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Bermuda Triangle, Rayland Baxter, Camp Cope, Gorillas   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


FATBOY SLIM: When your "Weapon of Choice" is Walken.

BERMUDA TRIANGLE: Brittany Howard, Jesse Lafser, and Becca Mancari play the Newport Folk Fest.

RAYLAND BAXTER stops by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

CAMP COPE plays a TIny Desk Concert.

WILD NOTHING shares "Canyons On Fire."

SOCCER MOMMY covers Springsteen's "I'm On Fire."


PEARL JAM plays ‘Evil Little Goat’ for the first time ever live.

AND THE BAND PLAYED ON: How to grow old gracefully in pop.

MICK JAGGER & CARLY SIMON's 46-year-old duet has been found.

MICHAEL NESMITH shares his love of vaporwave.

THE EAGLES' GREATEST HITS, 1971-75, recently surpassed Michael Jackson's Thriller as the best-selling album in US history.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at the Dave Clark Five's rumbling rocker "Over And Over."


ASIA ARGENTO says she did not have sex with then 17-year-old Jimmy Bennett, but a photo and various text messages between Argento and a friend tell a very different story.

THE BIG BANG THEORY will end in 2019.

BRAD PITT & ANGELINA JOLIE reach a temporary child custody deal.

J.J. ABRAMS is launching an indie record label named Loud Robot. Really.

GEORGE CLOONEY tops the latest Forbes list of highest-paid actors... but most of it didn't come from acting.

JENNIFER GARNER is not pleased Ben Affleck is dating a Playboy model, but she's not surprised.

CRAZY RICH ASIANS' creative team is planning to reunite for the sequel.

JOHN LITHGOW will star in the Roger Ailes biopic.

MAVERICK: The Top Gun sequel is filming aboard the Norfolk-based USS Abraham Lincoln this week.


GORILLAS reunite with a girl and her Dad, who raised them.

A ZEBRA hides among a herd of wildebeest.

PROTECTED TARANTULA TACOs get a Mexico City joint busted.


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The Decemberists, Lord Huron, Boygenius, J Mascis, Soft Cell, Subway Goats   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, August 22, 2018 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE MONKEES: The TV version of "You Just May Be the One," which differs from the LP version and has more cowbell.

THE DECEMBERISTS play a full set at the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival.

LORD HURON stops by Morning Becomes Ecectic.

BOYGENIUS: Phoebe Bridgers, Julien Baker and Lucy Dacus share three songs from their new joint.

J MASCIS shares "See You At The Movies."

SOFT CELL returns with "Northern Lights," their first new song in 15 years.


PEARL JAM covers Bowie's "Rebel, Rebel," much as Pate once did.

THE MC5(0):: Wayne Kramer talks to The Guardian about his autobiography.

JAPANESE BREAKFAST: Michelle Zauner has an essay at The New Yorker.

EDDIE WILLIS, the original Motown Funk Brother whose muted, propulsive guitar style earned him the nickname “Chank,” died Monday (Aug. 20) at age 82.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at the Byrds' electrified Pete Seeger cover "Turn! Turn! Turn!"


ASIA ARGENTO denies she had sex with a 17-year-old and that Anthony Bourdain paid him off.

ARETHA FRANKLIN reportedly left no will.

BOND 25 director Dammy Boyle exits over the obligatory "creative differences."

KELLY MARIE TRAN responds to online harassment.

CHER claims Jack Nicholson and George Miller thought she was too old and not sexy enough for The Witches of Eastwick.

VERONICA MARS is close to a Hulu reboot with original creator Rob Thomas and series star Kristen Bell on board.

BARBARA HARRIS, the wildly talented actress, comedian and singer who starred on Broadway and in such films as Nashville, Family Plot and Freaky Friday before shunning show business, has died. She was 83.


CHARLIE, a service dog, helps a veteran with a traumatic brain injury.

SUBWAY GOATS, rescued by Jon Stewart, part of your 2018 Mad Libs.

BLACK BEARS are moving into residential areas of north New Jersey.

ANIMAL CRACKERS escape their cages.

