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Memorial Day Weekend, and Tina Turner RIP.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, May 25, 2023 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl




...with THE SWEET!  The bubble-glam rockers are probably best known for the trifecta of "Little Willy," "Ballroom Blitz" and "Fox on the Run," though they also charted with the harder-edged "Action" and the more ballad-y "Love is Like Oxygen."  All of those clips also feature the band's rather unique fashion sense, but you have to see the clip for "Wig Wam Bam" -- complete with headdress -- to see the band at its most ridiculous.  BONUS: "All That Glitters" is a BBC documentary originally broadcast in February 1974 charting a day in the life of The Sweet.

TINA TURNER, the earthshaking singer whose rasping vocals, sexual magnetism and explosive energy made her an unforgettable live performer and one of the most successful recording artists of all time, died on Wednesday at her home in Küsnacht, Switzerland, near Zurich. She was 83.Here's the Rolling Stone obit, with plenty of videos of her hits.  Here's a 2019 profile in the NYT. And tributes poured in from Hollywood as well as the music biz.


BOB DYLAN: A Birthday playlist.

JENNY LEWIS shaes "Cherry Baby."

VERUCA SALT's Louis Post shares "What About."

M WARD, on his new LP, his love of radio and how songwriting elevates his spirits.

TEGAN & SARA discuss their middle grade graphic novel.

BAR ITALIA: One to Watch.

SHIRLEY COLLINS talks to The Quietus.

CHAS NEWBY, temporary bassist for the Beatles, has died at 81.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at the Black Eyed Peas' unkillable, genre-free party-chant "I Gotta Feeling."

T. REX: "20th Century Boy." Aow!


PEDRO PASCAL, KIERAN CULKIN, and JEFF BRIDGES are among those chatting at THR's Emmys Roundtable.

MARGOT ROBBIE talks Barbie with Vogue.

MEGXIT: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been “shocked” by the skeptical responseto their claimed NYC car chase.

KANYE WEST, sued for millions by The Gap.

THE IDOL: Lowest Rotten Tomatoes score for an HBO show evah.


THE TOP 41 SERIES FINALES, according to The Ringer.


KENNETH ANGER, he experimental filmmaker, actor and author who directed nearly 40 short films, has died at 96.


MEMORIAL DAY has become -- in the minds of some -- a day devoted to uncovering their swimming pools and barbeques. So take a moment (preferably at 3 p.m. local time) to remember what it's really about.You can read about "The Meaning of Memorial Day" with selections from American authors and statesmen, including Herman Melville, Ernie Pyle, Louisa May Alcott, Frederick Douglass, and Dwight D. Eisenhower. Joyce Johnson and the "Arlington Ladies" who attend every funeral in Arlington National Cemetery, to ensure no soldier is buried alone, take more than a moment.  Re-read "A Death in the Family," as powerful as it was when Christopher Hitchens wrote it in 2007.  Revisit William Wyler's footage of the last mission of the Memphis Belle, or check the Tube for Alfred Hitchcock's footage of the liberation of the Belsen concentration camp.  The Wikipedia entry for Memorial Day notes a race track connection unrelated to the Indy 500.  It's a good day -- as good as we are likely to get -- for Sgt. Barry Sadler's No. 1 smash, "Ballad of the Green Berets."  or the movie adaptation of Gen. George S. Patton's "Speech to the Third Army."  As "Greyhawk" once wrote at the Mudville Gazette, "This is Memorial Day weekend. Enjoy it. Celebrate it - the people who died to give you that right would appreciate it. But they didn't die peaceably in their beds, these dogs who fell protecting sheep from wolves.


GOATS, playing King of the Hill.

P!NK, in a blink.

A TIGER, warning of a leopard attack.

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The diffusion of the mix.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, May 24, 2023 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


JAY & THE AMERICANS "Come a Little Bit Closer" on Wednesday.

DAVE MATTHEWS, unplugged at World Cafe.

JULIANA HATFIELD announces an album of ELO covers with "Don't Bring Me Down."

AMANDA SHIRES & BOOBIE NELSON cover Willie's classic "Always On My Mind."

TEENAGE FANCLUB returns with the Byrds-y "Foreign Land."

M WARD shares "new kerrang."

GUIDED BY VOICES shares "Seedling."

THE B-52s' CINDY WILSON shares "Midnight."

CABLE TIES shares "Thoughts Back."

SUZIE TRUE shares "Sentimental Scum."

HOW BOYGENIUS avoids toxicity.

UNSUNG POWER POP GEMS, compiled at Bandcamp.

VAMPIRE WEEKEND: Modern Vampires of the City Turns 10.


MEGXIT: Prince Harry has lost a legal challenge over his bid to be allowed to make private payments for police protection.

JEFF BRIDGES shares a health update.

HAILEE STEINFELD, on surviving child stardom, taking risks, and more.

FLORENCE PUGH is in control.

FAST & FURIOUS: A Hollywood Unicorn.

THE IDOL: Scandalizing Cannes. And the early buzz calls it softcore pron.

THE 10 WORST SERIES FINALES, according to The AV Club, again meaning nothing before the 90s.


A FAMILY OF BEARS, chillin in the pool.

DOGWALKERS gotta hold up their end.

CUTE when you're angry.

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Ray Stevenson and Pete Brown RIP.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, May 23, 2023 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE RASPBERRIES crush "Go All The Way" and "I Wanna Be With You" for Twofer Tuesday.

YO LA TENGO: Deeper Into Deep Cuts.

RUTHIE FOSTER plays World Cafe.

SIOUXSIE SIOUX sings "Israel" for the first time in a decade.

BONNIE "PRINCE" BILLY shares "Bananas."

AMANDA SHIRES talks fiddling, working with husband Jason Isbell and "Loving You" with Bobbie Nelson.

