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If it's May, it's Power Pop.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, May 20, 2022 - 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.


THE NINETIES: NPR compiles a... 30-song playlist? That's a big dropoff from its prior playlists. Just saying.

ANGEL OLSEN shares "Through The Fires."

FOUR TET shares "Looking At Your Pager."

GANG OF YOUTHS play "Forbearance" on Kimmel.

THE HOODOO GURUS: Somehow I missed David Fulkner talking to Magnet.

VANGELIS,  the electronic-music pioneer who won an Oscar for “Chariots of Fire” and composed such other landmark film scores as “Blade Runner,” died Tuesday, the Athens News Agency reported. He was 79. Greek media reports say he died in a French hospital while being treated for COVID-19.


RHIANNA and A$AP Rocky are officially parents ... welcoming a baby boy to the world.

SOUTH PARK: THE STREAMING WARS has a trailer online.

JOHNNY DEPP was “drunk a lot of the time,” Ellen Barkin told a Virginia courtroom today of her Fear and Loathing in Last Vegas co-star.

DAREDEVIL is getting a new series at D+. Rumors have Charlie Cox and Vincent D’Onofrio returning.

THE WONDER TWINS have been deactivated.

MARGOT ROBBIE is going to try to refresh the Ocean’s Eleven franchise.

ARMIE HAMMER's alleged sexual assault scandals, alongside other controversies in his family history, are set to be detailed in a new true-crime special.


WHAT HAPPENED to Comedy in Hollywood?

JOHN AYLWARD, an actor best known for his portrayals of Dr. Donald Anspaugh on ER and former DNC chairman Barry Goodwin on The West Wing, died this week at his home in Seattle.  He was 75.


DOGGO nails the long shot.

A CAPYBARA, riding a tortoise.

ROUND AND ROUND, what goes around comes around...

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Everyday I write the blog.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, May 19, 2022 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


FOUNTAINS OF WAYNE play "It Must Be Summer" unpluggedy.

FONTAINES DC play a Tiny Desk Concert.

THE EIGHTIES: NPR compiles a 1004-song playlist.

SHE & HIM cover the Beach Boys' "Darlin'."

INTERPOL shares "Fables."

SOCCER MOMMY shares "Bones."

THE SMILE debuts "Friend Of A Friend."

FOO FIGHTERS: Red Hot Chili Peppers‘ Chad Smith and Pearl Jam‘s Matt Cameron have apologized for comments they made in a recent Rolling Stone article about the time leading up to the death of drummer Taylor Hawkins, distancing themselves from the piece.

YO LA TENGO: James McNew reveals the secrets of I Can Hear The Heart Beating As One.

RADIOHEAD's OK Computer at 25: The art-rock quintet's third studio LP remains troublingly prophetic.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Boyz II Men's final chart-topper, the gimmicky ballad "4 Seasons Of Loneliness."


STAN LEE's name and likeness was licensed by Marvel Studios for use in future feature films and television productions, as well as Disney theme parks, various “experiences” and merchandising.

AMBER HEARD's friends and sisters testified.

HARRISON FORD & HELEN MIRREN are starring in the Yellowstone prequel.

STAR WARS: Jon Watts, the director behind Tom Holland’s Spider-Man trilogy, is headed for a galaxy far, far, away.



TAYLOR SWIFT is a doctor now.

EZRA MILLER warned the cops arresting him to get their pronouns right or face hate crime charges.

KNIVES OUT 2 may get a full theatrical release as Netflix reconsiders its finances.

ROSMARIE TRAPP, a member of the singing family made famous by the stage musical and film “The Sound of Music” and the last surviving daughter of Baron Georg Johannes von Trapp, the family patriarch, died on May 13 at a nursing home in Morrisville, Vt. She was 93.


A DOGGO recognizes Grandma in disguise.

A GORILLA, petting a groundhog.

OTTERS, water slidin'.

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Everyday I wake a little bit higher.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, May 18, 2022 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


SIMON & GARFUNKEL tackle "Late In the Evening" in Central Park, circa 1981, iirc.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED features SOAK, Jens Lekman, and more.

THE SEVENTIES: NPR compiled a 1999-song playlist.

JANE'S ADDICTION & SMASHING PUMPKINS play "Jane Says" for Howard Stern.

OBJECT OF AFFECTION shares "Through And Through."

DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS share "The Driver."

ELIZABETH FRASER shares "Underwater."

FOO FIGHTERS: Friends of the late drummer Taylor Hawkins have claimed that he was uncomfortable with the intensity of the band’s touring schedule after the COVID-19 pandemic eased.

BELLE & SEBASTIAN Sing of Middle Age.