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Phoenix, Lera Lynn, Whitney Ballen, Peacock   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, August 21, 2018 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE CHESTERFIELD KINGS cover the Moving Sidewalks' "99th Floor" (introed by Martha Quinn) and psych up even more on "Sunrise (Turn On)" for Twofer Tuesday.

PHOENIX plays a full set at Brooklyn Steel for Pitchfork Live.

LERA LYN performs a mini-concert for her record release party.

WHITNEY BALLEN advance streams You’re A Shooting Star, I’m A Sinking Ship.

THE WATSON TWINS return with "Hustle and Shake."


KURT VILE shares a video for "Loading Zones."

BOB DYLAN gets almost three hours of analysis and celebration devoted to his later career, from the gospel era to the present day and the Bootleg Series, finishing a trilogy on Political Beats with guest Andrew Kirell of The Daily Beast. Particularly useful in sorting the diamonds from the dogs. ALSO: Aquarium Drunkard reviews the Bootleg Series Vol. 13, 1979-81.

PRINCE: 23 Prince albums from 1995-2010 are now streaming; here's a handy flowchart to enjoying them.

DOLLY PARTON, memeing on Twitter.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at the Supremes' "I Hear A Symphony," another pop classic from the Motown assembly line.


CHRIS HEMSWORTH is the new GQ cover story, talking Thor and more.

THE MTV VMAs went to these people. Congrats?

BEN AFFLECK and Lindsay Shookus have called it quits after a year of dating.

JERRY SEINFELD talks to the New York Times about Comedians In Cars..., Seinfeld, Twitter jokes, and more...

GLOW is heading to Las Vegas for round three.

THE FANTASTIC FOUR almost turned up in Deadpool 2.

IT'S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA: NME attempts a list of definitive episodes.

NETFLIX rushes to reassure viewers it's not introducing ads.



KIRK, a female Border Collie, watching herself win the 2017 Purina Pro Challenge.

AN ALPACA dies after eating Doritos, Cheese Nips and peanuts.

COYOTES are moving into populated parts of the Adirondacks.

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So, my place was a water hazard this weekend. But Things.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, August 20, 2018 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


FORTUNATELY, BY SUNDAY EVENING, the problem seems to be resolved. Knock on wood. Anyway:

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Crazy Rich Asians tops the chart with 25.2MM -- and 34MM since it's Wednesday debut, against a 30MM budget.  While people will focus on the Asian part, it's perhaps equally notable thatit seems like a long time since a rom-com topped the chart, even during a slow movie period like August. And it's based on one of a series of three novels, so potentially a franchise if it continues to run well during the dog days.  The Meg places with 21.2MM on a 53 percent drop and over 300MM in worldwide sales against a 130-178MM production budget.  The debut of Mile 22 shows with 13.6MM and could be in trouble, even against a reported budget of only 35MM.  Mission: Impossible - Fallout and Alpha are headed for a photo finish in fourtha nd fifth at an estimated 10.5MM apiece, with the latter perhaps surprising some of the gurus.  Below the fold, Disney's Christopher Robin holds the sixth slot with 8.9MM on what would be a leggy 32 percent drop if it hadn't disappointed from its opening frame.

KEVIN SPACEY's Billionaire Boys Club earned an abysmal 126 dollars on opening day.

ASIA ARGENTO, among the first women in the movie business to publicly accuse the producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault, mad a deal with her own accuser, according to the New York Times.

ARETHA FRANKLIN HAD POWER. Did we truly respect it? Or her humor?

AN AMPAS BOARD MEMBER says the "popular" Oscar is really a prize for a movie that audiences were entertained by. Keep digging!

LIAM NEESON will play a vengeful snow plow driver in Hard Powder. Really.

ALEC BALDWIN does not approve of his daughter Ireland’s sizzling photo.

BRUCE WILLIS & DEMI MOORE reunited for their daughter Rumer's 30th birthday. Get off my lawn.

WINONA RYDER may have married KEANU REEVES in Romania when they made Bram Stoker's Dracula. (This is technically an old story, but they're starring in an unpcoming rom-com, so...)

WATCHMEN is a go at HBO.

