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English Beat, Dirty Nil, All Songs, Bonus Halloween Links, Biggy Pop   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, October 31, 2018 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


MARTI JONES & TIM LEE (The Windbreakers) cover The dB's classic, "Neverland." With Beatle Bob cameo.

THE ENGLISH BEAT's Dave Wakeling stops by World Cafe.

THE DIRTY NIL stops by The Current.

ALL SONGS features new tracks from boygenius, Pedro The Lion, and more

LANA DEL REY debuts “How to Disappear” at an Apple Event.

CASS McCOMBS shares "Sleeping Volcanoes."

RICHARD LLOYD shares "Smoke."

THE HALLOWEEN SPECIAL was Friday, icymi.

THOM YORKE streams the Suspiria soundtrack.

GERARD WAY (fmr My Chemical Romance) shares "Baby You're A Haunted House."

ROKY ERICKSON depicts selling his soul to the devil on public TV, Halloween ‘84.


SHARON VAN ETTEN channels Pat Benatar circa 1984 in her new video for "Comeback Kid."


CANDI STATON was diagnosed with breast cancer on the first day of rehearsals for her summer tour. The show goes on.

DON McLEAN, 73, has a 24-year-old model girlfriend.

THE BUGGLES: How we made "Video Killed the Radio Star."

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Paul Mauriat's oddly funky easy-listening instrumental "Love Is Blue."


WILLIAM DANIELS, 91, voice of KITT, foiled an attempted burglary at his home.

JAMES "WHITEY" BULGER, the Boston mob boss who was a subject of dramas including Black Mass and The Departed (loosely), was found beaten to death on Tuesday in a West Virginia prison. He was 89. One of workers said that the killers were thought to be “affiliated with the mob,” but did not know the specifics of the association.

SHAUN WHITE apologized for an unfortunate Halloween costume this year.

GAME OF THRONES: Naomi Watts will star in the prequel.

JENNA DEWAN has officially moved on from her marriage with Channing Tatum, other than filing for divorce, because the actress is now dating Broadway star Steve Kazee.

THE 100 GREATEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILMS, according to 209 critics in 43 countries.


IGGY POP made a Halloween compilation video featuring his pet cockatoo, Biggy Pop. 

DEREK, nature's great hunter, who stalks his prey and attacks with efficiency and precision.

A RARE WHITE REINDEER was recently spotted near Mala, Sweden.

LABRADOR RUNNING INTO A PILE OF LEAVES II: One of those rare cases the sequel's as good as the original.

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Graham Coxon, Courtney Barnett, Jeff Tweedy, Elton John, Tilda Swinton's Dogs   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, October 30, 2018 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE SMITHEREENS: Pat DiNizio sings "In a Lonely Place" with Suzanne Vega and "Blue Period" with Belinda Carlisle. A duo of duets for Twofer Tuesday.

GRAHAM COXON stops by World Cafe.

COURTNEY BARNETT plays CBS This Morning.

JEFF TWEEDY played five new songs on Live From Here.

THE LEMONHEADS return with a cover of Yo La Tengo’s “Can’t Forget.”

CHRIS CORNELL: Hear his cover of Prince's "Nothing Compares 2 U."


CREWEL INTENTIONS shares a simple video for "Youth In Overload."

ELTON JOHN gets two and a half hours of discussion and analysis on Political Beats, with author and columnist Jamie Kirchick guesting.

NICK CAVE: The World's Premier Alternative Icon.

DAVID CROSBY talks to Aquarium Drunkard about his latest venture, the value of silence, and more.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at the Lemon Pipers' psychedelic bubblegum smash "Green Tambourine."


ZOE KRAVITZ's Rolling Stone cover echoes her mother's.

PRINCES WILLIAM & HARRY are considering plans to split the Kensington Palace household and create two separate courts as their future roles with Kate and Meghan diverge.

GAME OF THRONES: Casting call clues about the prequel?

SIGOURNEY WEAVER talks about the Avatar sequels and the MeToo movement.

A QUIET PLACE's test screenining produced laughs.

JON BON JOVI takes on the Kardashians.

THE SIMPSONS: Maybe Apu isn't leaving.


TILDA SWINTON set her dog video to opera.

NETFLIX is rolling out aa six-part dog-umentary series.

A PUPPER does a trust jump.

FARMERS Untangle Bucks.

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Bob Dylan, Roseanne Cash, Molly Nilsson, Tony Joe White RIP, Kuga   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, October 29, 2018 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


BILLY PRESTON: "Nothing From Nothing."

BOB DYLAN advance streams selections from More Blood, More Tracks.

ROSEANNE CASH advance streams She Remembers Everything.

MOLLY NILSSON advance streams Twenty Twenty.

COLTER WALL shares "Plain To See Plainsman."

BEIRUT shares "Corfu."


R.E.M.'s Up turns 20, so let's revisit "At My Most Beautiful."

TONY JOE WHITE, who has died from a heart attack aged 75, grew up in rural Louisiana and was nicknamed “the Swamp Fox” due to his ability to write songs that conveyed the humidity, idiosyncrasies and tensions of the US south. He is best known for "Polk Salad Annie." Uuuhh!

