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A short-week Wednesday-plus.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, July 06, 2022 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



SOAK plays a mini-concert on World Cafe.


NEIL YOUNG & CRAZY HORSE share "Timberline" from the "lost" album Toast, coming this week.

MANIC STREET PREACHERS cover Madonna's "Borderline."

ELVIS songwriter Mike Stoller talks about hits he wrote for the King and others.

THE 50 BEST ALBUMS of 2022 (So Far), according to Paste.

THE 20 BEST ALBUMS of 1982, according to Paste.

CROSBY, STILLS & NASH return to Spotify after a five-month protest.

FORMER IKETTE P.P. ARNOLD alleges that Ike Turner “trapped her in a room and raped her.”


THOR: LOVE AND THUNDER's early buzz is mixed.

STRANGER THINGS: David Harbour on failure, Lily Allen and the season finale.

PAPER GIRLS: Another period sci-fi has a trailer online.

R KELLY, removed from a suicide watch.

AMBER HEARD's legal team moves to have Johnny Depp's verdict thrown out. (spoiler: unlikely)

CHRIS ROCK & LAKE BELL fuel couple rumors.

QUENTIN TARANTINO and wife Daniella are parents to a baby girl.

KEANU REEVES: Still Awesome.

KELSEY GRAMMER, teasing more Frasier.



A MAMA POLAR BEAR, breaking through thin ice at different intervals so her cub can stop to breathe.

DINOSAUR DNA: How much is it worth?

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Technically on staycation, but the blog rolls on.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, July 05, 2022 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


QUESTION MARK & THE MYSTERIANS: "96 Tears" and "Girl (You Captivate Me)" for Twofer Tuesday.

NEW RELEASES: Paste will point you to Momma, Camp Trash, and more.

BILL'S INDIE BASEMENT has Guided by Voices, the Mary Onettes, Gwenno, and more.

"WEIRD AL" YANKOVIC gets three hours of discussion and anaylsis on Political Beats with guest Andrew Heaton.

HUSKER DU's Greg Norton has been dagnosed with prostate cancer.

GUIDED BY VOICES Is On (Yet Another) Artistic Roll.

LEONARD COHEN: "Hallelujah" was a five-year journey.

EDDIE VAN HALEN: Inside a Superfan's Secret Friendship.

AEROSMITH's Steven Tyler has left rehab.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Cher's improbable comeback smash "Believe."


WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Minions: The Rise of Gru clinches an Independence Day 4-day opening record of 125.1MMTop Gun: Maverick places with 33MM on a leggy leggy leggy 14 percent drop.  Elvis shows with 23.5MM on a leggy 41 percent drop.  Below the fold, The Black Phone is leggy for a horror flick, while Lightyear's 65 percent drop is just a horror. 

THOR: LOVE AND THUNDER has a new trailer online.

DUNE: PART TWO has been delayed a month.

TOM CRUISE's Best Performances, according to Variety.

JAMES CAMERON may not direct Avatars 4 and 5.

MEN IN BLACK at 25: How the Sci-Fi Hit Made Will Smith the Biggest Star of His Era.

JEAN SMART: The star of “Hacks” and “Mare of Easttown” discusses loss, one-liners, and forty years onscreen.

STRANGER THINGS vs OBI-WAN KENOBI: Measuring Summer's Streaming Showdown.

JOE TURKEL, the prolific character actor well known for his roles in “The Shining” and “Blade Runner,” died at St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica, Calif. on Monday. He was 94.


THE REVOLUTION has started.

A DOGGO takes the bone and the spot.

SWIMMING WITH GATORS: In Florida, obvsly.

A PAIR OF ORCAS are killing Great White Sharks in South Africa.

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Our Lives, Our Fortunes And Our Sacred Honor.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, July 01, 2022 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with THE BEACH BOYS!  It's time to "Do It Again."  Because folks my age will always remember their mammoth July 4th concerts at the Washington Monument -- as with this 1980 take o­n "Good Vibrations."  Their "Lost Concert" from 1964 includes "Fun, Fun, Fun," "Long, Tall Texan," "Little Deuce Coupe," "Surfer Girl," "Surfin' USA," "Shut Down," "In My Room," "Papa Ooh Mow Mow," and "Hawaii." Their take on "Dance, Dance, Dance" from Shindig! later that year is like a slice of Christmas in July.  There's also a nifty twofer of "I Get Around" and "'When I Grow Up (To Be A Man)" from their first UK TV appearance o­n Ready Steady Go!  The Andy Williams Show serves up "Help Me, Rhonda," while The Jack Benny Hour produced these quick takes o­n "Barbara Ann" and "California Girls."  There's a primitive video for "Wouldn't It Be Nice" that starts with a cameo from Brian Wilson's dogs (Banana and Louie), who appear at the end of the Pet Sounds LP.  And I'll finish with a live version of "God Only Knows" from the 1967 European tour -- one of the last Brian would do for a decade or so.  BONUS: Part 1 and Part 2 of the epic Political Beats podcasts covering the entirety of the Beach Boys' catalog.

RAY CHARLES performs "America The Beautiful" like no one else.

INDEPENDENCE DAY: Bruce Springsteen, circa 1978, before it came out on The River.

