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Amanda Shires, Beirut, Oso Oso, Shelter Doggo   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, August 19, 2019 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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SEALS & CROFT: "Summer Breeze."

AMANDA SHIRES visits The Current.

BEIRUT visits World Cafe.

OSO OSO streams basking in the glow.

LIAM GALLAGHER shares "One of Us."

 

DVAE GROHL & RICK ASTLEY, together again. At the Moth Club.

BAT FOR LASHES: Natasha Khan on her ambition to direct a horror film and the influence of California on her new record.

LED ZEPPELIN, backed by the Department of Justice.

PORTISHEAD's Geoff Barrow discusses how he learned to score films, and more.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at the Bay City Rollers' bubblegum glam-rock chant-along "Saturday Night."

 

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Good Boys tops the chart with 21MM, far surpassing gurus' estimates of 12-15MM and (iirc) the best original comedy opening of the year.  Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw places 14.1MM on a 44 percent drop; it's still doing far better overseas, so it the next F & F does well, we'll probably get another one of these.  The Lion King shows with 11.9MM on a 41 percent drop as it creeps up on 500MM domestic.  The Angry Birds Movie 2 debuts in the fourth slot with 10.5MM and 16.2MM since its Tuesday opening; that larger figure is less than half of its predecessor, despite better reviews, so ouch.  Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark rounds out the Top Five with 10MM on a 52 percent drop. Below the fold were three major new releases: 47 Meters Down: Uncaged, Blinded by the Light, and Where'd You Go, Bernadette. None had a large budget, but still a bit ouchy.

PETER FONDA, the tall, lanky actor who became a star and a counterculture sex symbol in the film Easy Rider, carrying on the Hollywood dynasty begun by his father, Henry Fonda, died Friday in Los Angeles. He was 79. He was also the subject of a Beatles song.

RICHARD WILLIAMS, reknowned animator best known for his work on Who Framed Roger Rabbit, died Friday at his home in Bristol, England.

HEATHER LOCKLEAR was sentenced to 30 days in a residential mental health facility in a case involving an assault on a cop.

MILEY CYRUS & LIAM HEMSWORTH: Is it truly over?

GEORGE R.R. MARTIIN says HBO's Game of Thrones completely changed his life, but not wholly for the better.

LEONARD BERNSTEIN met and fell in love with a young Japanese fan on tour and their romance lasted until his death.

HE-MAN: MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE is getting a sequel series from... Kevin Smith.

 

CLEAR THE SHELTERS happened last weekend; here's a doggo getting adopted.

TIK TOK: Mr. Sandman.

DOZENS OF VOMITING, DEFECATING BLACK VULTURES have overtaken a New York couple's luxury Florida vacation house, tearing up screens and attacking cars with their beaks.

AN ALLIGATOR climbs the fence at the Naval Air Station in Jacksonville.

SERVICE DOGS in training took in a performance of Billy Elliot.

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Elvis Presley, Woodstock at 50, Strand of Oaks, Elephants   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, August 16, 2019 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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THE WEEKEND STARTS HERE:

with ELVIS PRESLEY! The King died on August 16, 1977, but remains a global pop phenomenon, so it's worth a recap of highlights from his legendary career.  For the 30th anniversary, Canada's Star-Phoenix, discussing ten important parts of Elvis history worth reliving, noted: "His was a sequined coat of many colours: '50s Greaser Elvis. Military Elvis. Hollywood Elvis. Aloha from Hawaii Elvis. Vegas Elvis. And, ultimately, Dead Fat Elvis."  The BBC had friend and aide Sonny West recall life with The King. 

