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Tuesday, February 20, 2024 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE WALKER BROTHERS play "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine (Anymore)" and "Make It Easy On Yourself" for Twofer Tuesday.

MATTHEW SWEET, in Mpls, playing "Divine Intervention," "We're The Same," "I've Been Waiting," "Evangeline," "Sick Of Myself," and "Girlfriend," with The Bangles' Debbi Peterson on drums.

DAMON ALBARN does a ska-ishworld beat  cover of The Smiths' "Panic."

NICK CAVE has given some advice to artists who say they’ve felt uninspired to create, given the state of the world.

THE TOP-SELLING CASSETTES fall into two categories.

THE KINKS' Ray Davies talks to The Times.

BRIAN WILSON sideman Probyn Gregory was profiled by Rolling Stone before the sad news regaridng a conservatorship.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' novelty smash "Thrift Shop."


INSIDE "MADAME WEB": The real-time collapse of a potential franchise.

NIMONA is free to watch during Oscars season, courtesy of Netflix.

ANYONE BUT YOU may be the highest-grossing live-action Shakespeare adaptation.

MICHAEL KEATON teases the Beetlejuice sequel.

THE ROYALS: There is no way back for Prince Harry to take a temporary working role in the Royal family while his father is ill.

MASTERS OF THE AIR: Apple TV+'s Most-Watched Series Launch Ever.

JENNIFER LOPEZ's MOVIE: Frequently Asked Questions.

THE DERO & MESUS split is likely permanent, as explained by Kid Mero.


A DOGGO, vibing at da club.

THE ORANGE CAT is down for it.

A QUOKKA, enjoying a juggler.

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I forgot I made the same mattress reference last year.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, February 19, 2024 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE KNACK: "Frustrated."

NEW RELEASES: Paste will point you to IDLES, Molly Lewis, and more...

BILL'S INDIE BASEMENT has Grandaddy, El Perro del Mar, and more...

VAMPIRE WEEKEND returns with “Capricorn” and “Gen-X Cops.”

LOS CAMPESINOS! debuted "A Psychic Wound" live in London.

BRIAN WILSON’s family has filed for a new legal conservatorship, stating that he suffers from “major neurocognitive disorder (such as dementia).”

RICHARD HELL says his ex-lover's acclaimed book is "revenge pr0n."

ROD STEWART sold his back catalog for about 100MM.

WARPAINT, on their nostalgic new single, their highs and lows of two decades together, once being labelled "Satanic", and more.

OASIS: Liam said Noel turned down a 30th anniversary tour of Definitely Maybe.

RANDY SPARKS, the Grammy-winning singer-songwriter and founder of the folk music group the New Christy Minstrels, died Feb. 11 at an assisted-living facility in San Diego. He was 90.

DEXTER ROMWEBER, of North Carolina psychobilly/garage-punk legends Flat Duo Jets died on Friday at age 57


WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Bob Marley: One Love tops the chart with 27.7MM, and it has recoupedd its production budget worldwide in its first six days of release. Madame Web places with 25.8MM, and it won't be a financial bloodbath, but ouch, especially given Sony's plans to expand its Spider-franchise.  Argylle shows with 15.1MM on a 24 percent drop.

THE BAFTAS went to these folks. Congrats!

REPO MAN is getting a sequel from director Alex Cox.

DUNE: PART TWO has some very hype early reactions.

NICOLAS CAGE could play Spider-Man Noir in a live-action series.

ROONEY MARA & JOAQUIN PHOENIX are expecting their second child.

DIANE LANE, on Feud: Capote vs. the Swans, Treat Williams, and more.

LORI SINGER  reflects on 40 years of Footloose.

JULIAN SCHLOSSBERG, on Elaine May, Mikey and Nicky, and more.

GEORGE WASHINGTON'S BIRTHDAY is observed today. Here's an inaccurate and profane tribute to the first US President.


BUNNIES, playing leapfrog.

A RESCUE DOG resists sleep for fear it will all go away.

A HORSE waits for the cat to mount up.

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And yet the days fill up.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, February 16, 2024 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with OTIS REDDING!  Otis and the Bar-Kays crank up the energy to 11 for a Ready Steady Go special, crashing through "Satisfaction,"  "My Girl" and "Respect," then "Shake" morphing into "Land of a Thousand Dances" performed by Otis, Eric Burdon and Chris Farlowe.  BONUS: from the same special, Eric Burdon covers "Hold On, I'm Coming," while Chris Farlowe covers "It's a Man's World."



MILES DAVIS, circa 1973-74.

KELLEY STOLTZ shares "Reni's Car." Jangle!

IDLES deepfake Coldplay in the video for "Grace."

