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Probably the important day of my week.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, July 18, 2023 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


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

PET SHOP BOYS get almost three hours of discussion on Political Beats.

DEAD & COMPANY played their final show.

PULP plays the unreleased “Hymn Of The North.”

ANDREW BIRD shares "Mo Teef."

DAN AUERBACH shares "Every Chance I Get (I Want You in the Flesh)."

DAVID BOWIE: Read an excerpt from a Scary Monsters book.

TOM WAITS is reissuing his 1983-93 catalog.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Far East Movement's "Like A G6," a giddy dance-rap ode to an airplane that did not exist.


THE CREATOR has a trailer online.

THE HOLDOVERS has a trailer online.

POM KLEMENTIEFF got hooked on skydiving by Tom Cruise.

LINDSAY LOHAN has given birth to her and her husband Bader Shammas' first child, a son named Luai.

ARIANA GRANDE is separated from her husband.

SOFIA VERGARA and husband Joe Manganiello have separated.

TATUM O'NEAL, recovering from an overdose-induced crisis that nearly killed her and forced her to relearn how to speak, looks back on her life and career.

MICHAEL CERA, on Barbie, drunk fans - and not owning a smartphone.

BLUE BEETLE was nearly delayed to next year amidst the ongoing strikes in Hollywood.

GARGOYLES: The live-action version of the 90s fave will be directed by Kenneth Branagh. Which makes sense in the way that his directing Thor did.


DOGGOS with slalom skills.

A DOGGO uses his tongue in a jailbreak.

A DEER enjoys a large puddle with kids.

A HUNGRY FOX brought his friends.

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Me neither.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, July 17, 2023 - 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 Palehound, Colter Wall, John Coltrane, and more.

BILL'S INDIE BASEMENT has Snõõper, Marc Ribot's Ceramic Dog,and more.

TUNE-YARDS shares “Segue From Work to Civilian Life.”

HOW I LEARNED to Stop Worrying and Love the Grateful Dead.

JULIE BYRNE, interviewed by Pitchfork at Coney Island.

TAYLOR SWIFT FANS discover Cabaret Voltaire.

JANE BIRKIN, who helped define chic female sexuality of the 1970s as an actress in arty and erotic European movies and in her relationship — equal parts romantic and artistic — with the singer Serge Gainsbourg, died on Sunday in Paris. Ms. Birken, who later became known for inspiring one of the best known lines of luxury handbags, was 76.


WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Mission: Impossible 7 tops the chart with 56.2MM over three days (less than M:I 6), but 80MM over 5 days (less than Top Gun: Maverick, but a M:I franchise record). The global total is 235MM, which is 100MM more than Indiana Jones 5 made. Sound of Freedom places with 27MM on a large and unusual 35 percent, fueled by controversy (and perhaps people buying tickets just for the politics).  Insdious 5 shows with 13MM on a 60 percent drop that's not bad for horror, esp. not bad for a film with a big debut.

TOM CRUISE: The living manifestation of cinema, except for those crazy years.PLUS: How he could improve his running.

HENRY CZERNY on returning to Mission: Impossible as Kittridge.

OPPENHEIMER: Christoper Nolan, Cillian Murphy, Emily Blunt and Matt Damon on the stakes of making an R-rated, three-hour, CGI-free summer flick about the godfather of the atomic bomb.

MARGOT ROBBIE & RYAN GOSLING on Barbie and Kenergy.

MARVEL'S SECRET INVASION is expected to be over budget as its costs have ballooned to 211.6MM.  They are probably losing nine figures on it.

THE HOUSE OF MOUSE may sell its TV assets.

GWYNETH PALTROW avoided some NSFW questions on Instagram.


HUNDREDS OF GOLDEN RETRIEVERS celebrate the breed's founding.

A DOGGO does a trust fall.

ALPACAS, avoiding a mud puddle.

THE DOG DAYS of Summer.

PAWTNERS in Crime.

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Oh honey when you knock on my door.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, July 14, 2023 - 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."


THE CONNELLS share the demo for "Carry My Picture."

HISS GOLDEN MESSENGER shares "Shinbone."

YARD ACT shares "The Trench Coat Museum."

LUCINDA WILLIAMS discusses her memoir and new LP at Paste.

CIGARETTES AFTER SEX is huge, under the radar.


SAG-AFTRA is on strike against the film and TV companies, marking only the second time in Hollywood history that actors have joined writers on the picket lines. 

OPPENHEIMER's cast had to walk off the red carpet when the strike started.

HOUSE OF THE DRAGON can continue shooting despite the strike due to rules in the UK.

DISNEY CEO BOB IGER thinks the writers' and actors' demands are unrealistic.

THE EMMYS: Network TV is missing in action.

KEVIN COSTNER was ordered to pay six figures in monthly child support.

LISA MARIE PRESLEY died in January of complications from small bowel obstruction, according to the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner's office.

KEVIN SPACEY defends coming out after being accused of sexual misconduct.

