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Blur, Doves, John Vanderslice, Spencer Tweedy, Marvin Gaye, Baby Goats   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, April 01, 2019 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


GUADALCANAL DIARY: From the "Where Are They Now?" file (and MTV's 120 Minutes), we have a semi-live take on "Watusi Rodeo."

BLUR played a surprise reunion set in London.

DOVES reunited for the first time in nine years.

JOHN VANDERSLICE is streaming The Cedars.

SPENCER TWEEDY streams Sleep Is My God.

MARVIN GAYE's You're the Man, his "lost" follow-up to What's Going On, is on streaming music services.


TAME IMPALA debuted ‘Patience’ and new song ‘Borderline’ on Saturday Night.

THE ROLLING STONES postpone touring due to Mick Jagger's illness.

THE CURE's Robert Smith stole the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony before it started.

NEIL YOUNG & CRAZY HORSE: The Unreleased Albums.

THE NUMBER ONES looks back at the Edgar Winter Group's instrumental rave-up "Frankenstein."


WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: The live-action Dumbo tops the chart with 45MM, but that has to disappoint Disney against a reported 170MM production budget, even if it does well in foreign markets. With live-action remakes of Aladdin and The Lion King in the pipeline, the House of Mouse will probably blame the lackluster business on director Tim Burton, and they may be right. Jordan Peele's Us places with 33.6M; that 53 percent drop likely represents pent-up demand for the film and a 128MM total to date against a 20MM budget looks pretty solid. Captain Marvel shows with 20.5MM on a 40 percent drop and will break a Billion dollars world wide this week. Five Feet Apart holds on to the fourth slotwith 6.3MM on a mere 27 percent drop; its 35MM total against a 7MM budget looks like a winner. Unplanned, an R-rated faith-based flick about abortion, manages to round out the Top Five with 6.1MM, roughly the film's production budget.

CHRIS ROCK called out Jussie Smollett at the NAACP  Image Awards.

LIAM NEESON has issued a new apology for controversial racist remarks.

MIRANDA KERR is expecting her second child with her husband.

NICOLAS CAGE files for annulment 4 days after marrying girlfriend Erika Koike.

MARK HAMILL is voicing Chucky in the Child's Play reboot.

THE MATRIX AT 20: The enduring impact of the sci-fi sensation.

10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU remains a model for how to do the teen rom-com right, 20 yeears later.


BABY GOATS, on a see-saw.

COOPER THE DOG expects greatness when it comes to sports.

TWO DUDES board a plane with emotional support falcons.

A BEAR, opening up the hot tub for a soak.

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Byrds, Weyes Blood, The Drums, Beba McEntire, Molly Tuttle, Animals Together   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, March 29, 2019 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



... with THE BYRDS!  Pretty much because I dig them as we turn into Spring (or Fall).  Let's start with a rare 1965 clip of their breakthrough smash cover of "Mr. Tambourine Man."  There are screaming girls, plus go-go dancers when they hit Shivaree for "All I Really Want to Do" and "Feel A Whole Lot Better."  Next up is a rare sync of "I Knew I'd Want You." There are even more dancers when they cover Buddy Holly's "Not Fade Away" for Shindig! on June 23, 1965, while I'm pretty sure that's Ed Wynn introducing "Chimes of Freedom."  You might recognize the voice introducing "Bells Of Rhymney" from poolside in August 1965 and "It Won't Be Wrong" from a corral in January 1966 on Where The Action Is.  BONUS:  Want a couple in color?  Here's "Turn, Turn, Turn!" and "Mr. Spaceman." DOUBLE BONUS: A rare 1967 sync of "Eight Miles High."

WEYES BLOOD advance streams Titanic Rising.

THE DRUMS advance streams Brutalism.

REBA McENTYRE advance streams Stronger Than the Truth.

MOLLY TUTTLE advance streams When You're Ready.

KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD shares "Boogieman Sam."

SOUL ASYLUM's near-breakthru, "Someone to Shove."

SHEILA E talks about recording "Erotic City" with Pirnce this week in 1984.

