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That's right, woodchuck chuckers...   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, February 02, 2018 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



I got flowers...in the Spring...

First D.J.: "Rise and shine, campers and don't forget your booties 'cause it's cooooold out there today."

Second D.J.: "It's cold out there every day. What is this, Miami Beach?"

First D.J.: "Not hardly. So the big question o­n everybody's lips..."

Second D.J.: "O­n their chapped lips..."

First D.J.: "...their chapped lips is, 'Does Phil feel lucky?' Punxsatawney Phil! That's right, woodchuck chuckers, it's...


Today, Punxsutawney Phil ---  the Seer of Seers, Sage of Sages, Prognosticator of Prognosticators, and Weather Prophet Extraordinary will predict whether we will have six more weeks of winter.  According to the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club, Phil has seen his shadow 103 times, and hasn't seen it (predicting an early spring) only 18 times.  Phil's track record is hotly disputed, though he's has had a pretty good run recently.  Nevertheless, thousands will await the sunrise and the groundhog at Gobbler's Knob in the tiny Pennsylvania hamlet that has become known as the "Weather Capital of the World," due in no small part to the movie that makes every day Groundhog Day.

This is o­ne time where the Internet really fails to capture the true excitement of a movie about a large squirrel predicting the weather. However, you can see the trailer as a refresher (while BuzzFeed compiles trivia).

In 2005, Roger Ebert revisited Groundhog Day, declaring that the film "finds its note and purpose so precisely that its genius may not be immediately noticeable. It unfolds so inevitably, is so entertaining, so apparently effortless, that you have to stand back and slap yourself before you see how good it really is."

At the other end of the political spectrum, Jonah Goldberg's equally effusive movie meditation grabbed the cover of National Review: "When I set out to write this article, I thought it'd be fun to do a quirky homage to an offbeat flick, o­ne I think is brilliant as both comedy and moral philosophy. But while doing what I intended to be cursory research -- how much reporting do you need for a review of a twelve-year-old movie that plays constantly o­n cable? -- I discovered that I wasn't alone in my interest. In the years since its release the film has been taken up by Jews, Catholics, Evangelicals, Hindus, Buddhists, Wiccans, and followers of the oppressed Chinese Falun Gong movement."

Indeed, a 2004 article mentioned by Ebert (but not linked) from London's Independent observes that the Harold Ramis comedy has been hailed by some religious leaders as the most spiritual film of all time. More examples can be found at the NYT and the Christian Science Monitor.

As Phil Connors ultimately observed: "When Chekhov saw the long winter, he saw a winter bleak and dark and bereft of hope. Yet we know that winter is just another step in the cycle of life. But standing here among the people of Punxsutawney and basking in the warmth of their hearths and hearts, I couldn't imagine a better fate than a long and lustrous winter."

ACCORDINGLY, we conclude:

...with Sonny & Cher o­n Hullabaloo and famously o­n Letterman years later, plus UB40 with Chrissie Hynde, not to mention The Cynics (from the Bonograph tribute CD), and David Bowie & Marianne Faithfull.

UPDATE: Phil saw his shadow, efectively forecasting another six weeks of winter.   In NJ, Milltowm Mel predicted an early spring.

SON LUX advance streams Brighter Wounds.

PALM advance streams Rock Island.

TWINK, a veteran of the '60s and '70s British psych scene (Tomorrow, The Pretty Things), is back with Think Pink III.

CASSANDRA JENKINS streams her new live EP.

NICKLAS PASCHBERG advance streams Oceanic.

THURSTON MOORE shares "Mx Liberty."

GIRLPOOL & DEV HYNES team up on "Picturesong."

JON PRATT: Pate's frontman covers Freddy Fender's "Wasted Days and Wasted Nights."

BRYAN FERRY on on how Roxy Music invented a new kind of pop.

JANE BIRKIN talks to Magnet about France, Charlotte Serge, etc.

NEIL YOUNG is starring in Daryl Hannah's Western, Paradox.

THE NUMBER ONES hops on Dave "Baby" Cortez's "The Happy Organ."

WINCHESTER, which was not screened for critics, is the only wide released dumped on SuperBowl weekend.

ROBERT WAGNER is officially named as a "person of interest" in Natalie Woods’ death, 37 years later.

JIM CARREY is cleared over the wrongful death of former girlfriend.

RYAN SEACREST:  An E! investigation into allegations of misconduct has found “insufficient evidence to support the claims” against the popular on-air personality.