THE BEST MOVIES of 2023 (So Far), according to The Ringer.


A HUMMINGBIRD, taking its daily shower.

OCTOPUSES, but babies.

AN OWL, but albino.

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One half-day, no trial.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, July 13, 2023 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


DEE-LITE finds that "Groove Is In the Heart," with a little help from Bootsy Collins and Q-Tip.

WAR:  Lonnie Jordan joins Sound Opinions to discuss The World Is a Ghetto.

CHERRY GLAZERR shares "Soft Like a Flower."

THE DRUMS shares "Better."

BONNY DOON reflect on their early influences and share a selection of Folkways recordings that have inspired them, from Elizabeth Cotten to Lucinda Williams.

THE BEST MUSIC of 2023 (So Far), according to Pitchfork.

THE ALTERNATIVE NUMBER ONES looks at Big Audio Dynamite, the band that Mick Jones started after getting kicked out of the Clash, and at "Just Play Music!," their attempt at a funky complaint record.

DISCO DEMOLITION NIGHT: Yesterday was the anniversary of Disco Demolition Night, a promo event occurring during a scheduled twi-nite doubleheader between the Chicago White Sox and the Detroit Tigers that would prove to be the most ill-conceived promotional idea since the infamous "Ten Cent Beer Night" in Cleveland in 1974. It's now the subject of a book and this oral history at Chicago magazine.  Though some think it had to do with racism, homophobia, etc., the event had much more to do with the fact that Chicago radio station WDAI forced out morning host Steve Dahl o­n Chirstmas Eve 1978, to switch to a disco format. A man who is cashiered wearing a Santa suit tends to carry a grudge. (Indeed, authentic Disco, as it had originated in predominantly black and gay clubs, had already died commercially -- but the genre later found its way onto the Top 40 in the wake of Saturday Night Fever as a trendy white phenomenon; Dahl's critics might consider whether that phase was a cultural apporpriation.) A few months later Dahl re-surfaced at WLUP with "Do You Think I'm Disco?" -- a parody of Rod Stewart's "Do You Think I'm Sexy?" with lyrics that targeted yuppie narcissism and materialism. He also did a bit where he pretended to blow-up disco records, which Mike Veeck, the son of Sox owner (and legendary showman) Bill Veeck, thought could be turned into a promotion in which admission was 98 cents (because WLUP was FM 98) for anyone who brought a disco record to be blown up between the two games. It was far more successful and less controllable than either Dahl or Veeck imagined, with young people storming the park to enter, creating a fog of marijuana smoke in the stands, sailing records like frisbees, throwing firecrackers and ultimately storming the diamond after the scheduled demolition had concluded and Dahl was en route to the announcer's booth for the second game. Footage of the event from from stellamasters, along with the aftermath at FuzzyMemories and this compilation of local news coverage from the night is pretty darned good, with cameos from Bill Kurtis and Greg Gumbel.  BONUS: White Sox organist Nancy Foust has the program of how it was supposed to go.


OPPENHEIMER's early buzz is hot.

BARBIE will show in the Philippines, with light censorship.

HOLLYWOOD BIGWIGS want to let the striking writers go broke.

SAG-AFTRA agreed to federal mediation of negotiations with the studios.

THE EMMYS nominations are out.

SUPERMAN: LEGACY adds Barry's Anthony Carrigan.

TOM CRUISE still wants to make a movie in outer space.

ANTHONY MICHAEL HALL is a first-time dad at 55.


A SEA OTTER steals surfboards in Santa Cruz.

A BLACK SWAN, feeding the fish.

CATS & DOGS, living together.

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One day, one trial.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, July 12, 2023 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


KC & THE SUNSHINE BAND: "Boogie Shoes," live in Miami, circa 1974.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED features Margo Price, Palehound, Talking Heads (Live), and more.

COURTNEY BARNETT shares three instrumentals.

MARGARET GLASPY shares "Memories."

ARETHA FRANKLIN: A Michigan jury decided which of two hand-scrawled wills represented the famed singer’s true wishes for how to divide her estate.


SPEAK NOW, PLAY AGAIN: Taylor Swift isn't the only one rerecording classics.

WHY DO PEOPLE stop exploring new music as they get older?


WONKA has a trailer online. Stay for Hugh Grant.

AHSOKA has a trailer online.

SUPERMAN: LEGACY adds Isabela Merced, Edi Gathegi and Nathan Fillion.

ROBERT DOWNEY JR's Post-Marvel Balancing Act.

ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL is getting a sequel?

HOLLYWOOD BIGWIGS are working on a plan to call in federal mediators to help avert a SAG-AFTRA strike, with just a day to go before the contract deadline.

THE EMMYS may get pushed to January, citing strike concerns.

EMILY BLUNT is taking a year off from acting.

SECRETS OF PLAYBOY: The shocking allegations so far.


DUCKLINGS reuinite with siblings.

A WHALE SHARK, swimming through Bioluminescent Algae.

A DOGGO, living his best life.

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