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Adam Schlesinger RIP   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, April 02, 2020 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


ADAM SCHLESINGER, a singer-songwriter for the bands Fountains of Wayne and Ivy who had an award-winning second career writing songs for film (including "That Thing You Do" and the Wham!tastic "Pop Goes My Heart"), theater and television, died from complications of the coronavirus, on Wednesday. He was 52. In addition to that NYT obit, here's Rolling Stone, Variety, and NPR.  Brooklyn Vegan has your tributes.  RS also has 20 Essential Songs spanning Schlesinger's career, including "Stacy's Mom," but you rally could not go wrong picking just about any of his songs at random.I have fond memories of Fountains of Wayne live, including the way that they would turn their terrific "Radiation Vibe" into a a medley of 70s and 80s cheese (or do you prefer it unplugged).

ELLIS MARSALIS, jazz pianist, teacher and patriarch of a New Orleans musical family that includes famed musician sons Wynton and Branford, has died. He was 85.

I'll be back tomorrow, once I've composed myself.

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Guess what day it is...no really, what day is it?   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, April 01, 2020 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


DAVE MASON: "We Just Disagree." 

NPR LIVE SESSIONS: Entire concerts from Mudhoney, Jason Isbell, Graham Nash and more.

WEYES BLOOD, Live on Instagram. (Thx, kmm.)

JEFF TWEEDY covers the Meat Puppets' "Plateau" online and perfoms with his sons on Kimmel.

THE MOUNTAIN GOATS' John Darnielle debuts "Until Olympius Returns."

CHELSEA LIGHT MOVING shares "Sunday Stage."


DEBBIE HARRY & KERMIT THE FROG: "Rainbow Connection."

M WARD: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview.

THE STROKES: The Wilderness Years.

DAVID BOWIE: 25 Deep Cuts.

HIGH FIDELITY AT 20: The sneakily dark edge of a comedy about bad breakups.


SOME GOOD NEWS, with John Krasinski.

CHRIS CUOMO, CNN anchor, has tested positive and will host from home.

TIGER KING: Tampa authorities on Tuesday confirmed tips have been rolling in daily concerning a cold case featured in the wildly popular Netflix docuseries.

LINDSAY LOHAN returns with a weird video.

TOMMY BOY TURNS 25: Director Peter Segal reflects.

TMNT TURNS 30: An Oral History.

SCRUBS: Zach Braff and Donald Faison have officially launched their rewatch podcast Fake Doctors, Real Friends.

JOE BUCK Says People Keep Asking Him To Narrate Their Sex Tapes.


MOUNTAIN GOATS have taken over the town of Llandudno in Wales.

MEANWHILE, a bear tidies up.

VERY SMOLL, but full of life.

WELLINGTON THE PENGUIN visited the belugas at the Shedd Aquarium.

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Jon Pratt, and Tuesday Things.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, March 31, 2020 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


JON PRATT: Pate's frontman, live from home, covering Willie Nelson's "Night Life."

THE WHO get over three hours of discussion and analysis, up through "The Seeker," on this week's Political Beats with guest Ben Domenech. It will destroy you in more ways than one.

STEVIE WONDER, Live at the Rainbow Theater, Jan. 31, 1974.

AMANDA SHIRES & JASON ISBELL cover Radiohead's "High And Dry."

SAM NEILL covers Radiohead's "Creep" on ukulele.  He was so preoccupied with whether or not he could, he didn't stop to think if he should.

ANGEL OLSEN covers Roxy Music's "More Than This."


THE FOUNDATIONS: "Build Me Up, Buttercup" and "Baby, Now That I Found You" are your Twofer Tuesday. 

JOHN PRINE is in stable condition.  Big Thief's Adrianne Lenker has shared a cover of Prine's "Summer's End."

ADAM SCHLESSINGER of Fountains of Wayne has been on a ventilator in a medically-induced coma?  UPDATE: Not in a coma, but on a ventilator.

ALLAN MERRILL, ho fronted the ’70s rock band Arrows and co-wrote “I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll,” has died at the age of 69 due to complications with the coronavirus.

THE BEST ALBUMS of 2020 (So Far), according to NME.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Bill yJoel's first-ever No. 1, the new-wave snark jam "It's Still Rock And Roll To Me."


MEGXIT: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have turned to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in selecting the woman who will help them a forge their new charitable endeavor outside of the royal realm.

THE THOMAS CROWN AFFAIR: A painting by Dutch master Vincent van Gogh was stolen in an overnight smash-and-grab raid on a museum that was closed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

ELLEN BARKIN is being sued for posting a photo of Ellen Barkin.

MICHAEL BAY has set his Bay Films to a multiyear first look deal with Sony Pictures to produce both film and TV projects.

RICK & MORTY share an anime short.

