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It's the end of the century.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, July 21, 2022 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE LAST SHADOW PUPPETS are "Standing Next to Me."


BIG THIEF plays a Tiny Desk Concert.

SANTANA visits World Cafe.

LUCY DACUS covers Cher's "Believe."

THE SMILE shares "Pana-Vision."

COURTNEY BARNETT plays "Before You Gotta Go" on Colbert.

WHITNEY plays "Real Love" on Kimmel.

SHARON VAN ETTEN talks about... "The Sandlot"?

BEYOND "WHITE RABBIT": Why Jefferson Airplane were one of psychedelic rock's greatest bands.

THE TOP 12 BASEBALL SONGS, according to American Songwriter.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Enrique Iglesias' endearingly ridiculous English-language breakthrough "Bailamos."


RICKY MARTIN will appear virtually in court Thursday to adamantly deny claims by his 21-year-old nephew they had a sexual relationship.

HOUSE OF THE DRAGON has a trailer online.

JORDAN PEELE has become the rarest of Hollywood anomalies: a filmmaker whose byline alone puts asses in seats.

SIMON PEGG, on the toxicity of Star Wars fandom right now.

INSIDE MOVIE STARS' SALARIES: One studio exec names two who are worth their pay.

TVs ARE TOO GOOD NOW: Why does "Home Alone" look better than the latest Marvel fare on the most advanced displays?

TRUE LIES: The case of the disappearing blockbuster.


MUST BE their first rodeo.

A TODDLER and hs doggo.

A KID drops mom's keys in a hole, a kitty helps her recover them.

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I feel nice, like sugar and spice.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, July 20, 2022 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


BLONDIE: "Heart of Glass," filmed at Studio 54 in New York City.


MOMMA visits World Cafe.

TITUS ANDRONICUS returns with "(I'm) Screwed."

MIKE PATTON (Faith No More, Mr. Bungle) talks about the crippling agoraphobia diagnosis that is keeping him off the road.

REGINA SPEKTOR talks us through her “ancestral art lineage” and some of her biggest pop culture moments over the years.

SOCCER MOMMY is profiled by NPR.

DAVID CROSBY was called an "unkind schmuck" for criticizing a fan's artwork.


NOPE: The early reactions to Jordan Peele's latest are more like "Yep!"

STEVEN SPIELBERG shot his first music video... using a phone.

ETHAN HAWKE: Marvel Is ‘Extremely Actor-Friendly' but ‘Might Not Be Director-Friendly.'

LAW & ORDER: ORGANIZED CRIME - A crew member was shot on set Tuesday.

NETFLIX wants their version of Star Wars or Harry Potter. (Stranger Things has entered the chat.)

HOUSE OF THE DRAGON: The Battle to Replace ‘Game of Thrones.'

JOHN WICK was originally 75-years old, and not Keanu Reeves.



A THOROUGHBRED goes back into a blaze to get his family.

A DOGGO, carrying a selfie videocamera.

A BLIND, BISEXUAL, POLYAMOROUS GOOSE involved in a love triangle dies.

AN ADULT RACCOON attacks a Philadelphia man filming its babies. (Don't look like you're threatening baby animals. The More You Know. Whoosh.)

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When I'm without, I stay in my room.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, July 19, 2022 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE TUBES: "She's A Beauty" and "Talk To Ya Later" are your Twofer Tuesday.

CRAIG FINN visits The Current.

MADCHESTER: NPR playlists the late 1980s through the early '90s scene born out of rave club culture in Manchester, England.

LOU REED's earliest known demo of "Heroin."

FIONA APPLE covers Charlie Rich's 1973 country hit "The Most Beautiful Girl In The World."

DAN WILSON covers Perfume Genius' "On The Floor."

DON McLEAN has listened for decades as people belted out his classic song “American Pie” at last call or at karaoke — and applauds you for the effort.

THE BEASTIE BOYS will be honored with an intersection in NYC.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Christina Aguilera's big introduction, the teen-pop summer jam "Genie In A Bottle."


BENNIFER are planning a yuge wedding party in Georgia.

ANNA TAYLOR-JOY secretly wed love Malcolm McRae in an intimate courthouse wedding.

ROBERT DOWNEY JR. reportedly helped Armie Hammer through rehab.

EMILY RATAJKOWSKI and Sebastian Bear-McClard have gone their separate ways after four years of marriage.

SYLVESTER STALLONE has voiced words against Irwin Winkler, implying that the producer behind the "Rocky" films and its sequel series "Creed" is withholding a significant financial stake in the franchise from the actor.

JUSTICE LEAGUE: The Snyder Cut reportedly got a boost from bots on social media.

PETER DINKLEGE has been cast in "The Hunger Games" prequel, "The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes."

EMILIA CLARKE is missing quite a bit of her brain.

CRAIG ROBINSON says he’s safe after evacuating from a North Carolina comedy club Saturday after a suspect with a firearm entered the building.

STRANGER THINGS creators the Duffer Brothers have confirmed that have gone back and re-edited past episodes of the show.

DESUS & MERO may be splitting up.

MICKEY ROONEY JR, an original Mouseketeer, musician and actor who was the first of screen legend Mickey Rooney‘s nine children, has died. He was 77.

AS STARS AND POLITICIANS AGE, we're entering a new era of stagnation.


A CHIMP & A TORTOISE share an apple.

A SILVERBACK GORILLA, petting a groundhog.

A POLAR CUB, surprised by a seal.