STAN LEE has been hospitalized but is doing fine.

BLACK PANTHER co-writer Joe Robert Colegives Uproxx a behind-the-scenes look at how he helped bring a cinematic version of Wakanda to reality.

CHRIS PRATT's Cowboy Ninja Viking has a director: Michelle MacLaren, who is best known for her award-winning work on the acclaimed television shows Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones.

KATHY GRIFFIN: Can a Comic in Exile Come Back? Can she come back as Annie Lennox?

A DONKEY leads an escaped herd of goats and sheep through a California neighborhood.

A DOG tracks down a cat at Sea-Tac.

A CAT steals the neighborhood underwear.

STU THE TURKEY terrorizes Mount Lebanon.

FIONA THE HIPPO makes a SuperBowl pick.

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Lee Ann Womack, Alice Smith, Anna Burch, Killer Whale   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, February 01, 2018 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS feature Nick Offerman in the video for “The Greatest.

LEE ANN WOMACK stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

ALICE SMITH plays a Tiny Desk Concert.

ANNA BURCH plays a Stereogum Session.

COURTNEY MARIE ANDREWS shares "Kindness Of Strangers."

CAROLINE ROSE shares "Getting To Me."

FINE CHINA reurns with the 80s-ish "Anybody Else."


THE SMITHEREENS: "Behind The Wall Of Sleep", Live on TheTube, 1987.

SHIELA E & MORRIS DAY talk to The Current about their Prince tribute, etc.

CAR SEAT HEADREST Will Toledo discussed the forthcoming reimagined Twin Fantasy with Rolling Stone.

JOHNNY MARR talks to NME about Maxine Peak, homelessness, working with Noel Gallagher and his next album.

THE DECEMBERISTS' Colin Meloy talks to The Current about how he and the band broke out of their comfort zone.


HARVEY WEINSTEIN's lawyer says Rose McGowan's rape claim is a "bold lie."

HAYLEY ATWELL is the latest to apologize for working with Woody Allen.

MARK SALLING's suicide isn't just a tragic ending for him and his family, but it also screws over his victims.

OPRAH WINFREY has dropped Russell Simmons from her latest book after multiple women accused him of sexual misconduct.

FANTASTIC BEASTS: Dumbledore is not expresly gay in the sequel. NTTAWWT.

DREW CAREY is engaged to Dr Amie Hardwick.

GWYNETH PALTROW approves of ex Chris Martin dating Dakota Johnson.


CANDYGRAM! Killer whale learns to imitate human speech.

THIS IS HOW YOU ESCAPE a Cheetah, if You're an Impala.

LARGE BEETLES are shrinking due to climate change, according to a new study.

A COW skids down an icy road.

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Slowdive, First Aid Kit, Wolf Parade, Shower Rats   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



LAURA VEIRS shares "Everybody Needs You."

SLOWDIVE stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

FIRST AID KIT visits Morning Becomes Eclectic.

WOLF PARADE visits Morning Becomes Eclectic.

WYE OAK shares "The Louder I Call, the Faster It Runs."

DUNGEN and WOODS team up on "Turn Around."



PAUL SIMON is playing a Farewell Show in London's Hyde Park.

THE VELVET UNDERGROUND's White Light/White Heat turned 50; here are 10 things you don't know, and covers.

BUCKINGHAM NICKS: Stevie's blueprint?

THE TOP 10 WAR ON DRUGS SONGS, according to Stereogum


THE ANT-MAN AND THE WASP has a trailer online.

BLACK PANTHER: Early reactions on Twitter are breathless.

MEL GIBSON has JAMES CAVIEZEL onboard The Passion of the Christ sequel.

QUINCY JONES has stories to tell GQ, and criticism of Taylor Swift.

GRAMMYS Prez Neil Portnow apologized for saying would have to “step up” in order to win more Grammys.

MARK SALLING (Glee) died by suicide at 35, before sentencing on a child pr0n conviction.

CHRIS PRATT was inspired by beer to star in his first commercial.

DMXwas imprisoned as a flight risk after a positive drug test.


SHOWERING RAT: Fact or Fiction?

AN EMOTIONAL SUPPORT PEACOCK was refused a United flight.

A LOST CAT reunited with its owner after a decade.

THE HUMANE SOCIETY CEO has been hit with sexual harassment accusations.

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Lissie, Wildwoods, Dustbowl Revival, The Monkees, Elephant   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, January 30, 2018 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



CAROLINE SAYS shares a video for "Sweet Home Alabama" (not that one).