MGMT discuss their new record and a treasure trove of random, genuinely absurd stories.

ROBERT PLANT can’t find the words for his new music.

PAUL McCARTNEY's favorite bass guitar has been returned to him after 54 years.


RIDLEY SCOTT takes on the Bee Gees.

KNOX GOES AWAY has a trailer online.

THE SYMPATHIZER, with RDJr filling multiple roles, has a trailer online.

STALLONE would like Ryan Gosling to play the next Rambo.

DAKOTA JOHNSON's unfiltered press tours.

BEN MENDELSOHN, on The New Look, acting myths, and the importance of making art accessible.

BRAD PITT and Ines de Ramon are living together.

TRUE DETECTIVE: NIGHT COUNTRY has become the HBO anthology series’ most-watched season.


A TOUCAN pays a visit.

AN ORCA slaps a dolphin.

A BABY SHEPHERD's first day at work.

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You don't know when it runs out.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, February 15, 2024 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


ELVIS COSTELLO & THE ATTRACTIONS don't want to go to "Chelsea."

PR0NO FOR PYROS open their farewell tour, including a cover of Jimi Hendrix’s posthumously-released song “Hey Gypsy Boy.”

SLASH joins THE DANDY WARHOLS on “I’d Like To Help You With Your Problem.”

LANA DEL REY covers the standrad "Blue Skies."

METZ shares “99” and “Entwined (Street Light Buzz).”

YARD ACT is Seriously Kidding.

FOREIGNER's ballot presence highlights the dwindling presence of rock superstars among the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nominees.

USHER made 671 dollars from the SuperBowl, but the exposuremay be worth 100MM.


FANTASTIC FOUR: The cast is announced. Is the third time a charm? And is it set in 1963?

ROAD HOUSE REBOOT DRAMA: Did Jake Gyllenhaal and Doug Liman take more money to go stratight to streaming?

MONTY PYTHON DRAMA: Still more between John Cleese and Eroc Idle.. or is there?

KANYE WEST denies TAYLOR SWIFT had him booted from the SuperBowl.

GODZILLA x KONG: THE NEW EMPIRE has a trailer online.

CHRISTOPHER NOLAN, on one of the most significant and consequential casting decisions in Hollywood history.

KRISTEN STEWART wants to do the gayest thing you've ever seen.

SEANN WILLIAM SCOTT files for divorce.

DOWNTON ABBEY is secretly filming again.


A DOGGO and his favoritie squeaker.

ANOTHER DOGGO remedies a fire hazard.

ZIP THE DOG was paralyzed by a car, but wows the crowd with a fun run.

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My favorite work of art.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, February 14, 2024 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



... with VALENTINE'S DAY: I've never been a big Valentine's Day guy, but I have always liked The Replacements' "Valentine" and Elvis Costello's cover of "My Funny Valentine."  Beyond that, my thoughts typically drift to the Velvet Underground's "I'll Be Your Mirror," The Beatles' "In My Life," and the Beach Boys' "God Only Knows." I think it's probably very difficult to write a straight-ahead, universal love song, and these three are great.

SLOW PULP plays World Cafe.

WAXAHATCHEE shares "Bored."

KURT VILE joined MICHAEL SHANNON & JASON NARDUCY to cover R.E,M.'s "Near Wild Heaven."

RUSSELL SIMMONS is sued for alleged rape.

BRIAN WILSON's "lost" Country album from 1970, featuring manager Fred Vail on vocals, is coming out.


THE OPPOSING VIEW:  Ever Fallen In Love? Love Stinks. Love Hurts. Love Will Tear Us Apart. Only Love Can Break Your Heart. And don't forget to give me back my black t-shirt (nsfw)

THE 100 BEST LOVE SONGS, according to The Telegraph.

THE TOP 50 LOVE SONGS, as measured by Billboard.

VH-1's 40 Awesomely Bad Love Songs.

THE WORST LOVE SONGS, according to faculty members of the University of St. Thomas’ Music Department.

NINE SONGS ABOUT SEEING YOUR EX MAKING OUT, courtesy of The A.V. Club. A hardy perennial.


MADAME WEB's early reviews are, to quote Pete Campbell, "Not great, Bob!"


CILLIAN MURPHY: Man of the Moment.

J-LO, on her self-financed 20 million three-part multimedia project examining her life as a serial romantic.

THE ROYALS: Not thrilled with Harry & Meghan's new website.

ERIC IDLE criticizes streaming services and even his former Monty Python colleagues.

ED ZWICK: The former director dishes on Denzel, Leo, Matthew Broderick, and Tom Cruise.


A DOGGO joins a street violinist.


SEAGULL, taking an Uber.

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