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We'll see how many I do before defaulting to NYE.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, December 28, 2022 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


ALEX CHILTON: Let's enjoy the Box Tops' "The Letter" and Big Star's "In The Street."


NPR's Most Popular Songs of 2022.

SONDRE LERCHE covers Taylor Swift's "Anti-hero."

OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN's Catalog of Emotion.

NICK CAVE's 10 favorite love songs.

MODEST MOUSE drummer and co-founder Jeremiah Green has been diagnosed with stage 4 cancer.

THE GUMMY AWARDS: Stereogum Readers' Top 10 of 2022.


GLASS ONION: Soft streaming numbers?

DANIEL CRAIG: A guide to his filmography.

M. NIGHT SHYAMALAN's Knock at the Cabin has a trailer online.

PAM GRIER, on raising hell with John Lennon, cutting it up with Richard Pryor, jamming with Hendrix and her 90-day dating rule.

KIM KARDASHIAN, on co-parenting with Kanye.

CHRIS PRATT tried beekeeping, found out.


CHER: Not Engaged.

BLUE'S CLUES: A talk with three hosts.


A DALMATION found his mom?

A DOGGO, building a snowman?

A DOGGO, digging the music.


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Thom Bell and Martin Duffy, RIP.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, December 27, 2022 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


DAVID BOWIE: Rare footage of "The Jean Genie" from a 1973 performance on Top of the Pops.

NEW RELEASES: Pitchfork will point you to Weezer, Hildur Guðnadóttir,and more.

BILL'S INDIE BASEMENT has its Top 40 Albums of 2022, and its Best Box Sets, Reissues, and Comps.

UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA shared the 42-minute "SB-10," possibly the last in an annual series.

JACK BLACK covered Rush's "The Spirit of Radio" for Dave Grohl and Greg Kurstin's Hanukkah sessions.

SHOEGAZE: Stereogum surveys the new American wave.

JOE STRUMMER had hoped to reunite The Clash for their Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame induction.

THOM BELL, the Jamaican-born producer, arranger, songwriter, and pillar of ’70s Philadelphia soul, has died at 79.

MARTIN DUFFY, the keyboardist for bands including Felt, Primal Scream, and the Charlatans, has died at 55.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Gwen Stefani's sole Hot 100 chart-topper, the abrasive cheerleader chant "Hollaback Girl."  And 50 Cent's "Candy Shop."


WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Despite disastrous weather in much of the country, Avatar: The Way of Water topped the chart with a better-than-expected 4-day total of 90MM.(China remains the film's big problem worldwide).  Puss in Boots: The Last Wish also beat its estimates with a 20MM 4-day take. I Wanna Dance with Somebody shows with a 4-day take of 6.8MM.  Babylon had a 5.3MM debut, leading some to ask whether Margot Robbie can open a movie.

BABYLON: The Myths and True Stories That Inspired the Classic Hollywood Epic.

NEPOTISM IN HOLLYWOOD, the subject of a recent article at New York,has drawn a lot of comment, including from OG "nepo baby" Jamie Lee Curtis and Kate Hudson.


SPIDER-MAN 4 is likely coming, but not soon.

BLACK ADAM 2 is not moving forward in the DCU reorganization.

HARRISON FORD is still trying new things, including his first major TV role. Just don't ask him to get all touchy-feely about it.

CHRIS ROCK upcoming stand-up special Selective Outrage is the first of its kind to be streamed live on Netflix.

ANA DE ARMAS fans are suing a film studio over what they claim is a “misleading” trailer.

THE TEN BEST FILMS of 2022, according to Sonny Bunch.

STEPHAN BONNAR, UFC Hall of Famer, has passed away at 45.


SANTA PAWS visited the Dogs Trust Ireland.

CATS & DOGS, living together...

CATS & DOGS, living together...

CATS & DOGS, living together...

OTTERS, checking out Christmas morning.


AN ARMY OF ISLANDERS to protect gecko the size of a paperclip.

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It's been 'round since you know when...   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, December 21, 2022 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



... with CHRIS ISAAK, live at Universal Studios. Your holiday-themed numbers include "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," "Hey, Santa," "Last Month of the Year," "Blue Christmas," and "Christmas on TV." Bonus: Dreidel banter!

