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Titus Andronicus, Charly Bliss, King James & the Special Men, Bunny   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, July 16, 2019 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


TWOFER TUESDAY:  "The Dawn Of Correction" by The Spokesmen is an "answer song" to Barry McGuire's immortal "Eve Of Destruction."


CHARLY BLISS plays the Rockwood Music Hall.



NEIL YOUNG joined BOB DYLAN for a rendition of traditional spiritual “Will the Circle Be Unbroken," their first timetogether onstage since 1994.

ESSENTIAL PSYCH-FOLK ALBUMS, according to Treble. (h/t LHB.)

STRAND OF OAKS: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview.

ONE GIANT LEAP: 12 of the best Moon tunes to celebrate 50 years since the Moon landing.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Earth, Wind & Fire's gleaming, motivational funk classic "Shining Star."


GAME OF THRONES: George R.R. Martin says he won’t change his books based on the reaction to Season 8 of the TV version.

BARBIE: Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach, adored indie filmmakers, are joining Margot Robbie in the dream house.

BRAD PITT s circling Babylon, the early Hollywood period drama that is likely to reteam La La Land filmmaker Damien Chazelle with Emma Stone.

AUSTIN BUTLER has been cast as Elvis in Baz Luhrmann's biopic.

HAYDEN PANETIERRE's loved ones are begging her to leave her allegedly abusive boyfriend.

JACK REACHER is headed to Amazon without Tom Cruise.

THE KING'S MAN: The prequel to Kingsman: The Secret Service has a trailer online.


DINNER was five minutes late.

BACK OFF: This mother bear gave quite a scare to a man who got too close to her cubs at Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee. 

A MAN reels in a fish with massive snake latched onto it.

POLICE WARN against the rise of meth gators in Alabama.

THE HUMBOLDT PARK GATOR, meanwhile, remains at large.

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New Releases, Frightened Rabbit, Gauche, Eels   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, July 15, 2019 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE HOLLIES: "Have You Ever Loved Somebody", courtesy of the Beeb.

NEW RELEASES from Purple Mountains, Blood Orange, Glitterer and more are now online.

FRIGHTENED RABBIT: The new tribute album is online.

GAUCHE streams A People’s History Of Gauche.

AMERICAN FOOTBALL plays a Tiny Desk Concert.


RINGO STARR joined PAUL McCARTNEY at Dodger Stadium for the reprise of "Sgt Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band" and "Helter Skelter."

DAVID LOWERY talks Camper Van Beethoven, Cracker and his latest solo album, a musical autobiography.

TANYA DONNELLY: The founder of Throwing Muses, The Breeders and Belly 
on her favorite albums.

JERRY LAWSON, who for four decades was the lead singer of the Persuasions, a group that revived the art of a cappella singing and attracted a loyal worldwide following, died on Wednesday in Phoenix. He was 75.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Tony Orlando & Dawn's "He Don't Love You (Like I Love You)," a smug version of an R & B classic.


WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Spider-Man: Far From Home repeats atop the chart with 45.3MM on a 51 percent drp from the three-day portion of its debut. Domestically, this film sits at 275MM, wich is more than the two Andrew Garfield movies combined. It's also running ahead of Homecoming, with a domestic total of 375MM being a fairly solid guess for its total domestic run. The current worldwide grossapproaches 875MM.  Toy Story 4 places with 20.7MM on a 39 percent drop in its fourth frame; it could top out at roughly 420MM, if The Lion King remake does not stomp on it too much this upcoming weekend.  The debut of Crawl shows with 12MM against a 13.5MM budget, so this well-reviewed horror flick willlikely wind up in the black.  The debut of Stuber takes the fourth slot with 8MM against a reported 16MM budget, a reflection of tough days for big-screen comedies in the streaming era.  But Yesterday rounds out the Top Five with 6.8MM on a 33 percent drop; it has grossed 80MM worldwide with an appeal to older audiences and Beatles fans of all ages.

R KELLY is accused of paying off alleged victims to avoid investigators.

SCARLETT JOHANSSON  is speaking out against the backlash regarding her recent comments about politically correct casting.

BOND 25: Lashana Lynch will take over from Daniel Craig to become first female 007... but not the first female Bond. And Christoph Waltz is returning as super-baddie Blofeld.

JOHN CARPENTER is set to write a new DC Joker comic.

STAR WARS: Disney and Lucasfilm spent around 15MM per episode of The Mandalorian.

SEINFELD: Remembering the show that revolutionized the sitcom by refusing to insult its audience's intelligence.

WHEN HARRY MET SALLY... tuened 30 years old on Sunday but doesn't show its age in the slightest.


EELS devour pizza in a frenzy.

AN OTTER, but existential.

A PUPPY & A BABY. What ese do you need?

PLAYING BALL WITH A BOBCAT leads to an escape.

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Three Dog Night, Brian Eno, Weyes Blood, The Lion King, Disco Demolition   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, July 12, 2019 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with THREE DOG NIGHT! Once again, I'm enjoying the guilty pleasure of "Eli's Coming" with fellow fans of the late, lamented SportsNight. That, along with memories of The Service's cover of "Shambala" led me to compile a few more, including "Mama Told Me Not to Come," "Joy To The World," "One," "Liar," and "Celebrate."

BRIAN ENO advance streams For All Mankind.

WEYES BLOOD visits WFUV's Studio A.

THE LION KING soundtrack is online.

THE MOUNTAIN GOATS share "Sentries In The Ambush" and "Divided Sky Lane."