ACTION NEWS 5 still has its local coverage from Aug. 16-17, 1977 (here, here, here and here) on the Tube, where you can also see funeral footage from the UK.  Here's read the obit that ran the next day in the Washington Post. Elvis Presley News recaps the international headlines from the event and links to the eulogy at his funeral. On a happier note, check out what is likely the first footage taken of Elvis, with backstage shots of Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash and Buddy Holly in 1955; shades of Walk The Line!  Let's start with his performance of "Hound Dog" o­n The Milton Berle Show six months later, not o­nly because it's historic, but also because Paul Miller and I often reached for it when we would stumble into our KUSR shift at the last minute -- on the broadcast, Uncle Miltie vamped for awhile, which gave us time to pull records for the show.  He was also iconic in "Jailhouse Rock" that year.  Elvis sang a mashup of "Love Me Tender" and "Witchcraft" with Frank Sinatra when he got back from the Army.  All of his movies -- such as "Viva Las Vegas" --made money, but his musical career stalled in the 1960s until he electrified and charmed the public with his televised '68 Comeback Special (Parts One, Two, Three, Four).  1970 finds him singing "In The Ghetto" and "Suspicious Minds" in the jumpsuit, though pre-bloated.  I'm going to throw in "Little Sister" just 'cause I like it.  Sadly, in a few short years, bloated jumpuit Elvis would be delivering a wacked-out take on "Are You Lonesome Tonight?" -- though to be fair, this audio-only version from 1969 is even more demented and he knows it.  I would rather remember Jumpsuit Elvis for the signature horns that open "See See Rider."  a tribute to his enduring legacy as the fact that he could hit the charts decades after his death with a remix of "A Little Less Conversation," a video subtly recalling "Jailhouse Rock," and Paul Oakenfold's remix of "Rubberneckin'"The King may be gone, but the brand lives on, making millions and recruiting new fans under the watchful eyes of Elvis Presley Enterprises and CKX, Inc.

GREETINGS FROM GRACELAND:  It must be said, however, that Elvis Presley Enterprises did not have a good handle on the King's affairs in the years immediately following his death.  Chicago radio personalities Steve Dahl and Garry Meier won a local emmy for their 1981 comedic look at what was then a very seedy exploitation of Elvis in Memphis. (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7.)

MOJO NIXON & SKID ROPER: "Elvis Is Everywhere."

STRAND OF OAKS visits KEXP.

PETE YORN visits Morning Becomes Eclectic.

THE RUSSIAN FUTURISTS share a sampledelic EP/mixtape called Reality Burger With A Side Of Life.

JEREMY IVEY & MARGO PRICE share "Greyhound."

ROBBIE ROBERTSON shares “Let Love Reign.”

ANDREW COMBS shares "Born Without a Clue."

WOODSTOCK: On Aug. 15-17, 1969, hundreds of thousands of people gathered in a lovely natural amphitheater in Bethel (not Woodstock), NY for "three days of peace and music," including sets from Crosby, Stills and NashThe Who, Santana, Joe Cocker, Jefferson AirplaneArlo Guthrie, Canned HeatJimi Hendrix, and the proverbial many more. BONUS: The New York Times has extensive 50th anniversary coverage. EXTRA BONUS: Woodstock skepticism from NBC News, BuzzFeedNews, and The Federalist. TRIPLE BONUS: An assessment of Creedence Clearwater Revival's largely forgotten set. QUADRUPLE BONUS: WXPN is live-streaming Woodstock as it unfolded.

REDD KROSS: "Courtney Love blacklisted us!"

JASON ISBELL and... Barry Gibb?

BON IVER: Justin Vernon rambles for Pitchfork.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at the Staple Singers' Curtis Mayfield-produced sex-gospel reverie "Let's Do It Again."

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases include The Angry Birds Movie 2, which is currently scoring 72 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; Good Boys, which is currently at 81 percent; 47 Meters Down: Uncaged, currently scoring 57 percent; Where'd You Go, Bernadette, scoring 48 percent; and Blinded by the Light, scoring 91 percent.

DALE EARNHARDT JR and his wife survived a fiery plane crash.

KALEY CUOCO does not live with her husband.

OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN shares a health update following her Stage 4 cancer diagnosis.

BEVERLY HILLS 90210's surprising salaries.

NETFLIX: Do the streamer's big deals carry a cost for viewers?

APOCALYPSE NOW Turns 40.

COMEDY IN THE '90s: Wayne's World helped launch a golden age of funny movies.

SHARKS: The Definitive Ranking?

AN ELEPHANT and her baby.

A FLORIDA WOMAN pulled a small alligator from her yoga pants during a traffic stop.

JUMPING WORMS invade Illinois.

A GOAT was not down for a selfie.

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T-Bone Burnett, Jay Som, Tuxedo, Monster Penguin   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, August 15, 2019 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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LaBELLE: "Lady Marmalade." I coulda used a little more cowbell.

T-BONE BURNETT visits the World Cafe.

JAY SOM plays a Stereogum Session.

TUXEDO visits The Current.

HISS GOLDEN MESSENGER  shares “Happy Birthday, Baby.”

THE ALLAH-LAs share "Polar Onion."

