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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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Wilco, Courtney Barnett, Cass McCombs, Circus Tigers   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, July 09, 2019 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


R.B. GREAVES: "Take a Letter, Maria."

WILCO, headlining the Solid Sound festival.

COURTNEY BARNETT, Live at Solid Sound.


CAR SEAT HEADREST: The making of a new song, “Stop Lying to Me.”


OH SEES share an animated video for "Poisoned Stones."

U2: A newly discovered bootleg from 1979 features two previously unreleased songs.

THE SILVER JEWS' David Berman talks to Aquarium Drunkard about making music with his new band, Purple Mountains, and looked back on past work with Silver Jews and his old college pal Stephen Malkmus.

THE MOUNTAIN GOATS: John Darnielle talks to Gold Flake Paint about wizards, parenting and more. (h/t Frank Yang.)

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Olivia Newton-John's chillout smash "Have You Never Been Mellow," the Doobie Brothers' folksy, rambling hit "Black Water," Frankie Valli's drippy ballad "My Eyes Adored You,"and Labelle's sex-worker smash "Lady Marmalade."


KEVIN SPACEY has been questioned in the U.S. by officers from Scotland Yard about the sexual assault allegations he faces in the U.K.

MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVIL has a trailer online.

HALLE BAILEY -- not to be confused with Halle Berry -- has been cast as Ariel in Disney's live-action version of The Little Mermaid, and it's controversial because what isn't.

JOKER director Todd Phillips thinks people will be mad at his departure from the comics. I think Comics fans are fine with departures from canon, so long as the movie is good and the departures make sense.

THE JESUS ROLLS: John Turturro's Big Lebowski spinoff is scheduled to hit theaters in early 2020.



"WHAT? I got one."

CIRCUS TIGERS turn on trainer, maul him to death despite frantic attempts to intervene.

USING OLD BRAS to save old tortoises.

EVERYTHiNG YOU WANTED TO KNOW about the international implications of reanimating pig brains but were afraid to ask.

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The media mostly took the long holiday weekend off, but Things.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, July 08, 2019 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Spider-Man: Far From Home swings high above the chart with 185MM, a record 6-day Independence Day launch and Sony's best opening oversix days, which started with a record Tuesday opening record of 39.2MM. The three-day weekend total was 93.6MM.  It crushed Homecoming's 117MM debut, though that film opened after the Fourth in 2017. It also grossed another 395MM in international markets, almost 50 percent higher ythan Homecoming. And with no wannabe blockbusters coming Friday, odds look good for a big follow-up frame. Toy Story 4 placed with 34.3MMon a 43 percent drop and broke the 300MM mark domestic. Yesterday shows with 10.8MM on a fairly leggy 37 percent dro; it's probably close to breaking even worldwide. Annabelle Comes Home takes the fourth slot with 9.8MM on a 52 percent drop; that's not uncommon for a horror flick, but it tends to confirm this will be the first in The Conjuring Universe to disappoint expectations. The Aladdin reboot rounds out the Top Five with another 7.6MM on a 25 percent drop as it crosses the 900MM mark worldwide.

THE ROLLING STONES covered "Mercy Mercy" for the first time since their legendary 1969 concert in Hyde Park.

THE WHO: Townshend and Daltrey debuted “Hero Ground Zero” at Wembley. And Eddie Vedder joined them for “The Punk And The Godfather."

THE BIRD & THE BEE bring BECK on for a jazzy take on Van Halen’s "Hot for Teacher."

JOHNNY MARR invited a fan onstage to play guitar on The Smiths' "This Charming Man"... and he nailed it.

STEVIE WONDER is battling a serious but manageable health issue as he continues to perform and make music.

JOAO GILBERTO, one of the principal architects of bossa nova, has died at 88.

MULAN: Another Disney live-action remake drops a teaser trailer.

KEVIN SPACEY: The former Massachusetts busboy who accused the actor of sexual assault has abruptly dropped his lawsuit, his lawyer said Friday.

JEFFREY EPSTEIN, billionaire pedophile, was arrested for allegedly sex trafficking dozens of minors in New York and Florida between 2002 and 2005, and will appear in court in New Yorktoday, according to the Daily Beast.

RUSSELL CROWE came close to playing Aragorn in the Lord of the Rings trilogy — but he was put off by one phone call with director Peter Jackson.

THE TOP 12 SEINFELD EPISODES, according to Uproxx.

CAMERON BOYCE, known for his roles in the Disney Channel franchise "Descendants" and the TV show "Jessie," has died. He was just 20 years old.

A TIGER charged bikers in India.

FLORIDA GATORS were caught eating their second corpse in a week.

NEW YORK: It's the largest seizure of illegal reptiles in state history, including six gila monsters.

A COW and a DOG: The latter seems a little uncomfortable, tbh.

...More tomorrow, barring the unforeseen.

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