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Christine McVie, RIP.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, December 01, 2022 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


CHRISTINE McVIE, the singer, songwriter and keyboardist who became the biggest hitmaker for Fleetwood Mac, one of music’s most popular bands, died on Wednesday. She was 79. The most popular songs Ms. McVie wrote favored bouncing beats and lively melodies, numbers like “Say You Love Me” (which grazed Billboard’s Top 10), “You Make Loving Fun” (which just broke it), “Hold Me” (No. 4) and “Don’t Stop” (her top smash, which crested at No. 3). But she could also connect with elegant ballads, like “Over My Head” (No. 20) and “Little Lies” (which cracked the publication’s Top Five in 1987).  BONUS: Fleetwood Mac got over six hours of discussion and analysison a two-part edition of Political Beats (Part One, Part Two).

THE 1975 vists World Cafe.

SUFJAN STEVENS, on Christmas music, Beyoncé, his long-abandoned 50 States Project, and much more.

CRAZY HORSE's BILLY TALBOT: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview.

ARCHERS OF LOAF: "Anger makes good rock'n'roll, and I had a lot of it."

RIDE: The Bandcamp Guide.

THE B-52s are headed to Vegas after their farewell tour.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Usher's soap-opera slow jam "Burn."


DAN MASTERSON's triple-rape trial ended in a mistrial after jurors said they were hopelessly deadlocked.

THE ROYALS: The late Queen's lady-in-waiting Lady Susan Hussey has apologized and resigned after she repeatedly asked a black British charity boss where she was “really” from. 

GOOD MORNING AMERICA co-anchors T.J. Holmes and Amy Robach left their partners after an alleged months-long affair.

AVATAR: Inside James Cameron's Billion-Dollar Bet.

LINDSAY LOHAN, Interviewed by AMANDA SEYFRIED. Kinda fetch.


BRUCE LEE is getting a biopic directed by Ang Lee (no relation) and starring Mason Lee (Ang's son).

MILA KUNIS & ASHTON KUTCHER raised 37MM for Ukrainian war refugees.

WEDNESDAY's dance scene, scored with The Cramps, has blown up.

COCAINE BEAR has a trailer online.



CATS & DOGS, living together...

A PUPPER fesses up.

OWLS, Cuddling.

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Almost there...stay on target.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, November 30, 2022 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


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

A HOLIDAY STREAM, via The Current.

BEABADOOBEE plays a Tiny Desk Concert.

JOE HENRY shares "All the Eye Can See."

BOB DYLAN, singing "Jingle Bells" through the ages, sort of.

THE CHARLATANS' Tim Burgess, on a few of his favorite things.

KURT COBAIN: THE LAST INTERVIEW is excerpted at Pitchfork.

AHMET ERTEGUN, the late founder of Atlantic Records, faces a posthumous lawsuit alleging sexual harassment and assault.


KIM KARDASHIAN & KANYE WEST have reached a settlement in their divorce, averting a trial that had been set for next month.

RYAN REYNOLDS is a tease... about Deadpool 3.

JAMES McAVOY, a few years out from an illness that nearly killed him, on Marvel and more.

WEDNESDAY (ADDAMS) is a hit for Netflix.

THE OSCARS will air awards for all 23 categories in 2023.


DWAYNE JOHNSON makes amends to the 7-Eleven where he used to shoplift.

CLARENCE GILYARD, the actor best known for playing computer hacker Theo in "Die Hard" and naval flight officer Marcus "Sundown" Williams in "Top Gun," has died at the age of 66.


FISHTOPHER, a sad and depressed-looking cat, finds a forever home after blowing up on the net.


DOGGOS are the best.

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Just holding off for a couple of days.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, November 29, 2022 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


JASON and the SCORCHERS cover "Absolutely Sweet Marie" and play "Harvest Moon" for Twofer Tuesday.

METRIC plays The Current.

LOVE: Forever Changes counter-balanced the "Summer of Love."

GAZ COOMBES shares "Long Live the Strange."

LARGEHEARTED BOY's Favorite Albums of 2022.

THE 50 BEST LPs of 2022, according to Paste.

BOB DYLAN apologizes for his autopen.

LEONARD COHEN's 1973 visit to the frontlines of the Yom Kippur war is set to be dramatized in a new limited TV series.

THE NUMBER ONES ooks at Usher, LilJon, and Ludacris's monster club anthem "Yeah!"