LISSIE stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set including new stuff.

THE WILDWOODS' mini-set at Daytrotter.

THE DUSTBOWL REVIVAL: Bluegrass meets soul at the World Cafe.

ARCADE FIRE shares a demo for "Put Your Money On Me."

BAT FANGS share "Boy of Summer." (singular)

LOS ROSAS share "Christa" and "Lost Cat" for Twofer Tuesday.


THE PSYCHEDELIC FURS: "Fall" and "Sleep Comes Down" for Twofer Tuesday.

THE MONKEES get 108 minutes of discussion on Political Beats with guest Bruce Walker.

THE PAZZ & JOP POLL is out, without much fanfare, or individual critics' lists. Another once-great institution declines.  And at the risk of going all "get off my lawn on you," the Top 10 from 1971 onward suggests things really went downhill in this century.

SMASHING PUMPKINS are recording with Rick Rubin.

THE NUMBER ONES essays Lloyd Price's "Stagger Lee."


TOM HANKS is starring in a biopic of Mr. Rogers.

JENNIFER HUDSON will star in an Aretha Franklin biopic.

NICOLE EGGERT has accused former Charles in Charge co-star Scott Baio of repeatedly molesting her when she was a minor.

KATE WINSLET is doing the modified limited hang-out.

GRAMMYS ratings hit an all-time low in the key demo, down 24 percent from last year.  And yet it was also the most watched primetime entertainment show since last year’s Oscars.

STAR WARS is looking a little less stellar, as such things go.

RODNEY DANGERFIELD gets posthumous respect from the NYT.


PACHYDERMS WITHOUT BORDERS: An Elephant caught by surveillance cameras crossing a border checkpoint from China into Laos – and then returning across the border into China a couple hours later.

AN ELK stopped by police in Idaho.

BRINGING A 17-FOOT PYTHON to the Chicagoland Fishing, Travel and Outdoor Expo may have been a bad idea.

THE ELUSIVE PALLAS CAT is eluding staff at a zoo in Utah.

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The Fall, Fabulous Thunderbirds, Django Django, Lord Huron, Cat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, January 29, 2018 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


SLEIGH BELLS shares their "Favorite Transgressions."

THE FALL: Peel Session, August 26, 1981.


DJANGO DJANGO's Marble Skies is one of this week's new streaming releases.

LORD HURON shares "Ancient Names (Part I)" and "Ancient Names (Part II)."

PAUL REVERE & THE RAIDERS: "Indian Reservation (Cherokee People)."

DREAM WIFE gives a track-by-track tour of their self-titled debut.

PRINCE: "Mindblowing" previously unreleased material is coming soon.

LAURIE ANDERSON's cultural highlights.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at the Platters' timelessly gorgeous "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes."

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: The Maze Runner: The Death Cure is the first 2018 release to top the chart with 23.5MM Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle places with with 16.4MM on another leggy 16 percent drop, making it the fifth-biggest film of 2017 so far.  Hostiles leaps up to show with 10.2MM, well above estimates in the mid-single-digits.  The Greatest Showman climbs into fourth with 9.5MM on a very leggy 11 percent drop and looks to defy critical and financial expectations.  The Post rounds out the Top Five with 8.9MM.  Below the fold, both 12 Strong and Den of Thieves were stronger than expected this weekend; perhaps some were slotting in a movie before Super Bowl Sunday crushes the grosses.

THE GRAMMYS went to these folks. Congrats.

LORDE reportedly declined to sing at the Grammys because they wouldn't let her perform alone like all the male album nominees.

JAMES FRANCO was digitally scrubbed from the Vanity Fair Hollywood cover.

JEREMY PIVEN is accused of sexual misconduct by three more women.

THE WONDER YEARS was ended by a harassment suit?

REBA McINTYRE is Colonel Sanders.


DANE COOK's new galpal is 19.

SHAKIRA is under investigation for possible tax evasion.

TOM CRUISE joins Instagram. Respect his bio.

THE GREATEST AMERICAN HERO is getting a reboot.

THE DEATH OF STALIN is showing in Moscow over government objections.

MORT WALKER, cartoonist and creator of "Beetle Bailey" and "Hi and Lois," and co-creator of "Hagar the Horrible," died in his Stamford home Saturday at 94.

A CAT gets a brain freeze.

52 BABOONS escaped a Paris zoo.

A VULTURE long thought to be male laid an egg.


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