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I got handed a work thing last night, but Jim Steinman RIP.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, April 21, 2021 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


JIM STEINMAN, who wrote all the songs on “Bat Out of Hell,” Meat Loaf’s operatic, teenage-angst-filled 1977 debut album, which remains one of the most successful records of all time, died on Monday in Danbury, Conn. He was 73.  A fairly recent NYT story ostensibly about the Bat Out of Hell musical contains his credo: “If you don’t go over the top, how are you ever going to see what’s on the other side?” Rolling Stone has 10 essential Steinman songs, from Meat Loaf to Air Supply to Bonnie Tyler (because "Total Eclipse of the Heart" is a must) but they left out anything from the insane movie Streets of Fire, so I'll throw in "Nowhere Fast," which features Steinman's trademark song and a very young Diane Lane.

Like I hinted above, I was suddenly and totally swamped at work today, but I hope to be back tomorrow with more "news."

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Alrighty. Tuesday Things.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, April 20, 2021 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


YO LA TENGO are captured playing the bouncy "Mr. Tough" and "I Feel Like Going Home" at The Current.  And that. my friends, is Twofer Tuesday.


ORIONS BELTE covers Mac Miller's "2009" and Danzig's "Am I Demon" for a Lagniappe Session.

THE MOUNTAIN GOATS share "Mobile."

MORRISSEY is upset with The Simpsons.

PAUL WELLER will never support Spotify because of its payment model for artists.

BON IVER guests on a podcast about collecting your revenue streams.

BOB DYLAN biographers Howard Sounes and Clinton Heylin are having a beef.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at George Michael's whispery, fragile, "Father Figure."


SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS has a trailer online. (btw, the Ten Rings are all over the MCU, hiding in the background.)

VIN DIESEL wants to turn Mattel's Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em into a franchise.

THE OSCARS won't require masks.

QUEEN ELIZABETH II will mark a subdued 95th birthday tomorrow following the death of Prince Philip.

FURIOSA will be the “the largest film ever to be filmed” in Australia.

DOWNTON ABBEY is headed to the big screen again.

KIM KARDASHIAN  is earning the title of “most eligible billionaire bachelorette” following her split from Kanye West.

MARIEL HEMINGWAY admits that Woody Allen's Manhattan could not be released today.

STAR WAGGONS: Ever wonder where Hollywood's trailers came from?


DOG v GOPHER: Who You Got?

BIG STEPS, little pupper.

POLAR BEARS are mating with grizzlies to become 'Pizzly Bears.'

OTTERS are recovering from covid at the Georgia Aquarium.

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Helen McCrory and Mike Mitchell RIP, plus Monday Things.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, April 19, 2021 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


STEELY DAN turn in a spirited "Reelin' in the Years" on the Midnight Special.  Fagen reportedly hated this performance, which appears in Almost Famous.

NEW RELEASES: Paste will point you to Paul McCartney, Andy Stott, The Armed, and more.

BILL'S INDIE BASEMENT has Cory Hanson, The Caternary Wires, and remixes galore.

THE VINTAGE CARAVAN streams Monuments.

THE CORAL shares "Vacancy."

ISLANDS return with "Set the Fairlight."

MIKE MITCHELL, lead guitarist for the Kingsmen for more than six decades, died Friday on his 77th birthday, according to a publicist for the group.

DRY CLEANING is profiled by Pitchfork.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at the great Latin freestyle group Exposé's trajectory-altering hit ballad "Seasons Change."


WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Godzilla vs. Kong threepeats atop the chart with 7.7MM on a 44 percent dropNobody places with 2.5MM on a one percent drop.  The Unholy shows with 2MM on a 14 percent drop.  Next week: Mortal Kombat.

HELEN McCRORY, the accomplished and versatile British stage and screen actress who played Narcissa Malfoy in three Harry Potter films and the matriarch Polly Gray on the BBC series “Peaky Blinders,” in addition to earning critical plaudits for her stage work, has died at her home in north London. She was 52.  Her husband, Damian Lewis, wrote a lovely tribute.

STEVEN SODERBERGH is going to try to save the Oscars. Good luck with that. 

THE LORD OF THE RINGS: Amazon will spend roughly 465 million in U.S. dollars — for just the first season of the show.

MATTHEW McCONNAUGHEY commands more support to be Texas' next governor than incumbent Greg Abbott, according to a poll released Sunday by The Dallas Morning News and the University of Texas at Tyler.

GWENYTH PALTROW & COURTNEY LOVE's psychiatrist had his license revoked.

ALFRED MOLINA, a/k/a Doc Ock, has a Spider-spoiler.


THE SHEEP is a metaphor for everything.

A DOGGO does a trust fall.

A FAMILY OF FOXES frame a pastor for shoe theft.

HALF MONKEY, HALF HUMAN EMBRYOS: What could go wrong, Bright Eyes?

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Blind Faith, and Friday Things.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, April 16, 2021 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with BLIND FAITH! Live at London's Hyde Park in June 1969. After an introduction and brief segments about supergroup members Steve Winwood, Rick Grech, Ginger Baker, and Eric Clapton, your set list includes:"Well All Right", "Sea of Joy","Sleeping in the Ground", "Under My Thumb", "Can't Find My Way Home", "Do What You Like", "In the Presence of the Lord", "Means to an End", and "Had to Cry Today".



THE BLACK KEYS return with a cover of John Lee Hooker’s "Crawling Kingsnake."

RICHARD THOMPSON surveys his career for Stereogum.

LAURIE ANDERSON talks to All Things Considered.

ADAM SCHLESSINGER is getting an all-star tribute concert on May 5.

RUSTY YOUNG, a founding member of country rock vets Poco, died on Wednesday of a heart attack at his home in Davisville, Missouri. He was 75.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Tiffany's heartsick teen-pop ballad "Could've Been."


J-LO & A-ROD are Dun-zo. But she has not returned the ring yet.

MEGXIT: Prince William and Prince Harry will not walk together at their grandfather Prince Philip's funeral on Saturday. And they won't be in uniform.

PETE DAVIDSON & PHOEBE DYVENOR (Bridgerton) make a romantic gesture.  BTW, he's set to play Joey Ramone.

IDRIS ELBA's TV detective Luther 'isn't black enough to be real,'according to the BBC's diversity chief.

KANYE WEST is already thinking about his next relationship.

JUSTIN THEROUX is profiled by Esquire.

INDIANA JONES 5: Harrison Ford is joined by Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Mads Mikkelsen.

AQUAMAN 2 may pick up Pilou Asbaek, best known for his role as the villainous Euron Greyjoy in Game of Thrones.

THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD has a trailer online.


A ROAD BLOCK in Tanzania.

WALKING the Goose.

A DOGGO knows the angles.

TWO TIGERS test positive for covid.

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Taking a personal day.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, April 15, 2021 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


I'VE RECOVERED FROM MY VACCINATION.  But I haven't quite recovered from trying to march on not enough sleep. Meanwhile:

FAST & FURIOUS 9 has a trailer online.

DOGS practice their stealth skills.

A DEAF DOGGO awakens.

A PRAIRIE DOG gets skrtiches.

A SHELTER DOG gets his forever home.

More tomorrow, most likely.

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