THE CURRENT has a holiday-themed stream.

LIT UP LIKE A CHRISTMAS TREE, Vols. 1 & 2:  A Vintage Holiday Mixtape.

CHRISTMAS JAMBREE:  A Vintage Jamaican Yuletide Mixtape.

A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS:  Mental Floss has "The Real Story Behind A Charlie Brown Christmas (and why it almost wasn't shown)." There's more reflection at Aquarium Drunkard. The WaPo has reflections from producer-director Lee Mendelson.  And Caitlin Flanagan asks what gives the special its power.

A BLUE CHRISTMAS song can be a comfort, when everyone else seems to feel joy

DARLENE LOVE & RONNIE SPECTOR duet on "Sleigh Ride" and "Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree."

THE POGUES:  It's not Christmas Eve in the drunk tank (or even St. Patrick's Day) without a "Fairytale of New York."  From 2012, here's the backstory. And at The Week, Michael B. Dougherty argues that it's the greatest Christmas song of all time. NME has 25 Things you didn't know about the tale.

ANTON BARBEAU, an occasional collaborator of the late Scott Miller, crafted his own "Xmas Song."

THE 10 BEST PUNK CHRISTMAS SONGS, according to L.A. Weekly.


"A VERY SPECIAL CHRISTMAS" changed the way the holiday sounds.


NORAD will be tracking Santa, per usual. CNET has a history and behind-the scenes story.

THE 50 BEST HOLIDAY SONGS, according to The Ringer.

THE 20 GREATEST CHRISTMAS ALBUMS, according to The Guardian.

THE 25 BEST CHRISTMAS ALBUMS, according to Complex. BONUS: The L.A. Times rounds up the Merry and the Meh, including the evolving Christmas Time Again, by The dB's and Friends.


15 BIZARRE CHRISTMAS ALBUMS, courtesy of Mental Floss.

THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY of Christmas Songs.

2021's BEST HOLIDAY MUSIC, according to The AV Club. ALSO: The Best and Worst, ranked by NME.

EIGHT HOURS of vintage department store holiday music.

BILLY MACK: Because "Christmas Is All Around."  ALSO: Is Love Actually is an awful movie? Or a rom-com masterpiece? PLUS: We now know for sure what happened to Harry and Karen. AND: Love, Actually, Finally.

THE FLAMING LIPS perform "White Christmas" as only they can.

WHITE CHRISTMAS: A Snapshot Of The Most Successful Song In Music History.

SUPER FURRY ANIMALS: "The Gift That Keeps Giving."  Not to be confused with "The Gift," which is not Christmasey at all.

THE COURTEENEERS drop a video for "Winter Wonderland" that's not that Winter Wonderland.

CALEXICO: Speaking of presents, here's their "Gift X-Change."

THE MUPPETS: "Ringing of the Bells." Not to be confused with Super Furry Animals.

MICHAEL CAINE looks back at The Muppet Christmas Carol, which has been restored at D+. ALSO: The Muppets look back on The Muppet Christmas Carol for its 30th anniversary. AND: A Muppet Family Christmas, in its original form with all its songs and characters, does not exist on any official streaming service or physical media.


AN XMAS FLASH MOB from the Berklee College of Music broke out into an impromptu performance of the classic Christmas carol “O Holy Night” at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts.

GLAM XMAS:  I started the month with Wizzard's awesome "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day" and Slade's "Merry Christmas Everybody" (1973's UK Xmas No. 1). The circle is now complete.

HALL & OATES: "Jingle Bell Rock," reduced to its molten kitchy essense.

CHRISTMAS SONGS: More secular than ever.

THE MOST COVERED CHRISTMAS SONGS, according to FiveThirtyEight.

16 WEIRD FACTS About Big Christmas Hits.

MARIAH CAREY's “All I Want For Christmas Is You” tops the chart yet again.

WHY Are There No New Christmas Songs? WHAT Makes Christmas songs stick?

HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS, online. Also, a 5-year-old called 911 on the Grinch.

