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Aimee Mann, Big Thief, Lower Dens, Chrissie Hynde, Penis Fish   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, December 13, 2019 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with AIMEE MANN's CHRISTMAS CAROL (profanity warnings): Part One has your Scrooge-y set-up with Michael Penn. Part Two features The Office's John Krasinski. Part Three has Michael Cera. Part Four has John C. Reilly.



CHRISSIE HYNDE visits World Cafe.


TOM WAITS gives a reading of a "Christmas Card From a Hooker in Minneapolis."

DAVID BYRNE shot down rumors of a Talking Heads reunion.

PRINCE: The Story of 1999 is a four-part podcast.

JOHNNY MARR On The Art Of The Pop Single.

STEREOGUM's 100 Favorite Songs Of 2019.


NOW SHOWING:This weekend's wide releases include Jumanji: The Next Level, which is currently scoring 68 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; Richard Jewell, which is scoring 76 percent; Black Christmas, scoring 48 percent; Uncut Gems, scoring 93 percent; and Bombshell, scoring 63 percent.

PURPLE RAIN, THE LAST WALTTZ and CLERKS are among those added to the National Film Registry

CATS director Tom Hooper has revealed that the controversial new live-action film had to be largely remade after the hugely critical reaction its first trailer received.

GAME OF THRONES creators David Benioff & D.B. Weiss have set at Warner Bros an untitled thriller inspired by the graphic novel Lovecraft.

PETER DINKLEGE on his early days in the city, the price of stardom, and letting go of Tyrion Lannister.

KEVIN BACON reveals the character he'd like to revisit.

THE 35 BEST Movie Performances of 2019.


THOUSANDS OF "PENIS" FISH wash onto a California beach.

NYC PEST CONTROLLERS accidentally create a new breed of super-rat.

A 55-POUND CATFISH was caught and released on the Cumberland River.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: They're holiday porch pirates.

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Ty Segall, Grace Potter, Wood Bros, MGMT, Great White Sharks   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, December 12, 2019 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



TY SEGALL plays WFUV Live.


THE WOOD BROTHERS play the 2019 AmericanaFest Day Stage.

FIELD MUSIC shares “Beyond That of Courtesy.”


MGMT shares "In The Afternoon."

STEVEN HYDEN's favorite albums of 2019.

HEAVY ROTATION: Public Radio's Most Popular Songs Of 2019.

THE BEST ROCK ALBUMS of 2019, according to Pitchfork.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Wings' reassuring soft-rocker "With A Little Luck," the moment when Paul McCartney interrupted an unfathomable streak of Bee Gees smashes.


HARVEY WEINSTEIN and the board of his bankrupt film studio have reached a tentative 25MM settlement agreement with dozens of his alleged sexual misconduct victims, a deal that would not require the Hollywood producer to admit wrongdoing or pay anything to his accusers himself, according to lawyers involved in the negotiations.

HOW REESE WITHERSPOON took charge of her career and changed Hollywood.

GWEN STEFANI & BLAKE SHELTON have hit a roadblock on the way to the altar.

BRAD PITT is not expecting to see the kids over Christmas.

JACK BLACK forgot he was in a holiday movie for a second there.

STAR WARS: J.J. Abrams has mixed feelings about The Last Jedi.

THE MATRIX 4 is set to open the same day as JOHN WICK 4. Andy Levy's theory is looking better all the time.

PHILIP McKEON, who played the son on Alice, died Tuesday morning in Texas.


THIS DOGGO's trust jump has been posted before, but it's still priceless for the look afterward.

A 32-FOOT TAPEWORM, removed.

DEAD DUCKS set a Juneau home ablaze.

THERE ARE SIX GREAT WHITE SHARKS off Florida's coast. What say you, Police Chief Brody?

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Springsteen, Mellencamp, Debbie Harry-DMC, Eurythmics, Pupper   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, December 11, 2019 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


SHARON JONES & THE DAP-KINGS: “Ain’t No Chimneys In The Projects.” 

STING'S RAINFOREST BENEFIT boasted a bunch of highlights: Bruce Springsteen & John Mellencamp dueting on “Glory Days” and “Pink Houses”; DMC adding to Debbie Harry's "Rapture"; and a three-song reunion of the Eurythmics.

MAGGIE ROSE plays the 2019 AmericanaFest Day Stage.

OVERCOATS visit The Current.


THE HADEN TRIPLETS (Petra, Rachel and Tanya)share a video for “Every Time I Try,” ft Nick Offerman.

RYLEY WALKER talks to Steven Hyden about surviving addicition, mental health, and self-destruction in 2019.

THE BEST SONGS & ALBUMS of the decade, according to NME.

THE 100 BEST SONGS of 2019, according to Pitchfork.

MARIE FREDRIKSSON, one half of the enormously popular Swedish pop duo Roxette, has died of cancer at 61.


WILLIAM SHATNER files for divorce.

BRAD PITT, on the kind of leading man he doesn't want to be.

STAR WARS: John Boyega "didn't necessarily agree with a lot of the choices" in The Last Jedi.

BRITNEY SPEARS is planning to go to court next year to fight for more time with her sons.

CUBA GOODING, JR is accused of unwanted sexual contact by seven more women, bringing the total to 22.

JON HAMM talks about Richard Jewell, Top Gun: Maverick, and Good Omens.

GWYNETH PALTROW, with the gift that keeps on giving.

LOVE, ACTUALLY: A rom-com masterpiece?


ANTICI... pation!

A SPUNKY GOAT headbutts his "dad" daily.

A PUPPY adopts a stray kitten.