AMERICAN MUSIC: The Violent Femmes, circa 1992.

DAVE ALVIN: Hey, baby, it's the "4th of July."


THE STAR-SPANGLED BANNER: As performed by Jimi Hendrix, Whitney Houston, Smokey Robinson, members of the Grateful Dead, and Umphrey’s McGee.


THE PROCLAIMERS return with "The World That Was."

PINK FROST shares "Until The Summer Comes."

ANDY PALEY: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview.

FOR THE RECORD: 10 Classic Recording Sessions and the Studios that Shaped Them.

SOCCER MOMMY talks self-immolation and burnout.

THE TOP 20 GUNS N' ROSES SONGS, ranked by The Guardian.

A CANADIAN SOFT-ROCK STATION played Rage Against the Machine’s  “Killing in the Name” for hours and hours.


EZRA MILLER Accused of Harassing Woman in Germany, and Iceland Choking Victim Breaks Her Silence.

TAYLOR SWIFT is reportedly engaged to boyfriend Joe Alwyn, according to British tabloids.

FRIENDS co-creator Marta Kauffman has pledged 4MM to African American studies as an apology for the show's lack of diversity.

LENA HEADEY is being sued by her former talent agency for fees on films including Thor: Love and Thunder (from which she was cut).

ANT-MAN explains why he didn't kill Thanos creatively.

OLIVIA MUNN & JOHN MULANEY have no marriage plans.

HOWARD STERN picks Bradley Cooper as his presidential running mate.

MAGIC MIKE: An Oral History.

31 COMEDIANS share their favorite joke-joke.


TWIGGY: Another Fourth of July tradition, the water-skiing squirrel. She retired last summer, but it remains a great story. Compelling and rich.

TWO DOGS, One Leash.

WHEN YOUR FRIENDS ARE IN THE CLUB and you were turned away at the door.

AN ALPACA, shaved.

A GENTLE WILD ELEPHANT in Sri Lanka calmly walks up to a man and kicks some dirt at him to get him to move aside.

TESTIMONIALS from Your Dog's Fourth of July Support Group.

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It seems vaguely less zippy the fourth time I comment on it.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, June 30, 2022 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


ROGER McGUINN performs "King of the Hill" -- a song about "Papa" John Phillips -- for Carson.

TIM BERNARDES covers Gilberto Gil, the Dirty Projectors, and The Beatles for a Lagniappe Session.

VERUCA SALT's Louise Post shares vintage demos.

DUNGEN returns with “Nattens Sista Strimma Ljus.”

BROKEN BELLS returns with "We're Not In Orbit Yet..."

SNAIL MAIL covers Superdrag's "Feeling Like I Do."

THE BIG BINK shares "Love Spins On Its Axis."

MOMMA shares "Motorbike."

PORRIDGE RADIO's Dana Margolin discusses cultivating spaces for separate creative practices, not worrying about how your work will be received, and the value of making something bad.

THE TOP 25 LPs OF 2022 (So Far), according to The A.V. Club.

BROOKLYN VEGAN's Favorite Albums of 2022 (So Far).

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Britney Spears' "Baby One More Time," an iconic smash that hit the earth like a comet.


R KELLY has been sentenced to 30 years following his conviction in federal court on racketeering and sex-trafficking charges last September.

TRAVIS BARKER is in the hospital because he has pancreatitis

RUSSELL CROWE will play The Pope’s Exorcist

CAMERON DIAZ is coming out of retirement.

ELIZABETH OLSEN & ROBBIE ARNETT discuss their elopement.

JAMES BOND: Producer Barbara Broccoli has promised that the 26th film of the franchise will “reinvent” 007.

TICKET TO PARADISE: George Clooney & Jilia Roberts have a trailer online.

SEE HOW THEY RUN has a trailer online.

BARBIE: The Most Important Movie Of 2023?

ALF has his own streaming channel.


CATS & DOGS, living together...

CATS & DOGS, living together...


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Does it tempt Fate to remark that the week has gone well?   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, June 29, 2022 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE NASHVILLE TEENS, with a stompin' cover of "Tobacco Road."

NEAL FRANCIS covers Shuggie Otis' "Strawberry Letter 23" and Joe Walsh's "Collage" for a Lagniappe Session.


GUIDED BY VOICES shares "Lizard on the Red Brick Wall."

TY SEGALL covers The Mantles' "Don't Lie."

JIM JAMES shares "Read Between (Begin Again)."


R.E.M. is finally releasing Chronic Town on CD.

PJ HARVEY talks Elvis, aging, ugliness, and more.

THE TOP 36 LPs of 2022 (So Far), according to NPR.


HOCUS POCUS 2 has a teaser trailer online.

WINONA RYDER talks Johnny Depp, Michell Pfeiffer, and more.

CHRIS PRATT addresses his critics.

DAKOTA JOHNSON, on Family, Sexual Agency-And the "Psychotic" Making of Fifty Shades of Grey.

BILL HADER & ANNA KENDRICK have broken up.

WOODY ALLEN tells ALEC BALDWIN he may stop directing soon.

HARLEY QUINN: Season 3 has a teaser trailer online.



THAT'S THE WAY the cat likes it.

A CAT stuck in a loop.

KIASA THE ELEPHANT has learned to control her trunk.

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