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Paisley Underground, Angel Olsen, Black Crowes, Little Wings, Otters   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, November 15, 2019 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


...with THE PAISLEY UNDERGROUND!  A two-part (Part 1, Part 2) feature from the Old Grey Whistle Test on L.A.'s psychedelic-flavored, West Coast scene in the mid-80s. Bands featured include the Long Ryders, Prime Movers, Thin White Rope, Pontiac Brothers and the Rain Parade with a 6 minute live version of No Easy Way Down. The Long Ryders get short shrift so I'll add in their later OGWT appearance to play "Looking For Lewis & Clark." The term "Paisley Underground" is believed to have been jokingly coined by Michael Quercio of the band The Three O'Clock, so I'll toss in the clip for "Her Head's Revolving" as a bonus. Abther band associated with the scene not featured is The Bangs, a/k/a The Bangles, with an early track, "The Real World."  DOUBLE BONUS: The Guardian Music Blog has a link-rich piece on the Rain Parade and other Paisley Underground bands.

ANGEL OLSEN visits The Current.

THE BLACK CROWES' Chris and Rich Robinson visit Morning Becomes Eclectic.

LITTLE WINGS cover Don Henley, Joey Scarbury, Natalie Merchant, Jerry Garcia and Cyndi Lauper for a Lagniappe Session.

WYE OAK shares their "Fortune."

OF MONTREAL returns with “Peace to All Freaks.”


DUSTY SPRINGFIELD covers "People Get Ready."

THE GET UP KIDS share a video for "Lou Barlow," starring the man himself.

TINDERSTICKS: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview.

THE 1975's Matty Healy Dissects Every Song on A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships.


THE BEST CHRISTMAS ALBUMS EVER, according to Happy Magazine.


NOW SHOWING:  This weekend's wide releases include Ford v Ferrari, which is currently scoring 91 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; the latest reboot of Charlie's Angels, which is scoring 59 percent, and The Good Liar, scoring 59 percent.

FORD vs FERRARI: Director James Mangold talks about how the film is a metaphor for filmmaking.

CHRIS PRATT auditioned for Captain America.

QUEEN ELIZABETH II has been helping the Duke and Duchess of Sussex cope with the pressures of royal life.

ANGELINA JOLIE  “has been on a few dates, but nothing serious” has come out of them.

TAYLOR SWIFT says Scooter Braun and Scott Borchetta are blocking her from performing her old songs.  Shades of John Fogerty.

BEVERLY HILLS COP: Netflix has picked up the rights to make a sequel, with Eddie Murphy set to star and Jerry Bruckheimer set to produce.

SPIKE LEE will direct a 1980s-era hip-hop take on Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet.

DIANE NEAL, who played prosecutor Casey Novak on Law and Order: SVU, is accusing her celebrity magician ex-boyfriend of physical and sexual abuse—and of hurting her pets.

HALLMARK CHANNEL is getting into the holiday spirit... of Hannukah.


OTTERS on a water slide.

A FERRET gets down.

KANGAROOS, rescued from "unprecedented" emergency-level fires in Australia.

THREE COWS swept out to sea during Hurricane Dorian have been found alive on the Outer Banks in North Carolina.

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I may be coming down with something, but I have Things.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


ANGELINA JOLIE still has anger toward Brad Pitt despite ending their marriage more than three years ago.

ROD STEWART reveals his epic model railway city.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Barry Manilow's final chart-topper, the hammy and bittersweet "Looks Like We Made It."

THE MANDALORIAN: Season 2 is already shooting.

JENNIFER LOPEZ, SCARLETT JOHANSSON, LUPITA NYONG'O and more take the THR Drama Actress Roundtable.

JANE SEYMOUR: "Not every designer will dress someone my age."

TWELVE SONGS that should be made into movies, except "Closing Time" is about childbirth.

JOAQUIN PHOENIX will consider a live-action version of Road Runner.

JAMES DEAN may not be the only dead celeb going back to work via CGI.

A KITTEN, holding a duckling.

...Here's hoping this is a false alrm and I'm back at full power tomorrow.

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Tanya Tucker, Our Girl, Leslie Odom, Jr., Baby Rhino   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


CHEAP TRICK: "I Can't Take It." An overlooked gem.

TANYA TUCKER plays the AmericanaFest Day Stage.

OUR GIRL visits the Paste studio.