35 UNDER 35: The Movie Star Ranking.

THE RINGER'S Best TV Character of the Century Bracket. Check the updates on that page for things like Elisabeth Moss explaining Mad Men's Peggy Olson.


LIKE THAT SCENE FROM "GHOST," but with a cat.

AN ELEPHANT uses a stick to clean in-between its toes.


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So, how's the silicon chip inside your head holding up?   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, March 30, 2020 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


FAITH NO MORE: "We Care A Lot."

NEW RELEASES: Pitchfork points to Waxahatchee, Half Waif, Nap Eyes, and more.

BILL'S INDIE BASEMENT points to Deeper, Las Kellies, and more.

SONIC YOUTH posted 11 live concerts, including one from Cabaret Metro, to stream on Bandcamp.

BOB DYLAN drops “Murder Most Foul,” a 17-minute ballad about the assassination of J.F.K.


MICHAEL STIPE shares a demo for a new song, “No Time for Love Like Now,” with The National's Aaron Dessner.

THE MOUNTAIN GOATS' John Darnielle debut the new song "Exegetic Chains."


BERKLEE COLLEGE OF MUSIC STUDENTS form a virtual orchestra to perform Burt Bacharach and Hal David's "What The World Needs Now Is Love."

JOHN PRINE is in critical condition.

JOE DIFFIE, Grammy-winning Country artist, passed away on Sunday from complications of the virus.

DAVID BYRNE writes about the pandemic.

THE UK's TOP 100 coronavirus quarantine songs.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Paul McCartney & Wings' brittle, new-wavy "Coming Up (Live At Glasgow)," the final #1 of the Wings era.


WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Almost had you, didn't I?

CHINA's film regulators has slammed the brakes on plans to gradually reopen the country's cinemas, in case you thought their numbers weren't propaganda.

KATHERINE SCHWARZENEGGER begs Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti To Close Brentwood Farmer’s Market.

CONTAGION's stars get in on the PSAs.

DAVID GEFFEN has been slammed for flaunting a photo of his time in quarantine — from aboard his multi-million dollar yacht

DISNEYLAND and WORLD will remain closed indefinitely.

TOM HANKS & RITA WILSON return to the US.

BETTY WHITE is self-isolating just to keep everyone chill.

JOHHNY DEPP's defamation suit against Amber Heard proceeds.

LORI LAUGHLIN and her husband have urged a federal judge to dismiss charges against them again.

FURIOSA: Director George Miller has reportedly been holding auditions for a Mad Max: Fury Road spin-off movie.


HE WAS BORED, I am amused.

NOW I GET why people hoarded toilet paper.

THESE LIVESTREAMS keep getting better.

LIBERTY THE QUARATINE DOG is very NSFW, for those still in offices.

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Traffic, because there's so much less.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, March 27, 2020 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with TRAFFIC!  Live in Santa Monica, circa 1972, flagged by my online pal Jay. Your setlist includes: Low Spark of High Heeled Boys; Light Up or Leave Me Alone; John Barley corn; Rainmaker; Glad; Freedom Rider; Forty Thousand Headmen; and Dear Mr. Fantasy. 

NINE INCH NAILS release new albums 'Ghosts V: Together' and 'Ghosts VI: Locusts' for free.

MARGO PRICE & JEREMY IVEY play a Tiny Desk Concert from their attic.

NEIL YOUNG busts into more rarities at home.

CRAIG FINN shares "All These Perfect Crosses."

DROPKICK MURPHYS share "Mick Jones Ate My Pudding" and their cover of Black 47's "James Connolly."


BRIGHT EYES: Conor Oberst talks to NME about chemistry and working with Phoebe Bridgers - and insists the band never broke up .

WAXAHATCHEE: Katie Crutchfield is profiled at DIY.

STEVE EARLE talks to SPIN about Ghosts of West Virginia.

THE KNACK: Guitarist Berton Averre has an inveitable corona video.


NOW SHOWING: Nothing. Nada. Bupkis.

MEGXIT:  The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have moved to Los Angeles.

EVANGELINE LILLY Apologizes for Dismissive Comments About Coronavirus.

ANGELINA JOLIE's son Maddox returned home early from college in South Korea amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

A STUNTWOMAN breaks down Captain America: Winter Soldier.

COURTNEY COX would be terrible at Friends trivia.

STEVE CARELL’s decision to leave The Office had more to do with network ambivalence than a burning desire to break free from the constraints of a broadcast sitcom.

HOLLYWOOD's headaches only stand to intensify in the coming weeks and months as the industry tentatively looks ahead to the day when studios will be back in business.


FAWN and Bear Cub.

WALKIN' After Midnight.

A KOMODO DRAGON, finishing a tortoise.

COYOTES are loafing on the Golden Gate Bridge and moseying down the streets of San Francisco.

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