DAVID BOWIE & BING CROSBY'S cross-generational duet o­n "Little Drummer Boy." This historic event was recreated by Will Farrell and John C. Reilly. Plus, Jack Black and Jason Segel have done a cartoon cover

THE YEAR WITHOUT A SANTA CLAUS:  Many people believe human activity is causing global warming.  I blame Snow Miser and Heat Miser.

INTO THE SANTA-VERSE: How Rankin and Bass teamed up with Japanese animators to define Christmas specials for generations.

CHICAGO CHRISTMAS MEMORIES:  If you grew up in Chicago (and I suspect other places), the season is not complete without watching the short cartoons of "Hardrock, Coco & Joe" (a story fantastic, a story so queer), "Suzy Snowflake" and the jazzy version of "Frosty the Snowman."

THE BEATLES fan club messages, complete.  And the strange story behind the bootleg albums.

A CHRISTMAS GIFT FOR YOU...FROM PHIL SPECTOR: Essayed by Aquarium Drunkard and NME.



THE TRON 1982 HOLIDAY SPECIAL, courtesy of Funny Or Die.

T. REXMAS is available for download.

THE SEX PISTOLS & THIN LIZZY played "A Merry Jingle" for Top of the Pops.  BONUS: The Pistols' final UK show was a Christmas benefit.

IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE: Pate even had a song titled "Rope Around The Moon." BONUS: Vintage Bailey backlash from warped, frustrated old people at FEE, the New York Times and Portfolio. DOUBLE-BONUS: 22 TV variations on It's A Wonderful Life. AND: There Is No "Mary Problem" in the movie.

RUDOLPH, THE RED-NOSED REINDEER:  Pull up an ice block and lend an ear!  Herbie wanted to be a dentistNTTAWWT.  BONUS:  The Rankin-Bass classic continues to inspire ads like 2009's Verizon ad, following 2008's Apple ad, even more so 2007's AFLAC commercial, and AT & T bringing in Rudolph, Bumble, and Santa for 2015.BONUS: NPR has a piece on the original manuscript.  DOUBLE BONUS: Don't Subject Your Kids to Rudolph.

FESTIVUS:  For the rest of us.  Technically already started, so I can be one of your grievances.

SCARY GHOST STORIES: I overheard Andy Williams crooning "The Most Wonderful Time of the Year" in a store a few years back, and the lyric about "scary ghost stories" never really struck me before.  Took me a second, but I supposed he was referring to Dickens.  It turns out -- as noted by a coworker -- that this was a thing in Victorian England...  and the modern day. BONUS: Krampus, which has now inspired a major motion picture, and a Nativity set. DOUBLE BONUS: NME rounds up 10 Deliciously Scary Christmas Movies. TRIPLE BONUS: 18 Killer Santas From Film and TV. QUAD BONUS: The scary story tradition is one explained in this book.

LIAM NEESON auditions as a mall Santa.

TEN UNFORGETTABLE Musical Christmas Moments On Film.

THE 30 BEST CHRISTMAS MOVIES, according to Empire magazine.


FIVE REASONS Why Die Hard is a Christmas movie, not including the ornament.

HOME ALONE: Did Kevin McCallister grow up to become the Jigsaw Killer?

THE ICE HARVEST is a Christmas movie?

DRECK THE HALLS: A Holiday TV Specials Retrospective.

23 TV EPISODES based on "A Christmas Carol."

A CHRISTMAS HAM: Mary Katherine Ham and Commentary's John Podhoretz break down the Hallmark Christmas movie genre.

NAT KING COLE:  His chestnuts are roasting.

MAYMO THE BEAGLE gets 210 bottles for Christmas.


27 DOGS That Do Christmas Better Than You Do Christmas.

17 WEINER DOGS make the perfect Christmas photo.

THE DOGGO who stole Christmas.

29 CATS Trying To Figure Out This Whole Christmas Thing.

A SHETLAND PONY in a Christmas foursie.

CHRISTMAS ON CHRISTMAS ISLAND involves millions of crabs.

AN AUSTRALIAN FAMILY shot into the Guinness Book of Records in 2011 after decorating their home with an astonishing 331038 Christmas lights. If the video at the link doesn't work, try this one.

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Terry Hall, Dino Danelli, Kim Simmonds, and Bertha McNeal RIP.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, December 20, 2022 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE MONKEES sing a Christmas medley at MTV, circa 1986. Even Mike Nesmith turned up.