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Los Lobos, Aubrie Sellars, All Songs, Moose Fight   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, December 10, 2019 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


BOB GELDOF, by his own admission, is responsible for two of the worst songs in history: "'Do They Know It's Christmas?" and "We Are The World."

LOS LOBOS visits Morning Becomes Eclectic for a special set of Christmas songs.

AUBRIE SELLARS plays the 2019 AmericanaFest Day Stage.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: The Year in Music 2019.


COURTNEY BARNETT covers Leonard Cohen's "So Long, Marianne."

JIMI HENDRIX gets almost two and one-half hours of discussion and analysis on Political Beats with guest Jane Coaston of Vox.

WHO WILL BE THE CHRISTMAS NO. 1?  Why the UK pop charts are weirdly more relevant than ever before.

CHRIS CORNELL's widow sues Soundgarden over unfinished songs and unpaid royalties.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Yvonne Elliman's Bee Gees-written disco jam "If I Can't Have You."


THE GOLDEN GLOBES nominations went to these folks. The Ringer assesses winners and losers. My streak remains unbroken.

JUICE WRLD was given the opioid treatment Narcan before his death. Acting on a tip, police were waiting to search his plane for drugs and guns.

HARVEY WEINSTEIN  and JEFFREY EPSTEIN posed for a picture at a party thrown by Prince Andrew.

BEYONCE does an AMA with Elle.

RICHARD JEWELL:  The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is asking Warner Bros. and the makers of the movie to release a statement acknowledging it took dramatic license when it portrayed journalist Kathy Scruggs as trading sex for tips. Warner Bros issued a response suggesting it's not happening.

PHOEBE WALLER-BRIDGE says she was not hired for No Time To Die to add a woman's touch

ANGELO BALDAMENTI describes how he created "Laura Palmer’s Theme" for Twin Peaks.

6 UNDERGROUND has a final trailer online. Is it the most Michael Bay trailer evah?

GHOSTBUSTERS: AFTERLIFE has a trailer online.


MOOSE in a street fight. I may have posted this before, but it's so good.

ONE OF THE SMOOTHEST saves you'll ever see.

A GIANT BEAR moved in under a Lake Tahoe home.

A COCKER SPANIEL trashed her home so effectively that the humans suspected burglary. That's why the lady is a tramp.

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New Releases, Indie Basement, Olivia Jean, Ostrich,   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, December 09, 2019 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE RAVEONETTES' 2011 video for 2001's "The Christmas Song.

NEW RELEASES: Paste will point you toward The Who, IDLES, Emily Yacina, and more.

INDIE BASEMENT will point you to the Just Joans, Go-Betweens, Proper Ornaments and more.

OLIVIA JEAN visits WNYC Soundcheck.


JOHN LENNON: "(Just Like) Starting Over." I remember when Howard Cosell delivered the bad news on Monday Night Football.

DAVE GROHL saves every paycheck and still drives a family car.

RAPHAEL SADDIQ talks to All Songs Considered about his brothers' battle with addiction, the origins of D'Angelo's "Untitled (How Does It Feel)," and what it's like to play two Tiny Desk concerts 10 years apart.

VOTING FOR ALBUMS OF THE YEAR is open at Stereogum and NPR.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at the Bee Gees' all-conquering disco howler "Night Fever."


WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Frozen II threepeats atop the chart with another 34.7MM on a 60 percent drop, in what has become the traditionally dead post-hilday weekend.It will likely break the billion-dollar mark worldwide by next weekend.  Knives Out places with 14.2MM on a 47 percent drop; it's likely well in the black against a mere 40MM budget (the cast must have worked cheap).  The real question is whether its legs hold up with a Jumanji and a Star Wars coming.  Ford v Ferrari shows with 6.5MM on a 50 percent drop. This one could still make a bit of money, even against a 97MM budget, but awards season iay be the decifding factor in that total.  Queen & Slim holds on to the fourth slot with 6.5MM on a 45 percent drop and 26MM total so far against a 20MM budget.  A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood rounds out the Top Five with 5.2MM on a 56 percent drop; it has a 43MM total so far against a 25MM budget.  Below the fold, this weekend's sole wide release, Playmobil, earned the grand sum of 670K from over 2000 screens. Ouch.

WONDER WOMAN 1984 has a trailer online.

CAROLL SPINNEY, who performed both Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch on Sesame Street, has died at 85.

RENE AUBERJONOIS, the original Father Mulcahy and best known for his roles in "Boston Legal" and "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine," died at his home in Los Angeles due to metastatic lung cancer. He was 79.

RON LEIBMAN, the Tony Award-winning acor who also played Rachel's dad on Friends, died Friday of pneumonia in New York City. He was 82.

ROBERT WALKER, JR.,  the son of actors Robert Walker and Jennifer Jones who starred as Charlie X on Star Trek, died Thursday in Malibu, his wife, Dawn, reported. He was 79.

JUICE WRLD, an up-and-coming rapper who penned the hit 2018 single “Lucid Dreams,” has died of a seizure at the age of 21.

BEYONCE is not doing a Las Vegas residency, her rep has confirmed to Variety. 

NOAH BAUMBACH shares the soundtrack of his life.

HOW JOHN TRAVOLTA discovered the meaning of "awkward."

NICOLAS CAGE got his chance to play Superman, but it apparently did not work out again.


AN OSTRICH feeds from a car.

FRESHWATER MUSSELS, nature’s 'Brita Filter,’ are dying at hotspots around the country and nobody knows why.

A DOG learns to pet a cat.

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