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Events conspired against me. But I have a couple of Things. Three, really.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, May 01, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: The Fate of the Furious threepeated atop the chart with another 19.4MM on a 50 percent drop and breaking the billion-dollah mark worldwide.But it's already getting competition from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 in some foreign markets and this weekend should put the spaceships ahead of the cars.  How To Be A Latin Lover placed well above expectations with 12MM; it will be interesting to see whather this plays as counter-programming to GotG2, or gets squeezed simply by the sheer number of screens Star-Lord & Co. will occupy.  Even more surprising is the Indian Baahubali 2: The Conclusion showing with 10.1 million on just 445 screens; the original, however, wasn't leggy and I would expect the same here.  The debut of The Circle took the fourth slot with 9.3MM -- despite Emma Watson and Tom hanks, this one got terrible reviews and Cinemascores (a D-), so the only silver lining here is the 18MM budget.

THE FYRE FESTIVAL promised luxury on an uninhabited island in the Bahamas, but delivered what looks like a refugee camp.  According to sources, organizers, including Ja Rule and Billy McFarland, warned A-listers who had promoted the event not to come and took off when things went south.

ROSEANNE is making a comeback.

I should have more Things for Tuesday.  See you then!

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Nuggets, Bonnie "Prince" Billy, Joan Shelley, Brandi Carlile Tribute, Chickens   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, April 28, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



... with GARAGE ROCK! It's the time of year when I bring out The Standells - "Dirty Water/ Why Pick On Me", but I couldn't stop there. Let's have a baker's dozen of Nuggets, like Music Machine - "Talk Talk"; Blues Magoos - "We Ain't Got Nothin' Yet"; The Knickerbockers - "Lies"; The Outsiders - "Time Won't Let Me"; Count Five - "Psychotic Reaction"; The Seeds - "Pushin' Too Hard"; 13th Floor Elevators - "You're Gonna Miss Me"; Love - "My Little Red Book"; The Leaves - "Hey Joe"; Electric Prunes - "I Had Too Much To Dream Last Night," the Crazy World of Arthur Brown - "Fire" and The Nazz- "Open My Eyes."

BONNIE "PRINCE" BILLY advance streams his tribute to Merle Haggard, Best Troubador.

JOAN SHELLEY advance streams a self-titled LP.

ADELE, THE AVETT BROS, PEARL JAM,  DOLLY PARTON and more cover Brandi Carlile's The Story.

GLEN MORROW'S CRY FOR HELP shares "Comfort Zone."

THE BEATLES, working up an early take of "Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band."

MEN WITHOUT HATS: You can dance if you want to.

NICK CAVE, profiled by GQ.

SLEATER-KINNEY's Corin Tucker answers Five Questions From Guitar World.

MICHAEL McDONALD has outlived all your jokes about yacht rock.

THE 100 BEST INDIE FOLK ALBUMS, according to Paste.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases are The Circle, which is currently scoring 29 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; and How To Be a Latin Lover, which was not screened for Critics.

WONDER WOMAN isn't being heavily promoted. Ruh-Roh.

JOHNNY DEPP hung out in Disneyland's "Pirates of the Caribbean," because he's nuts and needs a hit.

GOLDIE HAWN, Interviewed by Kate Hudson.

AMBER HEARD made ELON MUSK work for it, as you would expect.

DAVID FINCHER directing BRAD PITT in a World War Z sequel?

THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA may return with Joe Johnston in the director's (silver) chair.

DAMIEN CAZELLE (La La Land) is set to helm The Eddy, a musical TV drama set in Paris.

CHICKENS ON A TRAIN: Where's Samuel L. Jackson?

THE GIANT RABBIT that died while being shipped from London to Chicago was alive when its flight landed, United says.

SCIENTISTS Just Transplanted Small Rat Heads Onto Bigger Rats.

A FAT BEAVER was rescued from a fence in Canada.

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Things. Thursday Things. Plus Alliteration. And Jonathan Demme.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



JONATHAN DEMME, the Oscar-winning filmmaker who directed films including Melvin and Howard, Something Wild, The Silence of the Lambs and Philadelphia, not to mention rockumentaries like Stop Making Sense, Neil Young: Heart of Gold, and Storefront Hitchcock, died on Wednesday at his home in Manhattan. He was 73.  The tributes poured infrom the worlds of film and music, including collaborator David Byrne. BONUS: Five music videos Demme directed.


BOB MOULD plated a micro-show at the Turf Club for The Current.

AIMEE MANN stoped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

CHASTITY BROWN stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

THE ONEDERS partially reunited for "That Thing You Do!" at a charity gig.

CHUCK BERRY: Hear "Wonderful Woman."

ME FIRST & THE GIMME GIMMES cover Barry Manilow and Madonna for Paste.


DUSTY SPRINGFIELD: "The Look of Love."

BRIAN WILSON talks about recording and retiring Pet Sounds.

NICK CAVE talks about his box set, songwriting and more.

THE CURE: Classics, revisited at SPIN.

STAX RECORDS will celebrate its 60th anniversary with a massive campaign reuniting the label's long-divided catalog.