BON IVER shares "Jelmore" and "Faith."

DISCO DEMOLITION NIGHT: Today is 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 incorrectly 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, Disco, as it had originated in predominantly black and gay clubs, wad already died commercially -- it had exploded 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. 

DURAN DURAN will perform a special show commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, July 16th at the Rocket Garden at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida. Was Pink Floyd unavailable?

COSMIC THING: The outlandish fun of The B-52's biggest album.

ZIGGY STARDUST, as a Barbie.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at BJ Thomas' leathery country lament "(Hey Won't You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song."

NOW SHOWING:This weekend's wide releases are Stuber, which is currently scoring 48 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; and Crawl, which is scoring 100 percent.

R KELLY has been arrested in Chicago on federal sex crime charges, according to two law enforcement officials.

TAYLOR SWIFT's feud with Scooter Braun intensifies.

HEIDI KLUM secretly tied the knot with Tokio Hotel guitarist Tom Kaulitz.

HAYDEN PANETIERRE was allegedly beaten three times in two days by her boyfriend.

DENISE NICKERSON, best known for her role as Violet Beauregarde in the 1971 version of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, died Wednesday night.

SHERLOCK HOLMES 3 will be directed by Rocketman filmmaker Dexter Fletcher.

QUENTIN TARANTINO's FILMS, ranked by Steven Hyden.

WHEN YOU'RE AT A JOB INTERVIEW and they ask you what special skills you can bring to the role.

THAT'S ONE SMALL STEP FOR MAN... one giant leap for Kevin.

THIS LITTLE BEAR CUB is seeing grass for the first time after being rescued.

THE HUMBOLDT PARK GATOR remains at large.

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The National, Iron & Wine + Calexico, Sting & Shaggy, Bear   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


DIAMOND KNIGHTS: "Destination Diamonds".  For the 70s vibe in the heat of mid-July.

THE NATIONAL: Live at the Celebrate Brooklyn festival.

IRON & WINE + CALEXICO: Live at the Celebrate Brooklyn festival.

STING & SHAGGY play a Tiny Desk Concert.

JENNY HVAL shares the 90s-ish "Ashes to Ashes."


NEIL YOUNG plays "On The Beach" for the first time in 16 years, and the first time with a full band since the 1970s.

THE BEATLES' first contract with manager Brian Epstein sells for £275k.

BOB DYLAN & THE ROLLING STONES: Reimagining the Rock 'n' Roll Tour.

DAVID BERMAN is profiled by The Ringer.

THE NUMBER ONES ooks at Elton John's "Philadelphia Freedom," his ode to Billie Jean King and Philly soul.


DENISE NICKERSON, who played Violet in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, is living out the last moments of her life.

TAYLOR SWIFT tops the latest Forbes Celebrity 100 List.

DAVID FINCHER & GARY OLDMAN are teaming up for a Netflix biopic revolving around Citizen Kane screenwriter Herman Mankiewicz.

THE LION KING: Fascism For Furries?

TERMINATOR 6: That there might be a misogynist response to a long-running franchise with a female protagonist  (and a female Terminator) seems baffling, but 2019 rolls on.

WHEN HARRY MET SALLY: The Ringer rewatches the iconic 1989 rom-com.


HEY LINDA, your doorbell must not be working since you didn't answer.

THIS TIGER is making the flehmen response.

A BOY Creates Bow Ties for Shelter Animals to Help Them Get Adopted.

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Semisonic, Cy Dune, Travelin' McCourys, Beach Boys, Doggo   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, July 10, 2019 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


FOUNTAINS OF WAYNE work the car wash for "Denise," whom you may know as T'Pol.

SEMISONIC brings new material to The Current.

CY DUNE reconstructs songs from Eddie Cochran, Bob Dylan, Chuck Berry, and Earl Hooker for a Lagniappe Session.

THE TRAVELIN' McCOURYS play Mountain Stage.

DUDE YORK shares "Should've."

"DEEP FAKE LOVE" is not an unreleased David Bowie track.


BEN HARPER shares a video for "Uneven Days."

THE BEACH BOYS' later, weirder period gets over three hours of discussion, affection and analysis with guest Matt Welch of Reason magazine.

DUFF McKAGAN talks Guns N' Roses, punk, social media and cable news, and the quiet alt-country album he's made with Shooter Jennings.

TEGAN & SARA will release a new album, Hey, I’m Just Like You, made up of newly recorded versions of songs that they wrote in high school.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Minnie Riperton's sunkissed soul lullaby "Lovin' You."


RYAN REYNOLDS joins DWAYNE JOHNSON & GAL GADOT in Red Notice, a heist thriller picked up by Netflix.

ARIANA GRANDE is profiled by Vogue.

SHANNON ELIZABETH talks about American Pie, 20 years later.

GAME OF THRONES: George R.R. Martin teases more about the prequel.

FRIENDS is moving from Netflix to WarnerMedia's streaming service, now officially called HBO Max.

H. ROSS PEROT, the self-made Texas billionaire who rose from a childhood of Depression-era poverty and twice ran for president as a third-party candidate, has died at 89.

RIP TORN, probably best known for his work on The Larry Sanders Show, Men In Black, and Defending Your Life, died Tuesday at the age of 88.


A JOURNALIST went to cover a story about a shelter for abandoned dogs. Then this happened.

MAGGOTS could revolutionize the global food supply? Nopenopenopenope.

AN EXOTIC BIRD turned out to be a seagull covered in curry powder.

MRS. ROBINSON... are you trying to seduce me?

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