KEVIN SPACEY is getting work.

NAMOR may be in Wakanda Forever, but not in his own Marvel movie anytime soon due to rights issues.

DWAYNE JOHNSON claims the WB fought against bringing back Henry Cavill as Superman.

MINKA KELLY and...   Imagine Dragons frontman Dan Reynolds.

SCARLETT JOHANSSON is headed to Prime Video.

GEORGE TAKEI remembers his friendships and feuds, and his shameful treatment in the second world war.

WILL SMITH understands if people are put off his new film by his slapping Chris Rock.

MARTIN SCORSESE is a fan of... Derry Girls.



CATS & DOGS, living together...

A DOGGO's magic words.

YOU'VE GOT a friend in me.

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That was too short. Irene Cara, Wilko Johnson, and Gene Cipriano RIP.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, November 28, 2022 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE WHO: "I'm A Boy."

BILL'S INDIE BASEMENT has That Petrol Emotion, The Flaming Lips, and more.


QUASI shares "Doomscrollers."

IRENE CARA, who belted out the title tracks of two beloved song-and-dance movies of the 1980s, “Flashdance” and “Fame,” has died. She was 63

WILKO JOHNSON, guitarist and founding member of British rock greats Dr. Feelgood, and executioner Ser Ilyn Payne on Game of Thrones, died Monday at his home home in Westcliff On Sea. He was 75.

GENE CIPRIANO, an occasional member of The Wrecking Crew, and perhaps the most recorded woodwind player in show business history, has died. He was 94.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Twista, Jamie Foxx, & Kanye West's "Slow Jamz," the song that truly kicked off the Kanye era.


WEEKEND BOX OFFICE:  Black Panther: Wakanda Forever remains atop the chart with a 64MM holiday weekend.  But Strange World places with a 18.6MM bomb.  Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery shows with 13.3MM, the best theatrical launch for a Netflix movie ever.

STRANGE WORLD, however, isn’t spilt milk to cry over for the House of Mouse.

WHY "SHE SAID" Bombed at the Box Office.

AVATAR 2 will be seen in China. It will need to be the third or fourth highest-grossing film in history to break even.

STANLEY TUCCI, not a fan of the Method.

LOVE, ACTUALLY is the subject of a Diane Sawyer special on Tuesday night.


MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE director Christopher McQuarrie explains the title of Dead Reckoning.


CATS & DOGS, living together...

TWO REACTIONS to dinnertime.

TURKEYS Terrorize a Massachusetts Town, Especially Kevin.

HOW "BIN CHICKENS" learnt to wash poisonous cane toads.

WINSTON, a French Bulldog, was named Best in Show at the American Kennel Club Dog Show.

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Faves 2022.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, November 23, 2022 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with FAVES 2022!  I occasionally hear from folks who want to know what music -- from among all of the posts I do here -- I recommend.  To some degree, I recommend all of it, unless I expressly write otherwise (e.g., it's not my thing, but it might be yours).  With the holiday shopping season upon us, I have tried to make a list of reasonable size.  It's an unordered list. I likely will have overlooked something that I really dig. Let's get to it.

THE BEATLES: You thought they broke up, and they did. But Giles Martin remixed what many consider their best allbum, Revolver, with assistance from the AI tech that Peter Jackson developed for the Get Back miniseries, and dang if it doesn't sound great, more like a reinvention of the mono mix that the Fabs cared more about at the time than the stereo mix that was more of an afterthought to them but the main way people have heard it in recent decades.  Giles Martin also had a hand in CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL At The Royal Albert Hall, which is a nifty little set. And as long as I'm htting all the big olden oldies, there's THE ROLLING STONES' Live At The El Mocambo, which features the lads getting sharp on a smaller stage than usual in the mid-70s and is a decent make-up effort for their generally uninspiring Love You Live, which only used four of these tracks.

SPOON: Maybe I missed it before, but the band seems to be getting some overdue recognition as one of the most consistently fine bands of this century.  I put their last one on a Faves list, but Lucifer on the Sofa favors their more rawk tendencies and thus ranks even higher with me.

DEHD: They say you can't be a prophet in your hometown, but from here in Chicago comes a trio which on Blue Skies displays a firm grasp of classic pop melodies,with a wobbly sound grounded in post-punk, but filtered through dream pop and a bit of shoegaze to produce something sounding not quite like any of them, but quite arresting.