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It's Always Something, Isn't It. Like Bennifer.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, July 18, 2022 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE MONKEES: The TV version of "You Just May Be the One," which differs from the LP version and has more cowbell.

NEW RELEASES: Paste will point you to beabadoobie, black midi, Goon, and more.

BILL'S INDIE BASEMENT has Working Men's Club, ARP, Interpol, and more.

CHARLIE CROCKETT shares "I'm Just a Clown."

ELF POWER discusses the influences on their new album.

PINK FLOYD's Roger Waters dissed Drake and The Weeknd.

PAUL RYDER, bassist and co-founder of iconic Manchester group Happy Mondays (and brother of lead singer Shaun Ryder), has died. He was 58.

WILLIAM HART, lead singer of Philly soul greats The Delfonics, has died. He was 77.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at "Wild Wild West," the goofy movie theme that Will Smith made with Dru Hill and Kool Me Dee, and at the strange history of end-credits novelty-raps that summarize the movie you just finished watching.


WEEKEND BOX OFFICE:  Thor: Love and Thunder repeats atop the chart with 46MM, but that's on a 68 percent drop, which is (iirc) the second-biggest such drop in the MCU.  Minions: Rise of Gru places with 26MM, crushing animated competition from Paws of FuryWhere the Crawdads Sings shows with 17MM, a pretty slid debut for this type offilm.  Below the fold, Top Gun: Maverick rakes in another 23MM on another leggy 23 percent drop, and Elvis crosses the 100MM mark.

BENNIFER got hitched in Vegas.

RICKY MARTIN's alleged domestic violence accuser is his 21-year-old nephew ... and now the pop star, who denies the charges, is reportedly staring down the possibility of a half-century behind bars.

MEGXIT: A fame-obsessed Meghan Markle was convinced by husband Prince Harry and her Hollywood team that she could be as beloved as Princess Diana, according to a new book.

CHRIS EVANS is looking for a partner.

THE IDOL, starring The Weeknd and Lily-Rose Depp, has a trailer online.

JOE DANTE, the director of Gremlins, has hit out at The Mandalorian for "shamelessly" copying Gizmo to create Baby Yoda.

WILL FERRELL, ranked by Variety.

MARK FLEISCHMANN, former owner of Studio 54, has died by assisted suicide in Switzerland.


EMMANUEL THE EMU wants to be the star at Knuckle Bump Farms, but he's got some competition.  He took a victory lap after blowing up online.

AN ELEPHANT CALF & MOM were rescued from a pit in Thailand.

AN ELK sidles up for a musician in Colorado.

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Friday, from Philly to London.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, July 15, 2022 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with LIVE AID!  It was recently the anniversary of the trans-Atlantic rock event aimed at aiding starving people in Ethiopia (Its prime movers, like Bob Geldof & Bono, would later discover, actually getting the aid past the Marxist dictatorship would be the difficult part). Most of the day's music has found its way online, including the set from Queen that was memorialized in Boheman Rhapsody, a decidiely career-boosting appearance by U2, a look at the pre-lip-syncing Madonna, a peak-80s Bowie set and -- as my pal Nathan reminded me  -- a raft of appearances from the Style Council to the Four Tops to Paul Young to Judas Priest to the Cars to the Beach Boys to the Pretenders to The Who to Simple Minds to Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers and so many more.  Revisiting these videos, I was particularly taken by a solo Elvis Costello (who pobably could not afford a touring band at this point in his career) making The Beatles' "All You Need Is Love" much more than what's on the page with help from a stadium crowd, and the improbable greatness of Kiki Dee in Mom wear, joining Elton John for "Don't Go Breaking My Heart."

SOCCER MOMMY, Live at Rockwood Music Hall.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED features Margo Price, renforshort, The Mountain Goats, Tianna Esperanza, and more.

PTICHFORK MUSIC FESTIVAL: This weekend, stream sets from the National, Japanese Breakfast, Toro y Moi, Cate Le Bon, Parquet Courts, Noname, Ethel Cain, Indigo De Souza, Wiki, and more.

THE BETHS shares "Expert in a Dying Field."

MAGGIE ROGERS shares "Horses."

WUNDERHORSE shares "Leader of the Pack" (not a cover).

PANDA BEAR & SONIC BOOM Wring Joy Out of Terrible Times.

SON LUX: Ryan Lott and Rafiq Bhatia discuss the power of working on multiple projects at once, staying open to the chemistry of collaboration, and trusting your gut.

NINETIES MUSIC is more popular than music from any other decade right now. Sigh.

TEN MORE SONGS that could use a viral comeback.


KHLOE KARDASHIAN & TRISTAN THOMPSON are expecting a son via surrogate after breaking up.

ARMIE HAMMER is selling timeshares at a hotel in the Caymans.

AMBER HEARD's bid for a new trial was denied.

JOE JONAS & SOPHIE TURNER welcomed their second child.

TOM BRADY's Game Plan.

BRITNEY SPEARS' dad will be deposed and has been ordered to produce all documents related to electronic surveillance.

ZENDAYA: Injured in a cooking mishap.

SHE SAID: The Harvey Weinstein journo drama has a trailer online.

KEVIN SPACEY will no longer be leading the Genghis Khan movie shopped in Cannes following his sexual assault case in the U.K.

THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RINGS OF POWER has a main trailer online.


ROWDY THE CAT, caught after three weeks on the lam at Boston airport.

HELPING A WASP like a pro.

A CHICKEN, sleeping in a pot.

A REINDEER, purring.

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