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Well, what if there is no tomorrow? There wasn't one today.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, February 01, 2019 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



I got flowers...in the Spring...

First D.J.: "Rise and shine, campers and don't forget your booties 'cause it's cooooold out there today."

Second D.J.: "It's cold out there every day. What is this, Miami Beach?"

First D.J.: "Not hardly. So the big question o­n everybody's lips..."

Second D.J.: "O­n their chapped lips..."

First D.J.: "...their chapped lips is, 'Does Phil feel lucky?' Punxsatawney Phil! That's right, woodchuck chuckers, it's...


Saturday, Punxsutawney Phil ---  the Seer of Seers, Sage of Sages, Prognosticator of Prognosticators, and Weather Prophet Extraordinary will predict whether we will have six more weeks of winter.  According to the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club, Phil has seen his shadow 103 times, and hasn't seen it (predicting an early spring) only 18 times.  Phil's track record is hotly disputed, though he's has had a pretty good run recently.  Nevertheless, thousands will await the sunrise and the groundhog at Gobbler's Knob in the tiny Pennsylvania hamlet that has become known as the "Weather Capital of the World," due in no small part to the movie that makes every day Groundhog Day.

This is o­ne time where the Internet really fails to capture the true excitement of a movie about a large squirrel predicting the weather. However, you can see the trailer as a refresher (while BuzzFeed compiles trivia).

In 2005, Roger Ebert revisited Groundhog Day, declaring that the film "finds its note and purpose so precisely that its genius may not be immediately noticeable. It unfolds so inevitably, is so entertaining, so apparently effortless, that you have to stand back and slap yourself before you see how good it really is."

At the other end of the political spectrum, Jonah Goldberg's equally effusive movie meditation grabbed the cover of National Review: "When I set out to write this article, I thought it'd be fun to do a quirky homage to an offbeat flick, o­ne I think is brilliant as both comedy and moral philosophy. But while doing what I intended to be cursory research -- how much reporting do you need for a review of a twelve-year-old movie that plays constantly o­n cable? -- I discovered that I wasn't alone in my interest. In the years since its release the film has been taken up by Jews, Catholics, Evangelicals, Hindus, Buddhists, Wiccans, and followers of the oppressed Chinese Falun Gong movement."

Indeed, a 2004 article mentioned by Ebert (but not linked) from London's Independent observes that the Harold Ramis comedy has been hailed by some religious leaders as the most spiritual film of all time. More examples can be found at the NYT and the Christian Science Monitor.

As Phil Connors ultimately observed: "When Chekhov saw the long winter, he saw a winter bleak and dark and bereft of hope. Yet we know that winter is just another step in the cycle of life. But standing here among the people of Punxsutawney and basking in the warmth of their hearths and hearts, I couldn't imagine a better fate than a long and lustrous winter."

ACCORDINGLY, we conclude:

...with Sonny & Cher o­n Hullabaloo and famously o­n Letterman years later, plus UB40 with Chrissie Hynde, not to mention The Cynics (from the Bonograph tribute CD), and David Bowie & Marianne Faithfull.

UPDATE: Punxsutawney Phil doesn't see his shadow and predicts an early spring.

CASS McCOMBS advance streams Tip of the Sphere.

JESSICA PRATT advance streams Quiet Signs.

ROMA: The movie soundtrack includes contributions from Beck, Patti Smith, Laura Marling and more.

DEER TICK shares  a cover of Ben Vaughn's “Too Sensitive for This World,” and their own “Bluesboy.”

THE MEKONS share "Lawrence of California."

LUCY DACUS covers “La Vie En Rose.”


BOB MOULD shres a video for "Lost Faith."

BLACK SABBATH, ranked by The Guardian.

BEIRUT's Zach Condon on nine songs that inspire him.

THE SPECIALS' Terry Hall speaks of his depression after being kidnapped by a pedophile ring at age 12.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Carole King's jazzy, nuanced breakup song "It's Too Late."


NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide debut is Miss Bala, scoring 35 percent on the ol' Tomatometer. And Peter Jackson's WWI documentary, They Shall Not Grow Old, featuring restored and colorized footage, expands wide at 98 percent.

JUSSIE SMOLLETT: Chicago Police are now looking for two persons of interest to question regarding the attack on the Empire star, though there are still no suspects.

THE OSCARS, in a reversal, will feature all five nominated songs on the telecast.

KEVIN SMITH reveals details on Zack Snyder's planned Justice League trilogy. Elsewhere, he delivered an emotional tribute to Stan Lee.

