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Shindig, Jeff Tweedy, Bette Smith, Stars, Golden Retriever   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, December 08, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with A CHRISTMAS SHINDIG! The full episode has gone dark, but still-available clips from 1964 include The Beach Boys' "Dance, Dance, Dance," Bobby Sherman and Donna Loren singing "Keep on Searching," the Righteous Brothers doing "The Jerk" and an awesome milk commercial, Adam Faith with "Watch Your Step," and "Santa Claus Is Back In Town", Bobby Sherman with "Sleigh Ride," Donna Loren returning with a Spector-esque, but rougher "Santa Claus is Coming to Town," and The Beach Boys deliver a set including "Little Saint Nick," "Monster Mash" (yes, really) "Papa Oom Mow Mow," "Johnny B. Goode," and "We Three Kings."

JEFF TWEEDY played a career-spanning, six-song set for NPR Music's 10th anniversary concert.

BETTE SMITH stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

STARS stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

COMA CINEMA streams Loss Memory.

BUFFALO TOM shares "All Be Gone."

THE KINKS, with the evergreen "Father Christmas."

BELLE & SEBASTIAN guitarist Stevie Jackson ranks the band's catalog.

LISA LOEB talks to Stereogum about her Grammy-nominated children’s album, meeting David Bowie, and the origin of "Stay (I Missed You)."

SIMON RAYMONDE, of the Cocteau Twins and Bella Union, tals to The Creative Independent about preserverance.

THE BEST ALBUMS of 2017, according to Drowned in Sound.

NOW SHOWING: Just Getting Started is this weekend's wide release, and as of Thusday afternoon it either hasn't been screened or reviews are embargoed.  Meanwhile, The Disaster Artist expands near-wideat 94 percent, though it seems like it should have a cult audience.

BRYAN SINGER is being sued for allegedly forcing a 17-year-old boy to perform oral sex on him and then raping him, but Singer categorically denies the allegations. This is my shocked face.

DYLAN FARROW asks why the Weinstein scandal has yet to hi Woody Allen.

KEVIN SPACEY reportedly groped a former member of Norway's royal family at a banquet 10 years ago.

J.K. ROWLING defends casting Johnny Depp as Grindelwald in the Fantastic Beasts movies.

JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM posts a trailer online. There will be Goldblum.

THE DC UNIVERSE is getting a studio shakeup following the box office disappointment of Justice League, .

JOHN TRAVOLTA claims Lionsgate sold his Gotti biopic back to the producer because he found someone willing to bankroll a wider release.

PRINCE HARRY & MEGHAN MARKLE plot a pre-nuptual getaway.

QUENTIN TARANTINO's STAR TREK is apparently not a joke, and probably R-rated.

X-MEN: DARK PHOENIX gets the first look treatment from Entertainment Weekly.

THE PREDATOR will explore the greater details of why these extraterrestrial creatures came to Earth and what exactly they plan to do there.

LINDSAY LOHAN wants a Mean Girls sequel becacuse of course she would.

DAVID CASSIDY cut his estranged daughter out of his will.

A GOLDEN RETRIEVER knows the struggles of being the older sibling.

THE JELLYFISH APOCALYPSE: The stinging, gelatinous blobs could take over the world's oceans.

A NEWLY-DISCOVERED DINOSAUR is like a raptor with a swan's neck. So weird that experts thought it might be fake.

A 17-FT PYTHON that could 'pretty much kill any full-grown man' was caught in Everglades.

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Work was so cray, but Thingsday must go on...   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, December 07, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


I FEEL TERRIBLE, especially because the true master of this domain was likely in the midst of the California wildfires on Wednesday.  As one wag quipped on Twitter: "One does not simply commute into Mordor." But I have things!

THE RAMONES: "Merry Christmas (I Don't Wanna Fight Tonight)."

THE DREAM SYNDICATE stopped by The Current!


KING KRULE played a Tiny Desk Concert, and Jon Pratt digs it.

SUFJAN STEVENS shares a song about "Tonya Harding."


FATHER JOHN MISTY shares a video for the 13-minute epic, "Leaving LA."

JOHNNY HALLIDAY, France's biggest rock star, has died after a battle with lung cancer. He was 74.

DAVID BOWIE snag with DEVO, and the tapes likely exist.