JOY DIVISION: Jon Savage discuusses his new oral history of the band.

DOLLY PARTON takes care of business.

RICHARD HAWLEY: "I'm never going to write a finger-wagging, soapbox song."

"SECRET BEATLE" Joe Flannery has died.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Stevie Wonder's majestic reverie "You Are The Sunshine Of My Life."

NOW SHOWING: This week's wide releases include Dumbo, which is currently scoring 53 percent on the ol' Tomatometr; Unpllanned, which was unscreened for critics; and The Beach Bum, scoring 52 percent. Hotel Mumbai expands near-wide scoring 72 percent.

AVENGERS: ENDGAME won't end like this. Probably.

ANGELINA JOLIE is in talks to star in Marvel Studios' The Eternals. She was born to play women drawn by Jack Kirby..

GAME OF THRONES: The prequel adds five new cast members.

TOY STORY 4 will still feature the late Don Rickles.

THE VIEW has been filled with backstage drama 

RIDLEY SCOTT congratules a high school production of Alien.

SANDRA BULLOCK was offered role of Neo in The Matrix before Keanu Reeves.

A DOG, TWO SHEEP... and a goat.

A POLICEMAN saves a tiny, terrified sloth in the middle of the highway.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT, creating a huge sinkhole that forced the closure of a California road.

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Steve Earle, Glen Hansard, Metric, Craig Finn, Stork   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


DAVE MASON: "We Just Disagree."

STEVE EARLE plays a Stereogum Session.

GLEN HANSARD plays the Paste studio,

METRIC visits Morning Becomes Eclectic.

CRAIG FINN shares "Something To Hope For."

THE TALLEST MAN ON EARTH shares "I'm a Stranger Now."


FLAURAL shares a trippy video for "1616."

STEPHEN MALKMUS walks Aquarium Drunkard through Groove Denied.

THE PIXIES: Inside the making of Surfer Rosa


THE NUMBER ONES looks at Tony Orlando & Dawn's "Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Ole Oak Tree"


CHRIS EVANS talks Endgame, politics, singledom, and more.

GAME OF THRONES will air a Season 8 documentary after the finale. Also, the final novels could contain “a lot added” from the TV adaptation.

TOY STORY 4 has an international trailer online.

JUSSIE SMOLLETT's police investigative file is online.

LORI LAUGHLIN's daughter's beauty trademark applications were rejected for bad punctuation.

KATE BECKINSALE seems pretty serious about Pete Davidson.

LADY GAGA has been bonding with Jeremy Renner and his 6-year-old daughter, Ava.

THE 50 BEST MOVIES OF 1999, Part One and Part Two, at The Ringer.


A CROCODILE eats two fishermen's catch chases them off

A SHOEBILL STORK takes a bath.


SEAGULL IMITATORS have a championship?

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A slow day, but Ranking Roger RIP, and Things.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, March 27, 2019 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



RANKING ROGER, a/k/a Roger Charlery, the vocalist of the English Beat and General Public, has died aged 56. He had multiple serious health issues. His band fused traditional ska music with elements of pop, new wave, punk rock and latin, and became a pioneer in the two-tone music genre. As the tributes roll in, let's take a brief inventory of the English Beat's highlights. My personal fave may still be "Best Friend," but you might prefer more signature songs like "Mirror in the Bathroom,"  "Save It For Later,"  "I Confess" or "Doors of Your Heart." Or their adaptations of covers like Smokey's "Tears Of A Clown" and the Andy Williams number "Can't Get Used To Losing You." BONUS: more people probably know ROGER's other band with Dave Wakeling, General Public, which had a ht with "Tenderness."

PHIL COOK dropped a surprise LP, As Far As I Can See.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: Tracks from Lee "Scratch" Perry, Radiator Hospital, and Cate Le Bon highlight the latest episode.

EMILY KING visits World Cafe.

THE FLESHTONES return with "Layin' Pipe."

MIKAL CRONIN returns with "Undertow."

BAD RELIGION returns with "Do The Paranoid Style."