TERRY HALL, the lead singer of the Specials and a former member of Fun Boy Three and the Colourfield, has died aged 63, his bandmates in the Specials have confirmed.

THE NATIONAL gets over two and a half hours of discussion and analysis on Political Beats.

AMOS LEE visits World Cafe.

DAVE GROHL & PINK get the Hanukkah party started.

BOB DYLAN talks to the WSJ.

PAVEMENT: The Movie?

CHARLIE BISSELL (The Wrens) shares an update on his solo LP.

CALVIN JOHNSON on Beat Happening, K records, and more.

THE BEST ROOTS MUSIC of 2022, according to NPR.

GARY GLITTER, convicted child sex offender, is set to be released from prison early next year, new reports claim.

SHIRLEY WATTS, the wife of the late Rolling Stones drummer Charlie, has died at the age of 84 after a short illness.

DINO DANELLI, founding drummer of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees The Rascals, has died at the age of 78.

KIM SIMMONDS, Savoy Brown founder and UK blues legend, has died at the age of 75, the band have announced.

BERTHA McNEAL, a singer in the early Motown group the Velvelettes, died Thursday, December 15th. She was 82.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at teenage R & B singer Mario's sole chart-topper, "Let Me Love You."


AMBER HEARD is settling her defamation case case against Johnny Depp by paying him a million.

TOM CRUISE wishes you happy holidays as only Tom Cruise would.And here's the behind-the-scenes video of his motorcycle jump from the next Mission: Impossible.

HARVEY WEINSTEIN was found guilty of the rape and sexual assault of just one of the four accusers he was charged with abusing.

ROBERT DeNIRO came downstairs to find police busting a woman stealing his Christmas presents.

HENRY CAVILL & AARON TAYLOR-JOHNSON are tied as the bookies’ favorite to become the next James Bond.

JAMES CAMERON: An Oral History.

JERRY BRUCKHEIMER Claims He Has "Never, Ever Done It for the Money."

THE BEST SHOTS of 2022, according to The Ringer.


THE EMU has no chill.

AM I doing it right?

THANK YOU, Frosty.

PUSH ME, Little Human.

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The home stretch, yes?   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, December 19, 2022 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


EURYTHMICS' Dave Stewart declares "Christmas is For Lovers".

NEW RELEASES: Pitchfork has the Smile, For Tracy Hyde, and more.

FATHER JOHN MISTY plays a mini-concert for World Cafe.

11 NEW HOLIDAY SONGS, courtesy of Brooklyn Vegan.

PINK FLOYD quietly uploaded 18 archival live albums from before the ‘Dark Side Of The Moon’ era – as well as a five-song EP of “alternative tracks” from 1972 – to streaming services.

JOHN HUGHES FILMS, ranked by soundtracks and use thereof.

SPINNING GOLD: A movie about Casablanca Records has a trailer online.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Snoop Dogg & Pharrell's minimalist flex "Drop It Like It's Hot."


WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Avatar: The Way of Water easily tops the chart with 134MM (and 435MM worldwide), which is below 150-175MM projections -- but the biz isn't panicking... yet.  I'd say the the 57MM in China against 100MM projections is the real danger, given that Covid isn't going away there anytime soon. Wakanda Forever places with 5.4MM on a 52 percent drop.  Violent Night shows with5MM on a 43 percent drop.

JAMES CAMERON conducted a scientific test on whether Jack Dawson could have survived the sinking of the Titanic.

THE ROYALS: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle demanded a royal summit with the entire British Royal family and push for an apology regarding the alleged treatment at their hands. ALSO: Liz Hurley denies she took Harry's virginity.

HENRY CAVILL will star in and executive produce a movie and TV show based on the miniature table-top game Warhammer.

THR's Actress Roundtable.

BRITNEY SPEARS' dad defends his conservatorship.

BRAD PITT and Ines de Ramon were seen together at the Babylon afterparty in Los Angeles.

DONALD GLOVER is re-entering the Spider-Verse.

BARBIE has a teaser trailer online.

OPPENHEIMER has a trailer online.


CATS & DOGS, living together...

CATS & DOGS, living together...

A DOGGO RESCUE, for all the feels.

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