LESLIE ODOM, JR plays a Tiny Desk Concert.

JANELLE MONAE covers “He’s A Tramp,” originally sung by Peggy Lee in The Lady and the Tramp.

THE WHIFFS share the power-poppin' “Now I Know.”


BILL FAY shares a video for “Filled With Wonder Once Again.”

MOUNT EERIE: Phil Elverum talks to Pitchfork about his brief moment as a tabloid concern, finding comfort in uncertainty, and turning lost love into something useful and good.

ARIEL PINK talks about his odds & sods with PopMatters.

THE TOP 100 ALBUMS of 2019, according to Rough Trade.

THE BAND's self-titled LP is essayed by Terry Teachout.


FRIENDS may reunite for a special on HBO Max.

JOHN LEGEND is People magazine's Sexiest Man Alive.

WERNER HERZOG explains why he didn't need to see the Star Wars films to take a role in The Mandalorian.

DAISY RIDLEY, profiled in Marie Claire, is coy about a rumored engagement.

RICKY GERVAIS has announced that he's set to host the Golden Globes once again in 2020, his fifth (and last?) time in the job.

CHRIS EVANS & SCARLETT JOHANSSON interview each other about their post-Marvel projects.

BRUCE CAMPBELL has a unique take on the Scorsese-Marvel kerfuffle.

RENEE ZELLEWEGER opens up about her break from acting.

PAUL THOMAS ANDERSON is returning to his San Fernando Valley roots to make a new film set in the 1970s.


A BABY RHINO protects his mom while vets work on her.


A FAMILY found their lost dog while waiting in line to adopt a kitten.

AN ORANGUTAN granted legal personhood by a judge in Argentina is settling into her new surroundings at the Center for Great Apes in central Florida.

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Robert Randolph, Tyler Childers, Mose Allsion, Andrew Bird, Goat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, November 12, 2019 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE MAMAS & PAPAS: All the leaves are brown, so it's "California Dreamin'" and "Nowhere Man" for Twofer Tuesday.

ROBERT RANDOLPH & THE FAMILY BAND play the AmericanaFest Day Stage.

TYLER CHILDERS visit The Current.

MOSE ALLISON: Iggy Pop, Frank Black, Jackson Browne, and Taj Mahal are among those contributing to a tribute LP.

ANDREW BIRD has a Christmas EP.


DAVID BYRNE joins Choir! Choir! Choir! for a cover of David Bowie's "Heroes."

SMASHING PUMPKINS get almost two and a half hours of discussion and analysis on Political Beats with guest James Poulous of The American Mind.

THE BLACK CROWES: Chris and Rich Robinson look forward and back for their upcoming 30th anniversary Shake Your Money Maker tour.

PETE DOHERTY was arrested in Paris for second time while celebrating release from custody on cocaine charges.

THE 50 BEST INDIE ROCK ALBUMS of the 2010s, according to Paste.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Shaun Cassidy's deeply pointless cover of The Crystals’ classic, "Da Doo Ron Ron."


THE MANDALORIAN: How Pedro Pascal went from police procedurals to Game of Thrones to Star Wars.

THE PEOPLES' CHOICE AWARDS went to these folks. Congrats.

WOODY ALLEN has settled a lawsuit with Amazon Studios after it pulled out of a four-film deal with the director.

MARTIN SCORSESE's movies ranked by Uproxx.

WATCHMEN: Jean Smart talks about the reimagining of Laurie Balke.

KNIVES OUT:  Why Rian Johnson followed up The Last Jedi with a whodunit.

NOBODY KNOWS What Television Is Anymore.  And if you're nodding your head at that, there's Katherine Miller.


A GOAT and a tetherball.

MEOW? Almost.

AN OTTER has tired feet after a hard day of water sausaging.

THIS STINGRAY is strangely adorable.

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The Gales of November have come early.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, November 11, 2019 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



THE WRECK of the EDMUND FITZGERALD: The legend lives o­n from the Chippewa o­n down of the big lake they called Gitche Gumee.Yesterday was the anniversary of the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald -- 729 feet-long, 75 feet in breadth, 39 feet in depth, weighing 13,632 gross tons -- an ore bulk carrier with a capacity of 25,000 tons. When it was launched o­n June 7 1958, at the Great Lakes Engineering Works in River Rouge, Michigan, Fitzgerald was the largest ship o­n the Great Lakes. Here's misty, water-colored video of the launch.

