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It's been snowing already.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, November 15, 2021 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


IKE & TINA TURNER: "River Deep, Mountain High," live and de-Spectorized.

NEW RELEASES: Paste wil point you to Courtney Barnett, IDLES, Silk Sonic, and more.

BILL'S INDIE BASEMENT has Robin Guthrie, Damon Albarn, Endless Boogie, and more.

UNDER THE THUNDER that opens Led Zeppelin's "When the Levee Breaks."

ROGERY DALTREY dumps on the Stones.

THE FLAMING LIPS are doing an album of Nick Cave covers with a 14-year-old singer, because obvsly.

LENNY KAYE: "Boom! I saw the Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show and everything changed."

THE NUMBER ONES looks at "One More Try," the heartbroken DIY synth ballad that randomly took shy Frenso kid Timmy T to the top of the charts.


WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: The Eternals repeats atop the chart with 27.5MM on a 61 percent drop, toward the higher end of projections, but not an implosion.  Clifford the Big Red Dog places with 16.3MM, exceeding expectations for the troubled project.  Dune shows with 5.5MM on a 29 percent drop and I'd wager the studio would like to push it across the 100MM mark in theaters dmestically.

BRITNEY SPEARS: A Los Angeles judge ruled Friday that the conservatorship that has overseen the pop star’s life and finances for nearly 14 years should be terminated immediately.


RED NOTICE became the most-watched film ever on Netflix in its opening day, which may say more about star power than script.

CHRIS DAUGHTRY's daughter is a homicide victim.

QUEEN ELIZABETH II has sprained her back.

RIDLEY SCOTT can't stop, won't stop.


PR for Possums.

BEES scream when Murder Hornets attack.

SNOW LEOPARDS die of Covid in Nebraska.

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The Paisley Underground. And Friday.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, November 12, 2021 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with THE PAISLEY UNDERGROUND!  A two-part (Part 1, Part 2) feature from the Old Grey Whistle Test on L.A.'s psychedelic-flavored, West Coast scene in the mid-80s. Bands featured include the Long Ryders, Prime Movers, Thin White Rope, Pontiac Brothers and the Rain Parade with a 6 minute live version of No Easy Way Down. The Long Ryders get short shrift so I'll add in their later OGWT appearance to play "Looking For Lewis & Clark." The term "Paisley Underground" is believed to have been jokingly coined by Michael Quercio of the band The Three O'Clock, so I'll toss in the clip for "Her Head's Revolving" as a bonus. Abther band associated with the scene not featured is The Bangs, a/k/a The Bangles, with an early track, "The Real World."  DOUBLE BONUS: The Guardian Music Blog has a piece on the Rain Parade and other Paisley Underground bands.

HOUNDMOUTH plays World Cafe.


KNOW HOW THE BEATLES ENDED? Peter Jackson May Change Your Mind.

LINDSEY BUCKINGHAM Reviews His Albums With And Without Fleetwood Mac.

ADELE delves into her divorce album.

GRAEME EDGE, the drummer, co-founder, and sole constant member of the English art-rock band the Moody Blues, has died at 80.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Mariah Carey's funky dance-pop jam "Someday."


PAUL RUDD is People magazine's Sexiest Man Alive.  Sorry, Cap.

ROCKY IV now nas an "Ultimate Director's Cut" and a 90-minute documentary about its making. The latter is free on YouTube.

ROAD HOUSE is getting a remake?

PAUL THOMAS ANDERSON on "Licorice Pizza": "I still haven't quite figured out how to talk about it yet."

THE ETERNALS: Jack Kirby Runs Into the MCU Buzzsaw.

SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME will be "brutal," according to Tom Holland.

AARON SORKIN defends "Being The Ricardos."

JIM CUMMINGS: The writer-director-star who creates people we hate ourselves for loving.

TOM HANKS revealed the three of his films that he has enjoyed working on the most.



DOGS & CATS, living together...

PARROTS, in slo-mo.

A PUPPY who thinks he's a bunny.

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And the iron boats go as the mariners all know.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, November 10, 2021 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



THE WRECK of the EDMUND FITZGERALD: The legend lives o­n from the Chippewa o­n down of the big lake they called Gitche Gumee. This is the 45th anniversary of the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald -- 729 feet-long, 75 feet in breadth, 39 feet in depth, weighing 13,632 gross tons -- an ore bulk carrier with a capacity of 25,000 tons. When it was launched o­n June 7 1958, at the Great Lakes Engineering Works in River Rouge, Michigan, Fitzgerald was the largest ship o­n the Great Lakes. Here's misty, water-colored video of the launch.

The "Queen of the Great Lakes" sank in the eastern end of Lake Superior during a fierce storm -- including snow squalls -- that pounded the ship with 30-foot waves. The crew of 29 men perished; without witnesses, a definitive reason has never been determined. A Coast Guard report suggested that faulty hatches failed to keep water out of the ship's cargo holds, though others believe the ship struck an uncharted shoal and took o­n water. A documentary created and aired by the Discovery Channel concluded the loss was due to freak waves that overwhelmed the faulty hatches.

After the wreck, the Rev. Richard Ingalls went to Mariners' Church in Detroit and rang its bell 29 times, o­nce for each life lost. The church continues to hold an annual memorial, which includes reading the names of the crewmen and ringing the church bell. Here's video of Rev. Ingalls recounting that night.  More than 250 people gathered at the church for the 40th anniversary, which was expanded to remember victims from all tragedies on the Great Lakes. And here's a remembrance from a brother of one of the lost crew members.