LANA DEL REY, on her process and her "angry" and "conversational" new music.

ERIC CLAPTON postpones shows after testing positive for COVID.


DIRTY DANCING's big finale, set to the theme from The Muppet Show. You're welcome.

AMBER HEARD's testimony continues with a cameo from James Franco.

STAR WARS probably won't have new actors play old characters again.

KIT HARRINGTON will play Frankenstein's monster.

SHE-HULK: ATTORNEY AT LAW has a trailer online.

THE OLD MAN has a trailer online.

SPIDERHEAD has a trailer online.

TOM CRUISE: A group of directors, producers and actors look back on their Cruise experiences.


OH, HAI... How was work?

ALRIGHT, who released the Kraken?

REUNITED and it feels so good.

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And so it continues!   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, May 17, 2022 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


STRAWBERRY ALARM CLOCK: "Incense and Peppermints" plus "Tomorrow" for Twofer Tuesday.

JOHANNA SAMUELS covers Bob Dylan, the Beatles, Randy Newman, and The Only Ones for a Lagniappe Session.

THE SIXTIES: NPR compiled a 750-song  playlist.

PHOEBE BRIDGERS shares "Sidelines."

PULP's Jarvis Cocker wants to discover the Greek woman who inmpired "Common People."

BELLE & SEBASTIAN, dissecting rock memoirs at band practice.

KEVIN MORBY, on the influence of the late Jeff Buckley and recording in upstate New York with his pal Sam Cohen.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Mariah Carey's horny Puff Daddy-Q-Tip joint, "Honey."


AMBER HEARD's testimony continued with the admission that she didn't actually fulfill her pledge to donate her 7MM divorce settlement to charity.

KOURTNEY KARDASHIAN & TRAVIS BARKER got legally married this time.

THE SPORT ILLUSTRATED SWIMSUIT ISSUE is here, including Kim Kardashian

CHLOE SEVIGNY have tied the knot — again.

PREY: The Predator prequel has a trailer online.

LISA MARIE PRESLEY is hyping Baz Luhrmann's Elvis biopic.

MACHINE GUN KELLY & MEGAN FOX: Married and pregnant?

WHERE IS THE MCU GOING? Only Kevin Feige Knows For Sure.

THE BOYS: Season 3 has a trailer online.

BRIDGERTON: Season Three spoiler.

BLACK MIRROR is returning to Netflix.


AN ALPACA, jumping for joy.

A BABY ELEPHANT, chasing a rooster.

A LAMB who identifies as a doggo.

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And so it begins.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, May 16, 2022 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


WE FIVE: Because "You Were On My Mind," natch.

NEW RELEASES: Paste will point you to Ethel Cain, Florence + the Machine, The Smile, and more.

BILL'S INDIE BASEMENT has Kevin Morby, Gentle Sinners, and more.

ANGEL OLSEN shares "Big Time."

SNAIL MAIL plays "Glory" for Fallon.

JESSIE BUCKLEY & BERNARD BUTLER share "Seven Rose Tattoos."

ETHEL CAIN: The Most Famous Girl at the Waffle House.

JOHN VANDERSLICE connects with his Florida roots and waxes sentimental about David Berman.

PEARL JAM recruited a teenager to (partly) sit in after their drummer tested positive for COVID.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Biggie Smalls' "Mo Money Problems," the sleek party anthem with Mase and Puff Daddy that became Biggie's second posthumous chart-topper.


NEW RELEASES: Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness repeats atop the chart with 61MM on a 67 percent drop that has to be concerning if not alarming  to Marvel, as well as the B+ CinemaScore. The Bad Guys places with 7MM on a 28 percent drop.  Sonic the Hedgehog 2 shows with 4.55MM on a 24 percent drop.  Firestarter flamed out with a 3.8MM debut that is less than the 1984 original's 4.7MM.  Everything Everywhere All at Once took in another 6.6MM on a 6 percent drop and could yet become the highest grossing film from the A24 studio.

FRED WARD, who starred in films including "Henry and June," "Tremors," "The Right Stuff" and "The Player," died May 8. He was 79.

BRITNEY SPEARS says she has lost a baby early in her pregnancy.

JASON MOMOA is dating Eiza González after his split from Lisa Bonet.

DAVID FOLEY, on the return of The Kids in the Hall.

NETFLIX updated its Corporate Culture memo, adding an anti-censorship section.

HOW TWITTER Lost the Celebs.


ROOBY THE KANGAROO is not letting go until she is in her beloved pouch.

THE MASTER of red light / green light.


A LOST DOG crept into a couple's bed overnight. She didn't want to leave.

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