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Looking ahead to the King and Woodstock.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, August 12, 2022 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

THE WEEKEND STARTS HERE:

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."

OHSEES streams A Foul Form.

WOLF PARADE plays KEXP.

RUSTY: Elvis Costello's 70s band covers Neil Young and Nick Lowe on Fallon.

THE SHINS play "Caring Is Creepy" for Kimmel.

BONNIE "PRINCE" BILLY covers The Ramones' "Outsider" ft. the late Dave Berman.

YEAH YEAH YEAHS share "Burning."

BRAIDS shares "Retriever."

DAVID BYRNE & BRIAN ENO finally put a ghost to rest.

TEENAGE HEAD: The son of the late Gord Lewis was charged with second degree murder.

"REVOLVER": The Greatest Beatles Album.

THE 35 TOP EMO & POST-HARDCORE LPs of 2022, according to Brooklyn Vegan.

MICHELLE BRANCH & PATRICK CARNEY are separating.

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 provided 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.

 

ANNE HECHE was under the influence of cocaine when she crashed her car into a home last Friday, according to TMZ.

THE FLASH hangs in the balance as actor Ezra Miller continues to make headlines.

THE RUSSO BROS are stacking up stars for their next Netflix project, which is headlined by Millie Bobby Brown and Chris Pratt.

HOUSE OF THE DRAGON: Can it measure up to Game of Thrones?

MICHAEL MANN almost cast Leonardo DiCaprio as James Dean in a biopic after an “amazing” screen test aged 19.

FRAN DRESCHER, president of SAG-AFTRA, is urging the guild to revisit its COVID vaccine mandate.

RIC FLAIR passed out twice in his bloody final match.

WELCOME to Streaming's Memory Hole Era.

 

FOX FISHING: He finally took the bait.

CAT & DUCK, living together...

A BABY HIPPO, enjoying a shower.

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Wait, no obituary?   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, August 11, 2022 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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FUNKADELIC: "I Got a Thing" on Upbeat in 1970.

READY FOR THE FLOOR: Indie Remixes 2008-2011.

TREY PARKER, MATT STONE, WEEN & PRIMUS play the theme from "Team America: World Police."

TITUS ANDRONICUS brings "Give Me Grief."

BROKEN BELLS shares "Saturdays."

SAM PREKOP shares "The Sparrow."

NO AGE shares "Tripped Out Before Scott."

THE B-52s Say Farewell to the Road.

SHARON VAN ETTEN, ANGEL OLSEN & JULIEN BAKER: Backstage on the must-see indie tour of the year.

MICHAEL JACKSON's Estate and Sony Music reached an agreement to end a years-long false advertising lawsuit over the release of songs allegedly sung by an impersonator.

THE NUMBER ONES ooks at Santana's "Maria Maria," the smash collaboration with Wyclef Jean and the Product G & B.

 

EZRA MILLER was working on reshoots of The Flash over the last few months before being arrested last week?

OLIVIA WILDE wins a child cutody round against Jason Sudekis.

FURIOSA: Production has been temporarily suspended in Sydney after director George Miller tested positive for COVID.

STEVE MARTIN, on his late career surge.

ARMIE HAMMER's exes speak out in the chilling "House of Hammer" trailer, in which alleged text messages and voice messages are shared.

THE GOLDEN GLOBES are returning to NBC, probably.

VINCE GILLIGAN is cooking up his next series.

 

THEY STRIKE when you least expect it.

YOU SHOULD HAVE SEEN the one that got away?

CAT? Or snake?

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Lamont Dozier RIP.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, August 10, 2022 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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LAMONT DOZIER, the prolific songwriter and producer who was crucial to the success of Motown Records as one-third of the Holland-Dozier-Holland team, died on Monday at his home near Scottsdale, Ariz. He was 81. Dozier had a hand in The Supremes' "Baby Love", "Stop! In the Name of Love", "You Keep Me Hangin' On"," "Where Did Our Love Go," "Come See About Me," “I Hear A Symphony,” and more; the Four Tops' "Baby I Need Your Loving," "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)," "Reach Out I'll Be There," “It’s The Same Old Song,” “Standing In The Shadows Of Love,” and more; Martha and the Vandellas' "Heat Wave" and “Nowhere To Run,”; and Marvin Gaye's "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)".  Levi Stubbs' tears, indeed.

PAVEMENT, Live at Primavera Sound.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED features Plains, Hermanos Gutiérrez, Young Jesus, and more.

LAMBCHOP shares "So There."

BLONDIE shares the demo for "Mr. Sightseer."

DUNGEN shares "Om Det Finns Något Som Du Vill Fråga Mig."

IMOGEN HEAP: Has the world caught up?

BILLY BRAGG, on pop and politics, per usual.

HOW TWO UNKNOWN LATIN MUSIC OPERATORS made 23 million from YouTube.

HOW DO SONGS Get Picked for TV?

THE POGUES' bassist Darryl Hunt had died at the age of 72.

 

SOUTH PARK AT 25: How to lose billions in streaming.