THE SPECIALS have announced a new album called Encoretheir first album of new material in two decades, and the first new Specials record to feature vocalist Terry Hall since their iconic 1981 single “Ghost Town.”

SINEAD O'CONNOR sings the call to prayer after converting to Islam.

GIBSON GUITARS is set to emerge from bankruptcy.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at John Fred And His Playboy Band's Beatles quasi-parody "Judy In Disguise (With Glasses)."


WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: The Halloween reboot-sequel repreats atop the chart with 32MM on a 58 percent drop, due in part to the lack of competition in the frame. The 40th anniverary edition of the franchise will likely wither after Halloween itself, and continue dropping steeply next weekend. But that will still be well over 150MM on a 10MM production budget. A Star Is Born places again in its fourth weekend, with another 14.1MM on a leggy 26 percent drop. Venom shows again with 10.8MM on a 40 percent drop as it cracks 500MM worldwide. Goosebumps 2 takes the fourth slot in its third weekend with 7.5MM on a leggy pre-holiday drop of 23 percent, but at 38MM so far, it still looks to fall considerably short of the original's 80MM domestic haul. The debut of Hunter Killer rounds out the Top Five with 6.7MM against a reported 40MM production budget, perhhaps suggesting why it sat on a shelf for a year or so.

STAR WARS: Disney / Lucasfilm is no longer moving forward with a Boba Fett movie for the time being.

JENNIFER GARNER & BEN AFFLECK may be divorced, but attended the World Series together.

JIM PARSONS and SOFIA VERGARA are the top-paid actor and actress on the latest Forbes lists.

THE SIMPSONS are writing off Apu because 2018.

CHARLIZE THERON was transforming into Megyn Kelly on the same day the anchor was getting ousted from NBC.

CLUELESS is getting a remake, though it seems like the wrong time for it.

FILMSTRUCK, the movie streaming service that focused on classic, foreign, and arthouse films, is shutting down on November 29.

GRAND THEFT AUTO V made more than han the last 10 James Bond films combined. Up next: Red Dead Redemption II.


ADORABLE KILLER CATS: The invasive species in your backyard.

THE CINCINNATI ZOO has saved more than 50000 bees.

WATER BEARS can withstand even the vacuum of space.


KUGA: A military working dog has become the first Australian animal since World War II to be awarded for gallantry over an extraordinary act in Afghanistan in which he alerted his handler to an ambush position then engaged the enemy.

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Gruesome ghouls and grisly ghosts, wretched souls and cursed hosts...   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, October 26, 2018 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...STREAMING FROM THE CASTLE EAST! This fan-made 1973 video for "The Monster Mash" is today's must-see clip (natch), though you can also see Bobby "Boris" Pickett perform it live at Little Steven's Halloween a Go-Go 2005. The covers by The Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band and The Misfits are pretty good also -- the latter uses clips from the Rankin-Bass animated classic, Mad Monster Party.

THE SHAGGS: It's Halloween!

JIM CARROLL (deceased) sings about "People Who Died."

KISS got their first television exposure in 1976 on The Paul Lynde Halloween Special.

"DO THEY KNOW IT'S HALLOWEEN?" is the all-star charity send-up of Band-Aid's "Do They Know It's Christmas?" featuring Roky Erikson, Elvira, plus members from Arcade Fire, Sonic Youth, Smoosh, Rilo Kiley, Sparks and many more.

THE AQUARIUM SRUNKARDS HOW: The Halloween Edition, Broadcasting from the Hollywood Forever Cemetery . . .

52 HORROR RELEASES from the Free Music Archive.

HALLOWEEN A/V: The Talking Heads' "Psycho Killer," Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Bad Moon Rising," Echo & the Bunnymen's "The Killing Moon,"  Santana's "Black Magic Woman", The Ramones' "Pet Sematary," Alice Cooper's "Welcome to My Nightmare," Siouxsie & the Banshees' "Halloween," The Eagles' "Witchy Woman," Tegan & Sara's "Walking With a Ghost," Stevie Wonder's "Superstition," Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds' "Red Right Hand," AC/DC's "Hell's Bells," The Cramps' "Goo Goo Muck," Blue Oyster Cult's "Don't Fear The Reaper (More Cowbell)," Tom Waits' "Cemetery Polka," The Edgar Winter Group's "Frankenstein," and Oingo Boingo's "Dead Man's Party."  And, of course... Screamin' Jay Hawkins.

THE ROLLING STONES' "Sympathy For The Devil" from the David Frost Show just plain amuses me. Monty Python makes much more sense when you know most of them once wrote for Frost.

WARREN ZEVON: A live trifecta of "Werewolves of London," "Excitable Boy" and "Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner."

THOMAS DOLBY: How about the mad vibe of "She Blinded Me With Science"?

HENRI MANCINI: "Experiment in Terror." A sentimental favorite to those who grew up watching "Creature Features" on WGN before it went superstation.

