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Charly Bliss, Amanda Palmer, Ben Lee, Pangolins   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


O'JAYS: "Backstabbers."



BEN LEE shares “Divine Hammer” by the Breeders and “Speeding Motorcycle” by Daniel Johnston, from an upcoming collection of 90s covers.

VAN MORRISON returns with "Dark Night Of The Soul."


ROBBIE ROBERTSON plays "The Weight" with Ringo Starr and musicians across five continents.

TEGAN & SARA talk about their memoir, High School.

NEIL YOUNG hails Amazon's new music streaming service.

THE HIGHWOMEN talk about bringing more women front and center.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Chicago's slick ballad, "If You Leave Me Now."


KEVIN SPACEY: An anonymous massage therapist who claims to have been sexually assaulted by the actor has died.

NICK CARTER seeks a restraining order against his brother Aaron Carter.

ZOOEY DESCHANEL and Jonathan Scott's romance began from their shared love of music.

SARAH SILVERMAN says "cancel culture" is "a mutated McCarthy era, where any comic better watch anything they say."

BRITNEY SPEARS' dad has been cleared of child abuse charges following an alleged altercation with his 14-year-old grandson.

LORD OF THE RINGS: The Amazon prequel is headed back to New Zealand.

BREAKING: Moviegoers Want to See Far Fewer Trailers in Theaters.

KNIVES OUT has a trailer online, which is why you don't need so many in theaters.


PANGOLINS can walk on two legs.

A CAT assaults herself with her tail.

A BOBCAT checks in for some TV viewing.

AND THERE WAS NUTELLA... all over the highway.

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Of Monsters and Men, Mac DeMarco, Jade Bird, Wilco, Stray Cat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, September 18, 2019 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE BEATLES: "You're Gonna Lose That Girl." "Yes, yes" from the "Yeah, yeah yeah" guys.

OF MONSTERS AND MEN plays unplugged for The Current.

MAC DeMARCO visits Morning Becomes Eclectic.

JADE BIRD, Live at Rockwood Music Hall, including a cover of "Walk Like an Egyptian."

STEPHEN MALKMUS performed two Silver Jews songs, "Trains Across the Sea," from Starlite Walker, and American Water‘s "The Wild Kindness," in Glasgow..


WILCO shares a video for "Everyone Hides."

THE RACONTEURS: Jack White and Brendan Benson talk to World Cafe about White's recording methods, Benson's sobriety, and more.

THURSTON MOORE talks to PopMatters about the three instrumental pieces spanning nearly three hours that make up the Spirit Counsel box set.

KIM GORDON is profiled by the New York Times.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Rick Dees And His Cast Of Idiots' novelty-song atrocity "Disco Duck (Part 1)."


THE PRINCESS BRIDE might get remade, because this is the darkest timeline.

NBCUNIVERSAL is rebooting Battlestar Galactica (again) and sequelizing Saved By The Bell and Punky Brewster, because Hollywood has fresh ideas.

THE BIG BANG THEORY will be on HBO Max, which probably paid billions.

ALEX TREBEK  announced Tuesday that he is undergoing chemotherapy again.

SHANE GILLIS will not be joining SNL. Some former cast members defend him.

THE WIRE's Christopher Clanton Sr. allegedly escaped from police custody on Friday.

TOM HIDDLESTON's Broadway performance apparently got one woman off.

COKIE ROBERTS, reknowned ABC News journalist and political commentator, has died at the age of 75.


A STRAY CAT took a rescuer to meet the kids.

FLORIDA is looking to hire 50 new citizen python hunters.

THE BIRDS: A magpie "monster" that had been terrorizing people in Sydney was shot down on the orders of neighborhood officials, much to the distress of animal rights activists.

HIGH ANXIETY: Pigeon poops on Illinois lawmaker discussing pigeon poop problem.

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Talking Heads, Rhiannon Giddens, Bruce Hornsby, REM, Heist Dog   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, September 17, 2019 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


JULIANA HATFIELD: The autumnal "My Sister" and the Blake Babies' cover of "Temptation Eyes" for Twofer Tuesday.

TALKING HEADS, Live at CBGB, May 31, 1977.