SUICIDE SQUAD: The sequel is likely a "relaunch" and likely directed by James Gunn.

STARDUST will be a film about the young David Bowie, starring Johnny Flynn, Marc Maron and Jena Malone.

CBS Entertainment president Kelly Kahl talks to Deadline about the network's culture and future.

BRADGELINA: "Despite their split, Pitt and Jolie remain committed to their winemaking and are even expanding their production line, with a new bottling commemorating their estate’s significant contribution to pop music."


DUCK vs DOG: Who you got?

A STARFISH-KILLING DISEASE is remaking the oceans.

A BRITISH ZOO  is offering spurned lovers the chance to get back at their exes by naming cockroaches for them on Valentine's Day.

AN ORANGUTAN PATERNITY TEST delivered surprising results.

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The polar vortex seemingly slowed the "news," but Things.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


LEONARD COHEN plays "So Long, Marianne," circa 1979.

ELVIS COSTELLO, Live at Philly's Tower Theater, Jan. 30, 1981.

OH PEP! stops by World Cafe Next.

NUDIE MAG streams their demo

BEACH SLANG covers Bob Mould's "I Hate Alternative Rock."

INTERPOL shares "Fine Mess."

CRAIG FINN shares "Blankets," and not a moment too soon.

PETER DOHERTY & THE PUTA MADRES shares "Who's Been Having You Over."


AVEY TARE (Animal Collective) shares a video for "Saturdays (Again)."


THE BEATLES' rooftop concert was 50 years ago; here's Ken Mansfield, one of the few people who was actually with the band to witness it. ALSO: Peter Jackson has signed on to make a new film culled from the 55 hours of footage shot during the Let It Be sessions.

BACK IN BLACK? Brian Johnson reportedly confirms a new AC/DC album.

KISS: Ace Frehley has some words for Gene Simmons.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at the Honey Cone's novelty R & B jam, "Want Ads"


JUSSIE SMOLLET: Chicago Police Detectives have reviewed surveillance footage of the Empire actor, but so far none of the video shows him being attacked by two masked men.

JOHN MALKOVICH is to star in a new play inspired by the disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein - and the actor says it may "upset" people.

BRYAN SINGER was fired from Bohemian Rhapsody, but may still make 40 million.

LADY GAGA was fiercely protective of Kesha while being deposed as part of the legal battle with Dr. Luke.

THE BATMAN will feature multiple villains. Sigh. ALSO: Seems like Ben Affleck is out.

BILL AND TED may be home for Christmas.

THE CRITERION COLLECTION is launching their steaming service in April.

DICK MILLER, a prolific screen actor best known for his role as Murray Futterman in the 1984 classic horror film Gremlins, has died. He was 90. Miller is also known for roles the cult classic A Bucket of Blood, The ‘Burbs, Fame and The Terminator.


WHY won't anybody pet me?


INTERNET-FAMOUS PETS age like all the rest.

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My tauntaun will freeze before it makes the first marker, but GbV, XTC and more   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, January 30, 2019 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


999: "Homicide." You better believe it.

GUIDED BY VOICES streams he 32-song double album Zeppelin Over China.

XTC, Live at Boston’s Paradise Rock Club, January 29, 1980.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED features new tracks from Better Oblivion Community Center, Duster, Bellows, and more.


PAUL SIMON reimagines "One Man's Ceiling Is Another Man's Floor" and “Rene And Georgette Magritte With Their Dog After The War” on Colbert.

THE 30 BEST ALBUMS of 1969, according to Paste.

BLACK FLAG, ranked by Brooklyn Vegan.

JAMES INGRAM, the R & B singer who collected two Grammy Awards and a pair of No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 hits over his decades-long career, has died. He was 66.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at the The Rolling Stones' raunchy, messy rocker "Brown Sugar."


JUSSIE SMOLLETT: The  Empire star told the Chicago Police Department he was assaulted early Tuesday morning by two suspects who yelled out “racial and homophobic slurs” before the attack.

GWYNETH PALTROW is accused of a hit-and-run ski collision.

MICHAEL B. JORDAN was... caught canoodling with actress Kiki Layne.

ZACK SNYDER, who directed 2017's Justice League only to step away from movies to deal with a family tragedy, has signed on to helm Army of the Dead, a zombie horror thriller, for Netflix.

OSCAR ISSAC is the latest star in negotiations to join the Dune reboot.

ROSARIO DAWSON is set to join Zombieland 2.

LINDSAY LOHAN is back in her first film in six years, Among the Shadows.