The "Queen of the Great Lakes" sank in the eastern end of Lake Superior during a fierce storm -- including snow squalls -- that pounded the ship with 30-foot waves. The crew of 29 men perished; without witnesses, a definitive reason has never been determined. A Coast Guard report suggested that faulty hatches failed to keep water out of the ship's cargo holds, though others believe the ship struck an uncharted shoal and took o­n water. A documentary created and aired by the Discovery Channel concluded the loss was due to freak waves that overwhelmed the faulty hatches.

After the wreck, the Rev. Richard Ingalls went to Mariners' Church in Detroit and rang its bell 29 times, o­nce for each life lost. The church continues to hold an annual memorial, which includes reading the names of the crewmen and ringing the church bell. Here's video of Rev. Ingalls recounting that night.  More than 250 people gathered at the church for the 40th anniversary, which was expanded to remember victims from all tragedies on the Great Lakes. And here's a remembrance from a brother of one of the lost crew members.

At the request of family members surviving her crew, Fitzgerald's 200 lb. bronze bell was recovered by the Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society in 1995, as a joint project with the National Geographic Society, Canadian Navy, Sony Corporation, and Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. The bell is now o­n display in the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum. Here's a brief video from o­ne of the underwater explorations of the wreck. Fmr newsman Larry Elliot recalls the remote expedition.  And here is a story from one of the two scuba divers to ever reach the sunken hull.  Throw in the 3-D animation, and you'll feel just like Bill Paxton.

The song by Gordon Lightfoot spent 21 straight weeks o­n the pop charts, peaking at No. 2. Here, Lightfoot discusses writing the song, and the lyrics he's changed.  And there's a homemade video for it, which I highly recommend. Beats the tar of Celine Dion! (PS:  Ken King -- who has lived o­n the U.P. of  Michigan, says the gales of November are quite something.)


NEW RELEASES: Pitchfork will point you to Mount Eerie & Julie Dorion, Friendship, Clams Casino, and more.

INDIE BASEMENT points you to releases from Rocketship, Capitol, Everything But The Girl, and Moloko.

NOAH GUNDERSON visits World Cafe.

MOUNTAIN MAN covers "White Christmas."


LANA DEL REY brought Lucy Dacus and Best Coast's Bethany Cosentino on stage in Chicago.

RIC OCASEK cut Paulina Porizkova out of his will.

THE BEST SELLING MUSIC ARTISTS, 1969-2019, visualized.

ROBERT FREEMAN, who shot some of the Beatles' most iconic album covers, has died. He was 82 years old.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Alan O'Day's incredibly strange sex-hallucination hit "Undercover Angel."


WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Oof, and oof again.  Midway surprises atop the chart with 17.5MM, though that's against a 100MM production budget and on Veterans' Day weekend no less.  It had less-than-fresh reviews, but an "A" Cinemascore, so it delivered what was expected.  Doctor Sleep places with 14.1MM, well short of predictions into the 30s, against a budget between 45-55MM.  Playing With Fire shows with an estimated 12.8MM, which a few believe is quite estimated indeed.  Last Christmas debuts in the fourth slot with 11.6M; its "B-" Cinemascore lands on top of less-than-fresh reviews to suggest a shorter run than the studio hoped.  Terminator: Dark Fate, last weekend's underwhelming champ, skids 63 percent to round out the Top Five with 10.8MM. More about that below.

WHY TERMINATOR: DARK FATE could lose over 100MM.

MILEY CYRUS underwent vocal cord surgery and will require weeks of silence to recover.

PAT SAJAK underwent emergency surgery for a blocked intestine ... opening the door for Vanna White to host “Wheel of Fortune.”

CLINT EASTWOOD cares not if a wildfire is advancing on his film shoot.

ROMAN POLANSKI faces another accusation of rape from a then-18-year-old.

THE IRISHMAN: The end of the gangster movie as we know it?

CHARLES LEVIN, best known for his work on Seinfeld, meets a dramatic death.

VETERANS' DAY: Today is the observation of the anniversary of the end of WWI; thank a vet today, and read the excellent 2009 piece by the WaPo's David Ignatius that may be more true today. 


A GIRL and a Husky.

YELLING AT YOUR DOGS ruins their lives, so don't be a jerk: study.

WHY SENIOR DOGS, often the last to be adopted, make great pets.


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