JON PRATT, Pate's frontman, does a Guitar of the Day video and amuses himself (and me) with some Buddy Holly and James Brown.

JACKSON BROWNE gets over two hours of discussion on this week's Political Beats, with guest Cameron Joseph of TPM.

SHIELA E. talks about recording "Erotic City" with Prince around this time in 1984.

MICHAEL JACKSON will remain in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, despite the Leaving Neverland controversy.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Vicki Lawrence's twisty pop-country murder ballad "The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia."


JUSSIE SMOLLET's hate crime hoaxes were suddenly dropped in exchange for forfeiture of his 10K bond and a few hours of community service. It brought swift condemnation from Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson and Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who called it a “whitewash of justice.” A week ago, The Chicago PD called for an investigation into Asst. State's Attorney Kim Foxx's handling of the Jussie Smollett case.

A FORMER PLAYBOY PLAYMATE reportedly claims that Alex Rodriguez sexted her, practically begging for a threesome - just weeks before his storybook proposal to Jennifer Lopez.

CARDI B defended herself against detractors after a video resurfaced that showed her recalling that she drugged and robbed men when she worked as a stripper.

GAME OF THRONES showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss explain why they created the Night King (who is not in the books).

ZACK SNYDER shared his original plans for Justice League..

ALBERT BROOKS: Looking Back at the Prophetic Genius of 1979’s Real Life.


A FAMILY RESCUED A DOG FOR CERTAIN DEATH. Years later, he died saving their lives in a shooting.

AMERICA'S REINDEER have quietly gone extinct in the Lower 48.

KINDNESS MATTERS. We Need More Men Like Him.

THIS CAR saves dogs’ lives.

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Scott Walker RIP, and more.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, March 26, 2019 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


FAITH NO MORE: "We Care A Lot."

ALEJANDRO ESCOVEDO plays a Tiny Desk Concert.

EDIE BRICKELL visits World Cafe.

THE NUDE PARTY perform at The Current Day Party in Austin during SXSW.

FILTHY FRIENDS return with “November Man.”

THE ONLY ONES' Peter Perrett is back with "I Want Your Dreams".


SCOTT WALKER, one of the most innovative and enduring songwriters of the 20th century, has died aged 76. Walker first came to fame in the mid-1960s in the group the Walker Brothers, before creating a string of acclaimed solo albums – Scott, Scott 2, Scott 3 and Scott 4 – that are regarded as some of the most adventurous and boundary-pushing pop albums of the era. He was pop's great adventurer. Thom Yorke, Boy George, Doug Gillard (GbV), Johnny Marr, Graham Coxon, Sonic Youth and Car Seat headrest were among the many musicians paying tribute. NME lists David Bowie and other artists inflenced by Walker. In fact, here's Bowie coveringWalker's "Nite Flights."

JENNY LEWIS escapes the void.

STRAND OF OAKS: Tim Showalter takes Stereogum on a track by track tour of Eraserland.

THE NATIONAL RECORDING REGISTRY adds "La Bamba," Earth, Wind & Fire's "September,"and Curtis Mayfield's soundtrack album for Super Fly, among others.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Roberta Flack's enduring meta-hymn "Killing Me Softly With His Song" and


AVENGERS: ENDGAME clocks in at over three hours.

CLUELESS: The cast reunited to talk about the film at Chicago's Comic-Con.Here's the whole thing on video.

SHAZAM!'s previews made bank.

MICHAEL MADSEN wrecked his Land Rover, got busted for DUI.

NICOLAS CAGE applies for a marriage license.

WERNER HERSOG isn't into demonizing Russia or President Trump, but "you will not get me into any kind of superficial discussion about current politics in the United States.

LARRY COHEN, the avant-garde writer and director who made his mark in the horror and blaxploitation genres with such innovative cult classics as It's AliveGod Told Me ToBlack Caesar and Hell Up in Harlem, has died. He was 82.



A DOG TRICK you may not have seen.

BABY GOATS on a slide.

RUSSIAN MAN was caught attempting to smuggle an orangutan in his luggage.

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