TOY STORY 4 has a tiny trailer featuring an old character.


A BOBCAT prowls a New Boston yard.

A SHEEP, playing in the snow.

A CAT, in a rain poncho.

RAVENMASTER is a job at the Tower of London.

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Prepping for the polar vortex, but Things.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, January 29, 2019 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


R.E.M., playing "Radio Free Europe" and "So. Central Rain (I'm Sorry)" for their network TV debut ... and Twofer Tuesday.

SHARON VAN ETTEN visits Morning Becomes Eclectic.

TOMMY EMMANUEL & JOHN KNOWLES perform for The Current.

NOTHING strips down some songs at the World Cafe.

THE MOUNTAIN GOATS share "Younger" ahead of a Dungeons & Dragons-Inspired album.

CAT POWER guests on a new song from Lou Doillon.


NEW ORDER plays "Ceremony" in rare 1981 footage.

SHIELA E shares her memories of working with Prince.

SUNFLOWER BEAN gets a big profile from NME.

EVERYTHING BUT THE GIRL's Tracey Thorn on performing, her parents and her second memoir, Another Planet.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Three Dog Night's silly smash "Joy To The World."


INVSIBLE MAN: Universal is bringing in horror maven Jason Blum to restart this film, effectively killing the studio's planned Dark Universe.

THE JOKER movie starring Joaquin Phoenix was rewritten as it was shot.

JORDAN PEELE talks to Empire about the inspiration for Us.

TOLKIEN shares some first-look pics at Entertainment Weekly.

STEVE WYNN was accused of raping, assaulting, and harassing Wynn Resorts employees for years while company execs turned a blind eye.

THE DUDE meets CARRIE BRADSHAW on Superbowl Sunday.

WONDER WOMAN 3 likely won't be a period piece.


DOG vs CAT... plus rat?

POODLE vs CAT: No Mas.

THE WORLD'S LONLIEST DUCK dies on the island of Niue...but how lonely way he, really?

GLASS CEILING FOR DOGS?  Males win the Westminster Kennel Club show twice as often.

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Conor Oberst and Phoebe Bridgers, Jim James, TK Echo, Kurt Vile, Scallops   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, January 28, 2019 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE MAMAS & PAPAS lip-synced "California Dreaming" really well o­n Hullaballoo, but not showing you the go-go dancers, who are worth the wait

BETTER OBLIVION COMMUNITY CENTER, a/k/a Conor Oberst and Phoebe Bridgers, plays CBS This Morning.

JIM JAMES stops by the World Cafe.

TK ECHO streams a self-titled debut EP.

KURT VILE shares the jangly, Meat Puppets-esque, "Timing Is Everything (And I'm Falling Behind)."


NELLIE McKAY shares a video for "My Romance."

DAVID CROSBY talks to Vanity Fair about his new documentary (David Crosby: Remember My Name), the evils of Spotify, and his drug-addled past.

MANIC STREET PREACHERS' Richey Edwards may have staged his own disappearance.

IN PICTURES: Mod revival fanzines.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at the Temptations' tender masterpiece, "Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)."


WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Glass repeats atop the chart with 19MM on a 53 percent drop; this trajectory is quite a bit lower than its predecessor, Split, but it's still boffo biz against a 20MM production budget. The Upside places again with 12.2MM on a leggy 18 percent drop (could it top the chart on Super Bowl weekend? Hmm.)  Aquaman shows again with another 7.4MM on a 28 percent drop.  The Kid Who Would Be King debuts in the fourth slot with 7.3MM, which I presume is disappointing, though it could still make decent bank in the UK (where it oddly hasn't opened yet).  Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse rounds out the Top Five with another 6.2MM on a still-leggy 19 percent drop.

THE SAG AWARDS went to these folks. Congrats!

THE OSCARS are cutting most songs from the telecast.

BRYAN SINGER will keep his Red Sonja directing gig despite new accusations of sexual misconduct. But he may be taking a pay cut.

GLENN CLOSE talks to BuzzFeed News about her face, and more.

RYAN REYNOLDS says Deadpool 3 goes in "a completely different direction" to its predecessors.

CHRISTOPHER NOLAN's next movie gets a July 2020 release date.

ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD: Vanity Fair has an exclusive look at Quentin Tarantino's next film.


SCALLOPS can move — and they're surprisingly fast.

RED WOLF PUP vs Gravity.

PEREGRINE FALCONS return to New Jersey skies.

AN EMOTIONAL SUPPORT GATOR assists a Pennsylvania man.

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