FOO FIGHTERS debuted Josh Freese as their new drummer.

PETE BROWN, a British poet who wrote the lyrics for Cream's "Sunshine of Your Love", "White Room" and many more, died at age 82.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at the Black Eyed Peas' ridiculous, implausible dance-rap juggernaut "Boom Boom Pow."


RAY STEVENSON, the Irish actor who starred in films like “Punisher: War Zone,” “King Arthur,” the “Thor” films and shows like HBO’s “Rome” and the upcoming “Ahsoka” series,” died on Sunday in Italy. He was 58.

HOW SCORSESE, DiCAPRIO & DE NIRO Made ‘Killers of the Flower Moon.'

AUBREY PLAZA, profiled at Vanity Fair.

ASTEROID CITY: Wes Anderson shares a clip of his latest.

VIN DIESEL plans a mess of "Fast & Furious" spinoffs.

THE LITTLE MERMAID's early buzz is good.

MEGAN FOX & MACHINE GUN KELLY are working on their relationship.

THE WRITERS' STRIKE: A worst-case scenario?

THE BEST SERIES FINALES, according to The AV Club, meaning nothing before the 90s.


CATS & DOGS, living together...

CASUAL Catwalk.

A BEAR hibernated hard.

TORTOISE v CAT: Who You Got?

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Andy Rourke, Jim Brown, and Rick Dalton RIP   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, May 22, 2023 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


FREE: "All Right Now." Wouldn't be Summer without it.

NEW RELEASES: Paste will point you to Milk Carton Kids, PONY, Summer Salt, and more.

BILL'S INDIE BASEMENT has Mega Bog, Mandy Indiana, bar italia, and more.

BLUR debuted new songs live at Colchester Arts Centre.

LANA DEL REY shares "Say Yes to Heaven."

OSEES shares "Intercepted Message."

ANDY ROURKE, the bass player who provided the muscle and drive behind the darkly poetic musings of the Smiths, one of the most influential bands of the 1980s, died on Friday in Manhattan. He was 59.  Here's the Guardian obit. And the tribute from Morrissey, who once fired Rourke by sticking a note on his windshield.

LUCINDA WILLIAMS, pushing forward afetra a stroke, is profiled at Garden & Gun.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Lady Gaga's infernally catchy dance-pop anthem "Poker Face."


WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Fast X  topped the chart with 67MM, just a little less than the last one, and with the same B+ CinemaScore.  Guardians of the Galaxy 3 placed with 32.7MM on a leggy 47 percent drop in its third weekend.  Super Mario Bros showed with 9.8MM on an even leggier 22 percent drop.

JIM BROWN,  the Cleveland Browns fullback who was acclaimed as one of the greatest players in pro football history, and who remained in the public eye as a Hollywood action hero and a civil rights activist, though his name was later tarnished by accusations of violent conduct against women, died on Thursday night at his home in Los Angeles. He was 87.

RICK DALTON, best known for his roles in the hit TV series Bounty Law and The Fireman trilogy, passed away at his home in Hawaii.  He was 69.

INDIANA JONES 5 got a lukewarm reception at Cannes.

KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON, otoh, is getting buzz as masterful. And a nine-minute ovation at Cannes.

OPPENHEIMER will be Christopher Nolan's longest movie to date.

THE UK's RICHEST Under 35.


A DUCKLING, living his best life.

THE BIG BEAR EAGLES are back on camera.

ORCAS have sunk 3 boats in Europe and appear to be teaching others to do the same.

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Power Pop, and not a moment too soon.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, May 19, 2023 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with POWER POP! A few of these may be known generally, like Cheap Trick's "Way of the World" and Nick Lowe's "Cruel to Be Kind"... and some well-known to fans of the genre, like Dwight Twilley's "I'm On Fire," Shoes "Too Late," The Records' "Starry Eyes," the Flamin' Groovies' "Shake Some Action" and the Plimsouls'  "A Million Miles Away" (seen here in a rare live slot).  Others are well-known to longtime Pate fans, like the Three O'Clock's "Her Head's Revolving" or Let's Active's "Waters Part."  BONUS: Bram Tchaikovsky playing "Girl Of My Dreams" and "Lady From the USA", live.

ROBYN HITCHCOCK visited The Current.

JAMES McMURTRY, via WMOT Roots Radio.

BLUR returns with “The Narcissist.”

NATION OF LANGUAGE shares "Stumbling Still."

KING KRULE shares “If Only It Was Warmth.”

BULLY shares “Change Your Mind.”

SMELLS LIKE TEEN SPIRIT: Courtney Love has unpblished lyrics to the Nirvana classsic.

KING TUFF discusses the benefits of collaboration, embracing the unknown, and why anyone can play a musical instrument.

THE NATIONAL: Trouble Will Find Me Turns 10.

YO LA TENGO: Ira Kaplan is going to get to throw out the first pitch at the Mets / Phillies game at Citi Field on June 1.


MARTIN SCORSESE's Killers of the Flower Moon has a trailer online.

CHRONICLER OF THE FLOWER MOON: How David Grann ascended from magazine journalist to the muse of Martin Scorsese, Leonardo DiCaprio, and a myriad of others in Hollywood.

STEVEN SODERBURGH's Full Circle has a trailer online.

STEPHEN KING loved The Flash.

MEGXIT: Harry and Meghan's cabbie did not characterize his drive as a dangerous chase by paparazzi. I'm shicked, shocked.

EDDIE MURPHY as the Pink Panther?

RACHEL BILSON lost a job over her recent sex talk.


A RACCOON and a DOG check out the pool.

A CAT fostering an otter.

A COW, purring.

A DOG, rescuing its owner from a sneeze.

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