PAC-MAN may be headed to the big screen... in live-action.

TAIKA WAITITI & RITA ORA got married.

HOW FRED SAVAGE got booted from"The Wonder Years" reboot.

MINDY KALING isn’t fazed by rumors that her ex-boyfriend B.J. Novak is the father of her two children.

PETER JACKSON considered hypnotherapy to try and forget his experience directing the The Lord Of The Rings trilogy.

PREY scored the No. 1 premiere on Hulu to date, including all film and TV series debuts.

SERENA WILLIAMS is retiring from tennis.

 

A BUNNY nails the hop.

A SQUIRREL, trying to scare off a bird.

IF IT'S MY LAST MEAL, at least let me finish it.

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Olivia Newton-John, Gord Lewis, and David McCullough RIP.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, August 09, 2022 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN, the angelic Australian singer who forged a hopelessly devoted following with her chart-topping hits “Physical,” “Have You Never Been Mellow” and “You’re the One That I Want,” her Grease duet with John Travolta, has died. She was 73. But oh, those "Summer Nights." Tell me more.

BRIGHT EYES: Stream a tribute LP.

JOHN ANDERSON: Stream a tribute LP.

THE DECEMBERISTS return for Twofer Tuesday.

THE BIG PINK returns with "Rage."

TEENAGE HEAD's Gord Lewis, founding guitarist of the iconic punk rock band, was allegedly killed by his own son sometime last week.

FLORIST, profiled at Paste.

THE MOBILE FIDELITY SCANDAL: How a Phoenix record store owner set the audiophile world on fire.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Destiny's Child's enduring classic "Say My Name."

 

DAVID McCULLOUGH, who was known to millions as an award-winning, best-selling author and an appealing television host and narrator with a rare gift for recreating the great events and characters of America’s past, died on Sunday at his home in Hingham, Mass., southeast of Boston. He was 89.

EZRA MILLER, the embattled star of Warner Bros.' "The Flash" movie, has been charged with felony burglary in Stamford, Vt., according to a Vermont State Police report.

ASHTON KUTCHER revealed that an autoimmune disorder left him without the ability to see, hear or walk.

ANNE HECHE is being investigated for DUI. She remains unconscious after a fiery car crash.

LARS VON TRIER has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.

SEAN BEAN: Not a fan of intimacy coordinators or censorship.

THE FRANCHISE: Armando Iannucci (Veep, The Death of Stalin) and Sam Mendes are taking on the dysfunctional, nonsensical, joyous hellscape of franchise superhero movie-making.

BACK TO THE BEACH director Lyndall Hobbs talks to Uproxx about the 35th anniversary of the 80s looking back at the 60s.

ROGER E. MOSLEY, famous from 'Magnum P.I.,' among other shows, has died.

 

AN ARMADILLO on defense.

A CAT, imitating Bender in "The Breakfast Club."

HOW AMATEURS got a giant python in Florida.

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Monday, August 08, 2022 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS: "Here Comes My Girl."

NEW RELEASES: Paste points you to Art Moore, Cheekface, Dust Star, and more.

BILL'S INDIE BASEMENT has Healing Potpourri, Mick Trouble, and more.

COURTNEY BARNETT plays CBS This Morning.

THE MARS VOLTA shares "Vigil."

THE KILLERS share "boy."

JOHN HUGHES: The box set's best inclusions and worst exclusions.

JUDITH DURHAM, an Australian folk music icon whose voice graced several international hits with her group The Seekers, died August 5 of lung-disease complications at Alfred Hospital in Melbourne, Australia. She was 79. 

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Lonestar's proudly corny country wedding ballad "Amazed."

 

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Bullet Train tops the chart with 30.1MM, which is a bit iffy, but there's going to be even less competition than usual in the dog days. DC League of Super-Pets places with 11.2MM on a 51 percent drop.  Nope shows with 8MM on a 57 percent drop as it approaches 100MM domestic.Below the fold, The Black Phone is having a helluva run.

KIM KARDASHIAN & PETE DAVIDSON are dunzo. Meanwhile, Kanye's divorce lawyer has quit.

KHLOE KARDASHIAN & TRISTAN THOMPSON had a son via surrogacy.

ANNE HECHE remains hospitalized and in intensive care after a car she was driving on Friday crashed into a residence in Los Angeles and became engulfed in flames. 

BRITNEY SPEARS' ex says the kids are avoiding her.

JAMES FRANCO is set to play Fidel Castro, and John Leguizamo isn't happy.

LORD OF THE RINGS: Amazon ghosted Peter Jackson on The Rings of Power.

IS THE 90-DAY THEATRICAL WINDOW making a comeback?

DC FILMS' president Walter Hamada has come to the verge of exiting the studio.

CLU GULAGER a veteran actor known for his roles in the NBC series “The Virginian” and the 1985 horror-comedy “The Return of the Living Dead,” has died of natural causes. He was 93 years old.

 

GOLF IN AUSTRALIA is just different.

A DOGGO, rescued from a big snake.

A PATIENT MONKEY, and a watermelon.

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