ANGEL OLSEN goes Americana and outright Country as successfully on Big Time as Dusty did getting Soul in Memphis. Not sure I can praise it more than that.

WET LEG's self-titled debut lives up to the hype; sharp, snotty, ever-so-cool, and full of hooks. They don't make 'em like this anymore... oh, wait.

THE SADIES: Colder Streams is a worthy legacy for the late guitarist Dallas Good, a reverb-laden collection of psych-garage leavened with the occasional dash of Americana.

THE AFGHAN WHIGS continue to enjoy a latter-day renaissance with How Do You Burn?, with haunting backup vocals from the late Mark Lanegan.  The various guests also open the band's sound a bit, much like Greg Dulli's side-project, The Twilight Singers.

YARD ACT reinvigorates the classic British post-punk elements on The Overload, where pop and politics are delivered with adenoidal vocals and angular guitar lines.

ALDOUS HARDING remains pretty folky, I suppose, but Warm Chris features more experimental arrangements to compliment her quirky voice and lyrics, by turns funny and inscrutable.

BONNY LIGHT HORSEMAN's second album, Rolling Golden Holy, turns from traditional folk covers to originals with a more contemporary flavor, sometimes sounding less like the stepchild of Fairport Convention and more like a distant cousin of Fleetwood Mac.  Whether that represents a sophomore slump depends on the listener, but both modes work for me.

PANDA BEAR & SONIC BOOM built Reset on a foundation of early-to-mid 60s samples, but short enough that only the Drifters and Troggs bytes recall the originals while listenting.  And even then, it's a collection that carries an atmosphere more than a raw nostalgia play, as the 60s never sounded quite like this.

WILCO: Cruel Country, recorded live in-studio with minimal overdubs, is really the band's "Get Back" play isn't it?  And one heightened by contrast with this year's deluxe re-release of Yankee Hotel Foxtrot.

HORSEGIRL: Speaking again of Chicago bands, VIsions of Modern Perfomance is a debut taking early-to-mid-period Sonic Youth as its most obvious jumping-off point, but through a lens of everything that came after, notably shoegaze.

LEE FIELDS: It wouldn't by one of my Faves lists without some retro-Soul. Sentimental Fool finds Fields back at Dap-Tone with a collection of mostly mid-tempo numbers, but my pick to click would be "Two Jobs."  When you're in the mood for psychedelic soul, check into MONOPHONICS' Sage Motel.

THE BETHS: So, I -- and pop culture, let's face it -- have reached the age where even the 90s can pass for a classic sound.  The power-pop-adjacent Expert in a Dying Field can seat neatly alongside any Juliana Hatfield or Liz Phair album of the era.

DRUGDEALER, otoh, reaches back to the 70s for their ingredients on Hiding in Plain Sight, with Steely Dan, Van Morrison, and Bill Withers comprising just a few of the many references floating in its gumbo.

ROBYN HITCHCOCK: Normally, I try to avoid the "return to form" trope, but the title of Shufflemania! begs for comparison to Fegmania! -- and if it's not quite that, there's a real vitality to this collection.

ELVIS COSTELLO, meanwhile, has been been on a run since 2018 that continues with The Boy Named If.  It's not This Year's Model or Blood & Chocolate,but second-tier EC still rewards a regular rotation.

BLACK COUNTRY, NEW ROAD: I hesitated before putting this on the list, because I have to be in a certain mood for Ants From Up There. What is it? Early Arcade Fire mixed with early Okkervil River?  Maybe the ghost of Ian Curtis lurking?  Maybe.

Anyway, that's a fairly representative sample.  On another day, maybe it would be Big Thief and Belle & Sebastian.  Or Beach House and Destroyer.  Or Father John Misty and Mavis Staples with Levon Helm.  I might be too old for Soul Glo now, but maybe you're not.  You get the idea.

A CHARLIE BROWN THANKSGIVING has been relegated to AppleTV+, as the IP gods decreed.

WKRP: "Turkeys Away," in its entirety. And here's the turkey giveaway by itself. There's a WKRP purist backstory for this episode as well.

THANKSGIVING:  George Washington's Thanksgiving Proclamation (1789).  It was controversial at the time.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING: Doug Sahm & Friends, Austin TX, 1972.

LET'S DANCE like a doggo is watching.

DOG v BUG: Who You Got?

CHILL LEVEL: 100 Percent.

I MEANT to do that.

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