, Honeyblood, Tigers   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, December 21, 2016 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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CHICANO BATMAN shared a video for "Friendship (Is A Small Boat In A Storm)."

NICK WATERHOUSE and his band stopped by KUTX for a chat and mini-set, include a cover of The Seeds' "Pushin' Too Hard."

DOYLE BRAMHALL II, who was the rhythm guitarist in The Fabulous Thunderbirds at 18, stopped by World Cafe for chat and mini-set.

HONEYBLOOD stopped by WFUV Live for a chat and mini-set.

SHARON JONES & THE DAP-KINGS released a posthumous Claymation video for "Please Come Home For Christmas."

THE ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME 2017 inductees are announced, but what's up with giving Nile Rodgers an award while snubbing Chic again?

R.E.M.: Peter Buck talked about Out of Time at Salon.

DAVID BOWIE's Final, Imaginative, Awesome Year.

THOM YORKE's former partner, Rachel Owen, died Sunday (Dec. 18) at 48 following a battle with cancer.

MARGOT ROBBIE's wedding photos.

RICHARD MARX heroically fought off and restrained an out-of-control passenger during a flight from Vietnam to South Korea ... and his wife, Daisy Fuentes, captured the whole ordeal.

MICHAEL FASSBENDER is taking some "downtime" from acting.

JAMES FRANCO has been added to the cast of Alien: Covenant.

DRAKE & JENNIFER LOPEZ  have been spending a lot of time together lately, and sources who are around both of them tell TMZ it's only a matter of time.

AZEALIA BANKS said she suffered a miscarriage in a now-deleted Facebook post.

JUSTICE LEAGUE: First pic of the movie Flash (tho didn't we kind of see him in Batman v Superman?)

JERRY LEWIS knows how to give a difficult interview.

THE ISLAMIC STATE claimed responsibility for a truck attack on a crowded Berlin Christmas market that German authorities said came right out of the extremist group's playbook.

RUSSIA: The official line from President Vladimir Putin on  the assassination of the ambassador in Turkey in Ankara was a "provocation" meant to derail talks between the two nations aimed at replacing the United States as the indispensable power in the Middle East.

TIGERS, caught by drone cameras.

A DOG can be shot by police if it barks or moves after police enter a home, according to a federal appeals court.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: A militant rodent escaped near death in Wales by jumping into the engine compartment of a passing car that nearly ran it over.

A RARE ASIAN ELEPHANT was born at Chester Zoo.

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