At the request of family members surviving her crew, Fitzgerald's 200 lb. bronze bell was recovered by the Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society in 1995, as a joint project with the National Geographic Society, Canadian Navy, Sony Corporation, and Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. The bell is now o­n display in the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum. Here's a brief video from o­ne of the underwater explorations of the wreck. Fmr newsman Larry Elliot recalls the remote expedition.  And here is a story from one of the two scuba divers to ever reach the sunken hull.  Throw in the 3-D animation, and you'll feel just like Bill Paxton.

The song by Gordon Lightfoot spent 21 straight weeks o­n the pop charts, peaking at No. 2. Here, Lightfoot discusses writing the song, and the lyrics he's changed.  And there's a homemade video for it, which I highly recommend. Beats the tar of Celine Dion! (PS:  Ken King -- who has lived o­n the U.P. of  Michigan, says the gales of November are quite something.)


THE FEELIES played their first shows since 2019 in Woodstock and Jersey City.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED features Jónsi, Julie Doiron, David Keenan, and more.

SNAIL MAIL plays "Valentine" for Colbert.

MITSKI shares "The Only Heartbreaker."

LOS LOBOS: Steve Berlin visits the Transmissions podcast.


ABBA: An Introduction for The Kids.

SUSANNA HOFFS talks to Stereogum about all the things.

JOHN ANDREWS & THE YAWNS: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview.

THE BEVIS FROND: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview.


DEAN STOCKWELL, who began his seven-decade acting career as a child in the 1940s, starred in the science fiction TV series “Quantum Leap,” and had career-defining roles, including in “Paris, Texas,” “Dune,” “Blue Velvet” and “Married to the Mob,” died on Sunday at his home. He was 85.  He was also great in the "Battlestar Galactica" reboot, though it's always going to be this turn in "Blue Velvet," isn't it?

RYAN REYNOLDS talks about marriage.

WILL SMITH dishes about his ealy days with Jada Pinkett.

YELLOWSTONE: The biggest thing on Cable since "The Walking Dead."

SQUID GAME gets a second season.

PETER JACKSON sold Weta Digital, his visal effects studio, for 1.625 Billion.

VETERANS' DAY: Tomorrow is the observation of the anniversary of the end of WWI; thank a vet today, and read the excellent 2009 piece by the WaPo's David Ignatius that may be more true today.


THE LOOK of Betrayal.

THE BIRDS, on a Dutch fishing boat.

DOGS & CATS, living together...

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At least it was in the sixties yesterday.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, November 09, 2021 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


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


BIG STAR: Jody Stephens was joined by Yo La Tengo's Ira Kaplan, The dB's Chris Stamey, Brett Harris & Charles Cleaver, and more for a tribute show.


AMANDA SHIRES shares "Home to Me."


R.E.M.: Michael Stipe and Mike Mills reveal the secrets of "Electrolite."

BEN GIBBARD, on the Legacy of Death Cab for Cutie's The Photo Album, 20 Years Later.

THE BEST ALBUMS of 2021 (So Far), updated by Vulture.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Whitney Houston's bombastic, gospel-flavored ballad "All The Man That I Need."


NO TIME TO DIE reportedly hits Video-on-Demand today.

BENNIFER: Caught canoodling on camera.

LEONARDO DiCAPRIO wants to play Jim Jones.

WONDER WOMAN 3: The Return of Lynda Carter.

STAR WARS: Rogue Squadron, due to be directed by Wonder Woman filmmaker Patty Jenkins, has been delayed.

EMILIO ESTEVEZ is not returning to The Mighty Ducks. It's complicated.

MIDNIGHT RUN is getting a sequel.

HOW POPULAR are Standup Specials on Netflix?  Also, how good is Blumhouse at budgeting horror films?

STRANGER THINGS: Season 4 has a trailer online.


NOW THE DUCK wants to wear my red shoes.

BISCUIT & WAFFLES share a sidecar.


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And now it seems darker.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, November 08, 2021 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


SHARON JONES and the DAP-KINGS:  The video for "100 Days, 100 Nights" was directed by Adam Elias Buncher, who achieved the old skool look using two vintage TV cameras bought on eBay for 50 dollars each.

NEW RELEASES: Paste will point you to Nation of Language, Snail Mail, Aimee Mann, and more.

BILL'S INDIE BASEMENT has Penelope Isles, Chime School, Massage, and more.

ASTROWORLD: A stampede of fans surging toward the stage during rap star Travis Scott's music festival in Houston killed at least eight people and injured dozens more as panic rippled through the crowd of largely young concertgoers, officials said on Saturday.

UB40: The band's former trumpet player, percussionist and vocalist Terence ‘Astro' Wilson has died. He was 64.

808 STATE bassist and keyboardist Andrew Barker has passed at at 53.

SHOULD CLASSIC ROCK SONGS BE TOPPLED LIKE CONFEDERATE STATUTES? That was the original title of this NYT essay before social media weighed in.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at the complicated story behind C+C Music Factory's triumphantly simplistic house anthem "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)."


WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Marvel's The Eternals tops the chart with 71MM, well below the early tracking numbers of 80-85MM, but its 162MM worldwide take is the second-largest of the pandemic (behind F9, which had the Chinese market).  The upside is the lack of new competition until Thanksgiving.  Dune places with 7.6MM on a 51 percent drop as it lost a bunch of screens (esp IMAX) to the MCU.  No Time to Die shows with 6.1MM on a 20 percent drop.

KIRK DOUGLAS sexually assaulted Natalie when she was a teenager, according to Wood's sister.

BRITNEY SPEARS' former managers have argued that the singer cannot subpoena financial records prior to 2019, adding that they had no knowledge of a listening device placed in her bedroom.

KANYE WEST is dating model Vinetria.

SARAH JESSICA PARKER, on returning to the City.

VIN DIESEL asks DWAYNE JOHNSON to return for F10.

TECH NOIR: The sub-genre of the 1990s.



A CAT, watching a baby goat.

RED LIGHT... Green Light.

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