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Monday, November 13, 2023 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


CHEAP TRICK: "I Can't Take It." An overlooked gem.

NEW RELEASES: Paste will point you to Beirut, Cat Power, and more.

BILL'S INDIE BASEMENT has New Order, Kristy MacColl, and more.

BOYGENIUS played "Satanist" and "Not Strong Enough" on SNL.

SHEER MAG returns with "Playing Favorites."

VOXTROT shares "New World Romance."

THE GRAMMYS nominations are out.

NCK CAVE, on his breakup with PJ Harvey.

JEFF TWEEDY, on religion, music - and the Dolly Parton song he dislikes.

SAM TWEEDY, on why he won't be setting foot back at Sarah Lawrence.

LEE RENALDO's 13 favorite albums.

TRACY CHAPMAN made Country history.


WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: The Marvels tops the chart with 47MM, which is the lowest opening for an MCU movie evah.  Oof. Five Nights at Freddy’s places with 9MM on a 53 percent drop.  Taylor Swift: Eras Tour shows with 5.9MM on a 57 percent drop.  Priscilla is in the fourth slot with 4.8MM on a four percent in its first weekend of wide release.

DAVID FNCHER, ranked by Steven Hyden.

TAYLOR SWIFT & TRAVIS KELCE, sitting in a tree.

REBEL MOON has a trailer online.

COYOTE vs ACME has been shelved by Warner Bros a year after filming completed.

ROBERT DE NIRO was not found liable in a sex discrimination lawsuit, though his company was found liable.

FRANCESCA SCORSESE, on directing her father's TikTok videos.

STREAMING is a Bad Business Model.

ULTRAMAN has a teaser trailer online.

KEVIN BACON helped rescue a pig named Kevin Bacon.

ROBERT BUTLER, the co-creator of Remington Steele and director behind classic television series’ and pilots including Star Trek and Batman, has died at the age of 95.

FRANK BORMAN, the commander of NASA’s 1968 Apollo 8 spaceflight, whose astronauts became the first men to orbit the moon, captured the famed image known as Earthrise and read lines from Genesis to deliver a brief Christmastime uplift to a troubled America, died on Tuesday in Billings, Mont. He was 95.

THE THING, if it starred Pingu instead of Kurt Russell.



CATS & DOGS, living together...

BOSCO and his Big Stick.

A BEAR impresses.

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Funeral for a friend.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, November 09, 2023 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



THE WRECK of the EDMUND FITZGERALD: The legend lives o­n from the Chippewa o­n down of the big lake they called Gitche Gumee. Nov. 10th is the anniversary of the 1975 wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald -- 729 feet-long, 75 feet in breadth, 39 feet in depth, weighing 13,632 gross tons -- an ore bulk carrier with a capacity of 25,000 tons. When it was launched o­n June 7 1958, at the Great Lakes Engineering Works in River Rouge, Michigan, Fitzgerald was the largest ship o­n the Great Lakes. Here's misty, water-colored video of the launch.

The "Queen of the Great Lakes" sank in the eastern end of Lake Superior during a fierce storm -- including snow squalls -- that pounded the ship with 30-foot waves. The crew of 29 men perished; without witnesses, a definitive reason has never been determined. A Coast Guard report suggested that faulty hatches failed to keep water out of the ship's cargo holds, though others believe the ship struck an uncharted shoal and took o­n water. A documentary created and aired by the Discovery Channel concluded the loss was due to freak waves that overwhelmed the faulty hatches.

After the wreck, the Rev. Richard Ingalls went to Mariners' Church in Detroit and rang its bell 29 times, o­nce for each life lost. The church continues to hold an annual memorial, which includes reading the names of the crewmen and ringing the church bell. Here's video of Rev. Ingalls recounting that night.  More than 250 people gathered at the church for the 40th anniversary, which was expanded to remember victims from all tragedies on the Great Lakes. And here's a remembrance from a brother of one of the lost crew members.

At the request of family members surviving her crew, Fitzgerald's 200 lb. bronze bell was recovered by the Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society in 1995, as a joint project with the National Geographic Society, Canadian Navy, Sony Corporation, and Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. The bell is now o­n display in the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum. Here's a brief video from o­ne of the underwater explorations of the wreck. Fmr newsman Larry Elliot recalls the remote expedition.  And here is a story from one of the two scuba divers to ever reach the sunken hull.  Throw in the 3-D animation, and you'll feel just like Bill Paxton.

The song by Gordon Lightfoot spent 21 straight weeks o­n the pop charts, peaking at No. 2. Here, Lightfoot discusses writing the song, and the lyrics he's changed.  And there's a homemade video for it, which I highly recommend. Beats the tar of Celine Dion! And here are six cover versions. (PS:  Ken King -- who has lived o­n the U.P. of  Michigan, says the gales of November are quite something.)


PJ HARVEY performs new songs on her first US date.

LOWLAND HUM plays World Cafe.

SUEDE shares "The Sadness in You, The Sadness in Me."

SLEATER-KINNEY shares "Say It Like You Mean It."

FORMER GRAMMYS CEO Neil Portnow faces a lawsuit accusing him of a sexual assault in 2018.


GHOSTBUSTERS: FROZEN EMPIRE has a teaser online.