M. NIGHT SHYAMALAN announced his next picture (SPOILER alert).

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD sequels have been written.

KING ARTHUR: LEGEND OF THE SWORD shared a clip online.

CAITLYN JENNER thinks O.J. did it.

CHRIS PRATT discusses the DC Cinematic Universe.

JEFF GOLDBLUM was running a food truck in Sydney.


LIONS: Don't tease them. The More You Know. Swoosh.

SNOT OTTERS walk proud at the Bronx Zoo.

SPANISH CANNIBAL SLUGS invade Britain, breed superslugs.

THE HERCULES BEETLE: A bit like Alien.

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Things. On a Wednesday, no less! And Stuff. Like a Dog Video.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



REAL ESTATE stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

KATE TEMPEST stops by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED features new tracks from The Mountain Goats, Shakey Graves, Orgone, The War on Drugs, and more.

BLONDIE shares "Fragments."

BIG THIEF shares a B-side, "Breathe In My Lungs."

FILTHY FRIENDS (Sleater-Kinney‘s Corin Tucker, R.E.M.‘s Peter Buck, Buck's Minus 5 bandmate Scott McCaughey, R.E.M. contributor Bill Rieflin, and Fastbacks member/MInus 5 contributor Kurt Bloch) share "Any Kind of Crowd" b/w a cover of Roxy Music's "Editions of You."

THE NO ONES (Buck and McCaughey joining I Was A King’s Frode Strømstad and Arne Kjelsrud Mathisen) jangle thru “Lisebet’s Gone (Sweet Street).”

BNQT (ft members of Travis, Band of Horses, Franz Ferdinand, and Grandaddy) shares “Mind Of A Man.”


RADIOHEAD did NOT cover "Gasolina."


THE MOUNTAIN GOATS' John Darnielle talks about growing up Goth.

DREAMING THE BEATLES: An excerpt from Rob Sheffield's new book.

JASON MOLINA excerpts his book, tracing his path from undergrad raconteur to Will Oldham’s pen pal.


STAR WARS: EPISODE IX and INDIANA JONES 5 get release dates.

JEFF GOLDBLUM will be in Jurassic World 2.

ZOE SALDANA probably let slip the title of the fourth Avengers movie. I don't think it tells you anything hardcore fans couldn't guess.

BRIE LARSON is covered by Vanity Fair.

EMMA WATSON, Interviewed by Jessica Chastain.

MADONNA isn’t too excited about a planned feature movie that will follow her early years as an aspiring material girl in gritty 1980s New York.

KURT RUSSELL responds to the upcoming re-make of the classic Escape From New York. And talks GotG Vol 2.

THE BACHELOR star Chris Soules was arrested on Monday following a fatal accident.


THIS DOG didn't recognize his owner -- who lost 50 lbs in the hospital -- until he passed the smell test.

A VALUABLE GIANT RABBIT died on a United Airlines flight.

A DOG underwent gender reassignment in a rare operation after vets discovered she was a hermaphrodite.

THE WORLD's LAST MALE NORTHERN WHITE RHINO has turned to Tinder for help.

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A light Tuesday, but almost all of the Things.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



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

JOHN MELLENCAMP & CARLENE CARTER advance stream Sad Clowns & Hillbillies.

LASER BACKGROUND streams the trippy Dark Nuclear Bogs.

MAZES share a "West Coast Revolution."


ROY ORBISON provides vintage performances of "Running Scared" and "Oh, Pretty Woman" for Twofer Tuesday.

THE NEW PRONOGRAPHERS: carl Newman talks to Diffuser about his process, lengthy tours, artistic longevity and how Dan Bejar's absence changed - and didn't change - the sound.

BANANARAMA RETURNS: Can Siobhan, Keren and Sara recapture their glory days?

FATHER JOHN MISTY songs, ranked by Paste.

PRINCE, ranked by Stereogum.


JOANIE LOVES CHACHI, except when Chachi blames her death on dtink and drugs instead of stage 4 cancer.

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL 2: A bunch of "top critics" weigh in with "Good, but not as good as the original" verdicts.

ELTON JOHN canceled multiple shows due to a rare illness that has dogged him for several months.

KENNY G subjected Delta passengers to an impromptu performance, but was not dragged from the aircraft.

ELON MUSK and AMBER HEARD seem to be an item.

GREY'S ANATOMY star Jesse Williams and his wife, Aryn Drake-Lee, are divorcing.

MEL B doubles down on claims the couple’s former nanny and husband Stephan Belafonte began having an affair after they had begun to have threesome trysts with their child’s caretaker.  The fmr nanny has filed a defamation suit over the allegations.

FAYE DUNAWAY feels bad about the 2017 Oscars mix-up, which wasn't really her fault.


WILD BOARS killed three Islamic State terrorists in Kirkuk.

A NEW SPECIES OF ANT, named after Radiohead.

MAN BITES DOG, allegedly.

DOGS ARE DOGGOS: An Internet Language Built Around Love For The Puppers. They're good dogs, bront.

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