THE MUFFS share “A Lovely Day Boo Hoo.” 

 

VIVIAN GIRLS share “Something To Do.”

WILCO's Jeff Tweedy searches for joy. (Thx, LHB.)

THE HIGHWOMEN: Natalie Hemby traces her path to becoming one of the Highwomen and hints at a new solo album during the Newport Folk Festival.

JESCA HOOP shares her favorite LPs with The Quietus.

PETER MURPHY had a heart attack.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Silver Convention's "Fly, Robin, Fly," the hit that introduced robotic Euro-disco to the American charts.

 

LAST CHRISTMAS, inspired by the music of George Michael, has a trailer online.

A$AP ROCKY was found guilty of assault, but given a suspended sentence.

BELLA THORNE makes her directorial debut... on Pronhub?

THE CROWN's cast talks Season 3.

PHOEBE WALLER-BRIDGE talks Fleabag and James Bond 25.

FOUR WOMEN who have accused Danny Masterson of <span>raping them</span> filed a lawsuit Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court against the actor, the Church of Scientology, to which he belongs, and the church’s controverisal leader, David Miscavige. 

THE HUNT: Behind the decision to postpone (scrap?) the controversial film.

 

A FORMER NAVY SEAL is training K-9s to attack school shooters.

REMAINS of a human-sized "monster" penguin have been discovered in New Zealand.

FOREST ANIMAL POPULATIONS have plummeted since 1970, a WWF report warns.

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A verrrry slow "news" day, but I have a few Things.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, August 14, 2019 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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FUNKADELIC: "I Got a Thing" on Upbeat in 1970. The intro and outro are almost as good as the song.

THE HIGHWOMEN share "Highwomen."

RIDE shares "Clouds Of Saint Marie."

MITSKI responds to “completely false” allegations of child sex trafficking and abuse.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at KC & The Sunshine Band's big, dumb, glorious disco hook fest, "That's The Way (I Like It)".

 

LITTLE WOMEN: Greta Gerwig's adaptation has a trailer online.

A HIDDEN LIFE, directed by Terrence Malick, has a trailer online.

PLACIDO DOMINGO is accused by multiple women of sexual harassment.

HARRY STYLES reportedly turned down an offer to play the role of Prince Eric in Disney's live-action remake of The Little Mermaid.

MICHAEL GANDOLFINI talks about playing young Tony Soprano.

CARA DELEVIGNE is profiled at Marie Claire.

ANNE HATHAWAY is profiled at Allure.

 

AN ESCAPED OSTRICH on the lam in China.

A 19-YEAR-OLD led officers on a three-state high-speed chase in a stolen BMW filled with kittens.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: Squirrels in New York City are on the attack, biting the hand that feeds them.

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Shovels & Rope, Pure Bathing Culture, Half-Alive, Pneumatic Fish   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, August 13, 2019 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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TOM JONES sung "It's Not Unusual" and "If He Should Ever Leave You" on Canadian Idol, which opened with some great archival footage.

SHOVELS & ROPE visits World Cafe.

PURE BATHING CULTURE visits World Cafe.

HALF-ALIVE plays a Tiny Desk Concert.

REDD KROSS covers Sparks’ “When Do I Get To Sing ‘My Way’?

THE ROLLING STONES cover Bob Dylan's "Like A Rolling Stone" in Denver.

 

FRANKIE COSMOS shares a video for "Wannago."

ELVIS COSTELLO gets over three hours of analysis and discusion on Political Beats with guest Anthony Fisher of Insider. (And it's only Part 1!)

TEENAGE FANCLUB: How we made Bandwagonesque.

JACK WHITE & JACK BLACK tease their collaboration... Jack Gray.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Elton John's absurd "Island Girl."

 

SARAH SILVERMAN revealed that she was recently fired from a film after producers unearthed an old photograph in which she sports blackface.

THE TEEN CHOICE AWARDS went to these folks.

HBO MAX may spend as much as 1.5 billion for the streaming rights to The Big Bang Theory and Two and a Half Men.

ALADDIN may get a live-action sequel.

THE 50 GREATEST CLEBRITIES of All Time?

THE 25 MOST IMPORTANT CHARACTERS of the Past 25 Years?

 

LIKE A DRIVE-THRU BANK, but for fish.

HOGS RUNNING LOOSE:  It's a feral fad.

A DOGGO, beating the heat.

AND NOW for something completely different.

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