JIMI HENDRIX gets another posthumous release, including 10 previously unheard recordings.

25 GREAT EPs from 2017, according to Stereogum.


STAR WARS: Princess Leia is the most popular character, Americans continue to prefer the originals, and more statistics.

CASABLANCA: The accidental classic turns 75. Here's looking at you, kid.

HARVEY WEINSTEIN: Six women have filed a proposed class action lawsuit against disgraced Hollywood mogul and his former company members.

JEFFREY TAMBOR now says he has not quit Transparent and has no plans to do so.

JENNIFER LAWRENCE gave a wide-ranging interview to Oprah.

EDGAR WRIGHT teases a sequel to Baby Driver.

DEXTER FLETCHER replaces BRYAN SINGER as director of Bohemian Rhapsody.

DECEMBER 7, 1941: A "date which will live in infamy." I'll be watching Tora! Tora! Tora! this weekend. BTW, the first nation invaded by the US after entering WWII was Morocco, then Algeria, iirc. War is strange.


AGGRESSIVE MANTIS SQUAD prepares for glory.

MOUNTAIN LIONS are so scared of humans that the sound of talk radio sends them running. Same, tbh.

SERVICE DOG causes chaos at Cats performance.

MUTANT RATS could be released in Britain to solve a rodent problem.  I'm sure it's fine.

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Grizzly Bear, Bootsy Collins, Springtime Carnivore, Squirrel Threat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, December 06, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


U2 cover "Merry Christmas, Baby (Please Come Home)," ripped from the premiere, for extra retro goodness.

GRIZZLY BEAR stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

BOOTSY COLLINS stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

SPRINGTIME CARNIVORE covers Marshall Crenshaw and The Korgis for Aquarium Drunkard.

BEST COAST covers the Beach Boys' "Little Saint Nick."

TY SEGALL covers Hot Chocolate's "Every 1’s A Winner."


ST VINCENT performs "Slow Disco" in a fake church on Fallon.

NEIL YOUNG put his entire catalog online, free, at high quality. (minus the Geffen records, iirc)

RONNIE SPECTOR talks to Aquarium Drunkard about her amazing career in pop music.

VICTORIA WILLIAMS is profiled by All Songs Considered.

THE TOP 50 LPs of 2017, according to Stereogum.


DANNY MASTERSON has been booted from The Ranch, Netflix just announced, because of multiple rape allegations, but the actor vehemently denies the claims. Was this awkward moment the tipping point?

DUSTIN HOFFMAN & JOHN OLIVER sparred over sex harassment claims during a Q & A intended as a prologue to a 20th-anniversary screening of the film Wag the Dog.

HARVEY WEINSTEIN's Complicity Machine.

WHY DID BRYAN SINGER leave Bohemian Rhapsody? Experts claim to be baffled.

TERRY CREWS is suing the agent he claims groped him at a Hollywood party.

GOTTI: Lionsgate sold the John Travolta-starring mafia pic back to its producer just 10 days before its release date.

PRINCE WILLIAM is slated to take on the role as Prince Harry's best man in his 2018 wedding to Meghan Markle.

STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI may include a surprise cameo; Spoiler Warning, obvsly.

QUENTIN TARANTINO hatching a Star Trek movie?

FOX BOSS James Murdoch is reportedly being considered as a potential successor to Bob Iger, chief executive of Walt Disney, if the two companies reach agreement on a possible takeover.

CHRISTINE KEELER, the model embroiled in the 1963 Profumo affair, has died aged 75, her son has said.


THE SQUIRREL THREAT: A militant rodent tried to steal Christmas.

A DOG in western Wisconsin brought home partial remains of a human skull Sunday.

A GIANT WOLF-COYOTE HYBRID has been spotted ‘hunting' a woman outside her home.

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Mountain Goats, Luna, Ted Leo, Cults, Squirrel Threat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, December 05, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


GLAM XMAS:  Wizzard's awesome "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day" and Slade's "Merry Christmas Everybody" (1973's UK Xmas No. 1) are your Twofer Tuesday.

THE MOUNTAIN GOATS, Live at Brooklyn Steel, November 12, 2017.

LUNA stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

TED LEO plays a Tiny Desk Concert.

CULTS & CHRISTOPHER OWENS cover Hideout's "I Got Your Message."


FRANZ FERDINAND shares a video for “Always Ascending.”

CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL get an 82-minute discussion on Political Beats, with guest journalist Philip Wegmann.

FLEET FOXES' Robin Pecknold takes Stereogum on an ill-fated Icelandic road trip.

THE TOP 100 TRACKS of 2017, according to The Guardian.

BONO offered to write a protest song for...Unilever?


STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI posted a fight training video.

ALTERED CARBON drops a teaser trailer.

BRYAN SINGER has been fired from the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody.

HOUSE OF CARDS  will be returning for its final season without star Kevin Spacey

RIDLEY SCOTT's plans for the next Alien movie are all about artificial intelligence.

PRINCE HARRY & MEGHAN MARKLE get b-a-n-a-n-a-s.

KRISTEN BELL will be the first-ever host of the SAG Awards.


THE SQUIRREL THREAT A militant rodent stashed all of his pine cones under a motorist's hood.


DOG SHOOTS MAN in Iowa hunting accident.

RACCOON imitates Winnie-the-Pooh.

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Spoon, Buckingham & McVie, Walter Martin, Possum   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, December 04, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


DIRTY PROJECTORS share a video for the epic "Up in Hudson."

SPOON plays a mini-set on CBS This Morning.

LINDSEY BUCKINGHAM & CHRISTINE McVIE stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

WALTER MARTIN (Walkmen) plays a Tiny Desk Concert. With a barbershop quartet.

THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS share "Last Wave."

GLAM CHOPS: Art Brut's Eddie Argos has a "Countdown to Christmas."

WILCO's Jeff Tweedy and John Stirratt recently sat down together for a chat with journalist and Being There Deluxe liner notes writer Steven Hyden to talk about the band, then and now.

CHRIS STAPLETON talks to All Things Considered about the litmus test he has for old songs he has written and why his music is connecting with audiences now.

WOLF ALICE is profiled by the Illinois Entertainer.

THE BEST BAND MERCH of 2017, according to Pitchfork.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Coco repeats atop the chart with 26.1MM, down 49 percent, a drop consistent with recent Disney holiday releases, butmeaning it will come in at the lower end of Pixar flicks. Justice League holds the scecond spot with 16.6MM on a 60 percent drop, more bad news for the WB.  Wonder also repeats, with the surprise hit taking in another 12.5MM on a 45 percent drop; it will likely cross 100MM domestic by next monday, which no one predicted.  Thor: Ragnarok repeats in the fourth slot with another 9.7MM on a leggy 43 percent drop as it closes in on 300MM domestic.  And rounding out the Top Five, Daddy's Home continues to edge out Murder on the Orient Express with 7.8MM, though the latter edges the former in total withadult sales during the week.

BRYAN SINGER is "unexpectedly unavailable" to finish directing the Queen biopic.  I'm sure it's just about his heath.

MATT LAUER's long-suffering wife Annette Roque has fled their home and is rumored to have headed back to her native Netherlands amid his sex harassment scandal.  When executives asked Lauer about possible misconduct, he said he was “racking his brain and couldn’t think of anything at all."

JAMES LEVINE, the legendary Metropolitan Opera conductor, allegedly molested a teenager for years.

GERALDO RIVERA apologized to Bette Midler after she accused him earlier this week of drugging and groping her in the 1970s.

PAMELA ANDERSON told Megyn Kelly that the women who were sexually abused by Harvey Weinstein might not have been victimized if they were just more careful with him.

JOHN HOCCKENBERRY, "retired" public radio icon,is accused of sex harassment.

JORDAN PEELE & GRETA GERWIG talk about successful directorial debuts.

STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI director Rian Johnson reveals the first word in Episode VIII.

CHRIS PRATT officially filed for divorce from Anna Faris.

KALEY CUOCO is getting married to longtime bf Karl Cook.

AMANDA SEYFRIED is dating a real estate exec.

THE WINKLEVOSS TWINS may have lost on Facebook, but won on Bitcoin.

A POSSUM apparently drank bourbon after breaking into a Florida liquor store, sobered up at a wildlife rescue center and was released unharmed.

A SOGGY WOMBAT is rescued from a storm drain Down Under.

THE GAVLE GOAT has a livecam, at least until someone burns it down, per usual.

THE PENGUIN EXHIBIT in Yulin City in China's southern Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Regionturned out to be inflatable.

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