SISQO tied the knot with longtime fiance Elizabeth Pham.

THE 23 BEST FILMS of the 2000s, according to the Washington Post and virtually no one else.

I should be back with the full platter Tuesday.

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Aretha Franklin, RIP   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, August 17, 2018 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with ARETHA FRANKLIN, universally acclaimed as the “Queen of Soul” and one of America’s greatest singers (and best sellers) in any style, who died on Thursday at her home in Detroit. She was 76. I usually post this 1968 "Lady Soul" concert -- which includes  "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman," "Come Back Baby," "Dr Feelgood (Love Is A Serious Business)," "Since You've Been Gone (Sweet Sweet Baby)" "I  Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You)," "Chain Of Fools," and "Respect" -- dhring Black History month, not just because she was black, but because she was a piece of black history.  Before Aretha, there were few solo female rock or pop stars; African-American women tended to get packaged in groups. And gospel music tended to be an indirect influence in pop music (excepting perhaps Sam Cooke). She opened many doors and played a role in the civil rights movement (though she was generally humble about that role).  Franklin also became a voice of female empowerment, while never coming across as a doctrinaiire feminist. Indeed, while she was involved and a role model, she was herself most of all -- which her made her story a very American one and her appeal transcend political, racial and gender lines.  She had a personality that matched the force and range of her vocal instrument-- and her seemingly effortless ability to dial her wattage from diva to star to neighbor to mother suggests to the casual observer that she had equal command of both.  These elements may explain her ubiquity over the decades, as noted in so many of the obituaries and tributes pouring forth yesterday.  We still hear Franklin regularly yet it is remarkably difficult to tire of hearing her, not only because of her immense natural talent, but also because of her confidence and depth.  On that note, you vcn go with a playlist of 20 essential songs at the NYT, or a broader playlist from NPR.  Or you could go to Stereogum for 20 great moments and 10 deep cuts, while NPR has a different set of deep cuts.  And if you really want to go deep, Oliver Wang's tweet thread has has you covered. PLUS: A 1999 Fresh Air interview in which Franklin talks about her father's gospel influence, growing up with Sam Cooke, crossing over to pop music and more. She talks about her transormation of Otis Redding's  "Respect" in that interview, and it's also the subject of this piece by Carl Wilson.  PLUS: This 1974 profile from Rolling Stone, and this 2016 longread from The New Yorker. And this story about Etta James and Sarah Vaughn.

CANDI STATON, another great lady of soul, advance streams Unstoppable.

NOTHING advance streams Dance on the Blacktop.

LUCIE SILVAS advance streams E.G.O.

DEE WHITE advance streams Southern Gentleman.

PILOT works their "Magic" on TOTP.

MADONNA's 78 singles, all ranked by The Guardian. It's a bit perverse, which I guess is fitting.

COUNTRY JOE McDONALD talks to Aquarium Drunkard about his recordings, Woodstock, and the politically harried times that surrounded him, along with his artistic connections to Janis Joplin, Grace Slick, and everyone’s favorite anti-hippie John Fahey.

SOCIAL DISTORTION's Mike Ness has been accused of punching a concert attendee at a July show.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at the Beatles' soft, tender "Yesterday."

NOW SHOWING:This weekend's wide releases include Mile 22, which is currently scoring 23 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; Crazy Rich Asians, currently scoring 93 percent; and Alpha, scoring 80 percent.

JAMES GUNN is definitely out at Disney, despite a push from the Guardians of the Galaxy.

JOHNNY DEPP accused Amber Heard and her pals of deliberately soiling the sheets after a violent fight; she denies it.

T.J. MILLER denied allegations that he was a bully on the set of Silicon Valley after his former costar Alice Wetterlund accused him of such behavior.

SCARLETT JOHANSSON tops the Forbes list of the world's highest-paid actresses.

JENNIFER GARNER wants to give BEN AFFLECK the time and opportunity to work on his health and sobriety before finally divorcing.

STAR WARS: Another spin-off has been put on hold.

A TINY ANT heists a diamond. Paul Rudd unavailable for comment.


CROWS clean up cigarette butts at a theme park.

A WALLABY is on the lam in Essex.

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