RHIANNON GIDDENS plays a Tiny Desk Concert.

BRUCE HORNSBY visits World Cafe.

R.E.M.: Peter Buck, Mike Mills, and... Bill Berry(!) played a few with special guests at a charity event.


ANGEL OLSEN shares a video for "Lark." 

RIC OCASEK died of heart disease, New York medical examiners have revealed. He was one of pop's great mad scientists. And as a producer, he was often just what bands needed.

TWIN PEAKS: How the Midwest's most fun-loving band ended up in a tiny town in rural Wales to make an LP.

DYLAN & ME: Louie Kemp’s new memoir is perhaps the ultimate insider Dylan book, but also so far inside that the reader doesn’t always feel let in all the way, which is perhaps as it should be.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Walter Murphy's strange, euphoric disco novelty "A Fifth Of Beethoven."


ROBERT DOWNEY, JR may appear as Iron Man in the forthcoming Black Widow movie.

BRAD PITT syas he can't compete with these two actors for roles.

JENNIFER LAWRENCE and fiancé Cooke Maroney were spotted at New York City's marriage bureau on Monday.

SEINFELD is coming to Netflix.

PAUL RUDD is also coming to Netflix, in Living With Yourself.

JON HAMM and... Lindsay Shookus

J.J. ABRAMS turned down 500MM from Apple.


THE DOG executes a heist.

A PUPPY DROWNED IN GLUE has an amazing transformation.

THERE ARE two types of dogs.

A RACCOON that attacked 3 in Westchester has tested positive for rabies.

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Ric Ocasek RIP, Eddie Money, RIP   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, September 16, 2019 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


RIC OCASEK, the idiosyncratic songwriter, singer and guitarist for the Cars and producer for bands like Weezer, Bad Brains, No Doubt, and Guided by Voices to name a few, has died. He was 75 (That's right, he was as old as Roger Daltrey and Ray Davies). Rolling Stone has the obit. So let's do this. Some of The Cars' hits were sung by the late Benjamin Orr, but Ocasek wrote virtually all of them, mixing influences from the Velvet Underground to Buddy Holly to Suicide to the Ohio Express: "Good Times Roll," "Best Friend's Girl, "Just What I Needed," "Bye Bye Love," "Moving In Stereo," (Hello, Brad...) "I'm In Touch With Your World," "Don't Cha Stop," "Let's Go," "Candy-O," "The Dangerous Type," "Touch and Go," Shoo Be Doo and Gimme Some Slack," "Since You're Gone," "Shake It Up," "I'm Not The One," "You Might Think,""Hello Again," "Magic," "Drive," and "Heartbeat City." The Cars were inducted into the Rock Hall last year.

EDDIE MONEY, the prolific singer and songwriter whose songs “Baby Hold On,” “Two Tickets to Paradise,” “Shakin'” and “Take Me Home Tonight” soundtracked popular music in the 1980s, died Friday. He was 70. I'm also partial to "Gimme Some Water."

HOT CHIP, Live at First Avenue, including a cover of the Beastie Bouys' "Sabotage."

NEW RELEASES: Pitchfork will point you to albums from Jenny Hval, Alex G, Charli XCX and more.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED will point you to tracks from Thom Yorke & Flea, Jim James & Teddy Abrams, Ride, and more.

PERFUME GENIUS shares “Eye in the Wall.”

NEIL YOUNG & CRAZY HORSE share "Rainbow of Colors."


SPOON covers John Lennon's  "Isolation" for Howard Stern.

THE MOUNTAIN GOATS' John Darnielle tals about abandoning a rock opera, but retaining the fantasy on In League with Dragons.

DEVENDRA BANHART talks to Paste about how Venezuela is affecting him and his art.

LIAM GALLAGHER will invite Noel to his wedding.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Wild Cherry's deeply silly disco jam, "Play That Funky Music."


WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: It Chapter Two tops the chart with 40.7MM on a 53 percent drop, busting the 300MM mark worldwide (and the franchise past a billion). The real story of the weekend may be Hustlers placing with a strong 33MM angainst a 20MM budget, proving a solid pic for adults can still bring in a crowd, particularly with a diverse cast bringing in multiple fan followings. That said, the B- CinemaScore raises the question of whether this lands closer to Magic Mike or to Striptease. Angel Has Fallen shows with 4.4MM on a 27 percent drop; it has crossed 60MM domestic against a 40MM production budget, but it has yet to debut in foreign markets.  Good Boys takes the fourth slot with 4.3MM and over 90MM worldwide.  The Lion King rounds out the Top Five with another 3.6MM added to its giant pile of money.  If Hustlers is this weekend's good news story, The Goldfinch is its bad news story, debutingat number eight with 2.6MM against a 45MM budget. Also, with 329MM, One Upon a Time... in Hollywood has now passed Inglourious Basterds to become Quentin Tarantino's second-biggest grosser behind Django Unchained.

FELICITY HUFFMAN has been sentenced to 14 days in prison for federal crimes stemming from the massive "Varsity Blues" college entrance scam, plus a fine and community service.

ZOOEY DESCHANEL is dating Property Brothers star Jonathan Scott after splitting with husband Jacob Pechenik on Sept. 6.

ADELE has filed for a divorce from Simon Konecki.

RACHEL BLOOM (My Crazy Ex-Girlfriend) is expecting her first child, a baby girl, with husband Dan Gregor.

LINDSAY LOHAN is trolling for Chris and Liam Hemsworth.

GAME OF THRONES: A project that’s based on the history of the Targaryens nears a pilot order.

WATCHMEN: The HBO sequel series has a trailer online.

LITTLE MONSTERS, featuring Lupita Nyong’o as a zombie-killer, has a trailer online.


TATUM THE RESCUE DOG is excited on his first walk.

A CHOMP(?), in slow motion.

BOBCATS argue along the roadside.

A YAK escaped from a trailer while en route to the butcher Tuesday, crossing a freeway and vanishing into the Virginia mountains.

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T. Rex, Swervedriver, Japanese Breakfast, Capybara   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, September 13, 2019 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with T.REX! Marc Bolan died on September 17, 1977, so here's a few items off the beaten path, like this working version of "Get It On (Bang A Gong)," which is a little nsfw toward the end.  French TV is the source for live clips of "Hot Love," "Cadillac," "Telegram Sam" and "Jeepster" circa 1972, as well as "Ride A White Swan" from 1970. The band's "Baby Strange" later found its way into Big Star's setlists.  Still, "20th Century Boy" may be my favorite track from the band. Wanna go deeper? Check out the documentary, The Story Of Marc Bolan & T.Rex.

SWERVEDRIVER streams a covers EP featuring their shoegazy takes on songs by The Supremes and Gene Clark.



LUCY DACUS covers Springsteen's "Dancing in the Dark."


ALMOST FAMOUS: Elton John. "Tiny Dancer." Because.

R.E.M.: Mike Mills talks to NME about touring Monster. And the band shares the unreleased song “Fascinating” to benefit Bahamas hurricane relief.

BELLE & SEBASTIAN's Stuart Murdoch on the records that changed his life.

LLOYD COLE talks to The Aquarian. (Thx, LHB.)

THE NUMBER ONES looks at KC & The Sunshine Band's butt-centric disco jam "(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty." How was "Boogie Shoes" a B-side?

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases are Hustlers, which is currently scoring 88 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; and The Goldfinch, which is currently scoring 28 percent.

SOUTH PARK through 2022. Trey Parker and Matt Stone discuss how long they want to keep doing the show, some plans to make a (non-South Park) movie for the first time in 15 years and the rise of cancel culture.

THE MANDALORIAN: Could two fan favorites from the Star Wars Expanded Universe show up in a live-action production for the first time?

JULIA STILES can’t remember the last time she sought out and actively pursued a project, like she did with Hustlers.

DEMI MOORE talks to the New York Times about her upcoming memoir.

AMERICAN BEAUTY is getting 20th anniversary scrutiny from Uproxx and the HuffPost.

NOTHING SAYS THE WEEKEND like a capybara farting in the bath.

BROOKLYN BOROUGH PREZ defends rat traps, baby.

ADOPTING a senior dog is the best.

DAY 5. They suspect nothing.

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