THE TIME WARP: Let's do it again.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases include Hunter Killer, which is currently scoring 31 percent; and Indivisible, which was not screened for critics.

AND NOW: A Sophisticated Man About Town. Super-duper.

GRIM GRINNING GHOSTS, from the Haunted Mansion.

"THRILLER": The original 13-minute Jacko classic, plus the filipino prisoners.

IT'S THE GREAT PUMPKIN, CHARLIE BROWN is viewable online. The WaPo has 7 Things You Don't Know about the perennial Peanuts classic. Vox thinks it's a Christmas special. And master troll Andrew Stiles finds the whole thing very problematic.

15 FACTS ABOUT HALLOWEEN: I counted more than that.  AND FIVE THINGS you may not know about Halloween.

THE TOP 10 SCI-FI HORROR FLICKS, according to Forbes.

THE 25 SCARIEST OPENING SCENES in horror-movie history, according to The A/V Club.

WE THE PEOPLE, against the zombies.

DOCUMENTING MADNESS: The Making of The Shining. Directed by Vivian Kubrick.

IS FROZEN Disney's version of The Shining?

THE HORRIBLY SLOW MURDERER With the Extremely Inefficient Weapon. Ten minutes of unimaginable terror.

13 MUSICIANS recount paranormal experiences.

WAR of the WORLDS: All these decades years later, you can stream the infamous Orson Welles broadcast from the Internet Archive.

THE WILHELM SCREAM: The repeatedly used film and television stock sound effect first used in 1951 for the film Distant Drums, now appearing as an in-joke in many films, is the subject of a Masters of Horror segment.



HALLOWEEN: A Foodie History.

THE WEEKLY SUBSTANDARD Halloween Candy Draft is tremendous.  (NSFW content included)


DIED IN HOUSE: They're Heeeeeerrrrrrreeeeee...


THE 100 BEST HORROR FILMS, compiled by TimeOut with assistance from filmmakers like Guillermo del Toro, Clive Barker and Roger Corman to actors, academics and fans of scary movies including Simon Pegg, Kim Newman and Alice Cooper.

THE 100 GREATEST HORROR FILMS, according to IndieWire.

THE 25 BEST HORROR FILMS SINCE 2000, according to The A.V. Club.


THE TOP 10 HORROR MOVIES YOU HAVEN'T SEEN, according to the UAB Kaleidescope.

THE 15 SCARIEST FILMS YOU'VE NEVER SEEN, according to Variety, though I've seen Alice Sweet Alice.


THE 20 ESSENTIAL VAMPIRE MOVIES, according to Flavorwire.

23 UNUSUAL VAMPIRE VARIATIONS, courtesy of The A.V. Club.

THE 25 MOST RIDICULOUS Movies "Of The Dead."



END CAT: Jake receives transmissions from the future.




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Skiffle Players, Shame, Matthew Dear, Bob Mould, Elephants   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


DUSTY SPRINGFIELD covers "People Get Ready."

THE SKIFFLE PLAYERS (incl Cass McCombs) streams Skiff.

SHAME visits Morning Becomes Electric.

MATTHEW DEAR stops by WNYC Soundcheck.

BOB MOULD shares "Sunshine Rock."

ROYAL TRUX returns after 18 years with “Every Day Swan” and “Get Used To This.”

TYLER, THE CREATOR (and Danny Elfman) rework "You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch."

WILLIAM SHATNER & IGGY POP sing "Silent Night."


THE MENZIGERS share a seasonal video for "The Freaks."

ELVIS COSTELLO stops by World Cafe to talk about Look Now.

SUFJAN STEVENS: All 293 songs, ranked.

BLOC PARTY, ranked by NME.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at The Monkees' psychedelic pop ballad "Daydream Believer."


JENNIFER GARNER is dating businessman John Miller.

JAMIE LEE CURTIS is  lucky to have survived a secret addiction to opiates that began in the late '80s.

ARIANDE GRANDE & PETE DAVIDSON: Their loved ones are relieved they broke up.

JOHN MAYER has explored around 500 wonderlands, if you know what I mean and I think that you do.

THE JOKER casts Alfred and young Bruce Wayne.

DAVID SCHWIMMER responds to reports that Blackpool Police are hunting for suspect who "looks like Ross from Friends."

LEONARDO DiCAPRIO & MARTIN SCORSESE are officially reteaming for the feature adaptation of Killers of the Flower Moon.

ED CATMULL: The president of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios will step down from his current roles at the end of this year and stay on as an adviser through July 2019.

THE WIZ, AT 40: No film has uniquely defined black culture and shaped the framework of a musical genre quite like it.

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN may get a reboot from the writers behind Deadpool and Zombieland.


ELEPHANTS charge at hunters after they shoot and kill a member of the herd in Namibia.

A PUPPY is saved from a flood, but not bey the idjit photographing it.

A GOLD-DIGGING DOG pretends to be a stray to get hamburgers from McDonald's.

A TROOP OF MONKEYS that stoned a man to death in northern India have presented police with a conundrum, as the victim’s relatives seek criminal charges against the “culprits.”

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