MEAN GIRLS: The mvie musical has a trailer online.

SAG-AFTRA has officially reached a tentative agreement on a new three-year contract with studios, a move that is heralding the end of the 2023 actors’ strike.

HOW CHRISTOPHER NOLAN defied the odds.

PATRICK DEMPSEY is People's Sexiest Man Alive.

STAR WARS: Marvel mogul Kevin Fiege's movie is not moving forward.

THE HOUSE OF MOUSE is currently in talks to license some of its content to Netflix.


FOX v CAT: Who You Got?

A DOGGO gets his own water.

A POT FULL of cuteness.

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Wednesday, November 08, 2023 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


DUSTY SPRINGFIELD: "I Just Don't Know What to Do With Myself."

YO LA TENGO streams The Bunker Sessions.

SPRINGSTEEN & MELLENCAMP teamed up for charity.

TANYA DONNELLY covers Marianne Faithfull's "This Little Bird."

EFFED UP shares "What The Sun Saw."

THE FEELIES' Bill Million, on Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground.

LED ZEPPELIN: The dude on the cover of IV has been identified.


THE MARVELS: Box office projections are... Yikes!

HOLLYWOODD's STUDIOS have agreed to adjust language on artificial intelligence as they move closer to a contract agreement to end the 117-day SAG-AFTRA strike.

LEGEND OF ZELDA is under development as a live-action film.

JEREMY ALLEN WHITE: The Chef, on how not to get a Marvel movie, and more.


JACK NICHOLSON is still turning down offers.

NETFLIX: Betting on qualty over quantity.

MEGXIT: Has Harry been invited to the King's 75th birthday party?

THE WORST MOVIES, according to Rotten Tomatoes.


A SHARK gives virgin birth in Chicago. Life finds a way.

THE PUPPER Sleeps Tonight.

A PUPPER meets a Doggo.

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Tuesday, November 07, 2023 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THAT PETROL EMOTION: "Big Decision." Add Devo's "Freedom of Choice" for an election-themed Twofer Tuesday.

KEVIN DREW visits World Cafe.

TY SEGALL shares "My Room."

LOU BARLOW cover's C.W. McCall's "Convoy."

GREG DULLI, on the Twilight Singers box.

TAYLOR SWIFT's "1989 (Taylor's Version)" is the fastest-selling vinyl LP since at least 1991.

MATTHEW PERPETUA, with a provocative note on modern song lyrics.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Maroon 5 and Christina Aguilera's very bad song "Moves Like Jagger."


MATTHEW PERRY stopped Chandler from cheating on Monica.

SAG-AFTRA delivered its response to the studios’ “last, best and final” offer, as Hollywood waits for a resolution to the 116-day actors strike.

RIDLEY SCOTT's Napoleon Complex.

MARVEL is launching a "Spotlight" banner so that viewers know prior MCU knowledge is not required for certain titles.

PRISCILLA: Jacob Elordi ate a pound of bacon a day to get into character as Elvis.

THE SIMPSONS has seemingly retired the long-running joke where Homer Simpson would strangle his son Bart.

QUENTIN TARANTINO's second theater is re-opening.


THE CAT: "Look, she's happy."

THE DOG, playing Hide and Seek.

CATS & DOGS, living together...

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And it's dark out.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, November 06, 2023 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


IKE & TINA TURNER: "River Deep, Mountain High," live and de-Spectorized.

NEW RELEASES: Paste will point you to Hotline TNT, bar italia, Marnie Sten, Drop Nineteens, and more.

BILL'S INDIE BASEMENT has... basically the same stuff, but with reviews.

GUNS N' ROSES debuted "The General" in Los Angeles.

IGGY POP & TRVOR HORN cover Depeche Mode's "Personal Jesus."

VEYLS: The new band of Louise Post (Veruca Salt) shares "Widow."

MICKY DOLENZ gets the key to Athens GA for his REM covers EP, with three members of the band in attendance. (Mike Mills also loved the EP.)

SLOWDIVE: Skin in the Game.

JOHNNY MARR, on finding his own voice, what Billie Eilish has in common with The Cure, and the stars that haunt his guitars.

ELMER GANTRY: The frontman of “the bogus Fleetwood Mac,” a band that toured America in 1974 as Fleetwood Mac but featured none of the original members, did other work.


MATTHEW PERRY's death was not caused by a methamphetamine or fentanyl overdose, initial toxicology tests have reportedly found.

SHAWN LEVY on Deadpool 3, including the Star Wars influence.

NICOLAS CAGE: The actor who spawned a thousand internet mashups talks turning to his subconscious for help, his very public mistakes and the greatest piece of direction he has ever received.

GODZILLA MINUS ONE has a trailer online.

ECHO: A look at Marvel's first TV-MA rated show.

REBEL MOON: Zack Snyder talks about building out his space opera

PRISCILLA PRESLEY & RILEY KEOUGH formally settle Lisa Marie's estate, averting what could have been a multimillion-dollar public legal battle.


CATS & DOGS, living together...

A BIRD with nesting cups.

THE JORO SPIDER parachutes into the East Coast.

AN OTTER ATTACK left a swimmer fearing for his life and 40 puncture wounds.

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