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It's a Faces Friday.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, October 09, 2020 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with THE FACES! Rod Stewart, Ron Wood, Ronnie Lane, Kenny Jones, and Ian McLagan, live on the Beeb circa 1972.  Your setlist includes: "Three Button Hand Me Down"; "Maybe I'm Amazed"; "Too Much Woman/Street Fighting Man"; "Miss Judy's Farm"; "Love In Vain"; "Stay With Me"; and "I'm Losing You."

DAWES performs on an L.A. rooftop.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED features Maren Morris, Palberta, Purple Witch of Culver, and more.

SHARON JONES & THE DAP-KINGS: hear the previously unreleased cover of Dusty Springfield's “Little By Little.”


THE FLEETWOOD MAC "DREAMS" video story ends on a high note.

SAMMY HAGAR & MICHAEL ANTHONY pay video tribute to the late Eddie Van Halen.

CHAKA KHAN denies hooking up with Rick James.

LENNY KRAVITZ talks to Fresh Air about his memoir.

THE BEASTIE BOYS' Ad-Rock recently contributed to Rolling Stone‘s ‘500 Greatest Albums' poll by submitting a list of 50 highly obscure and, in some cases, made-up albums.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Tears For Fears' gleaming, contemplative shuffle "Everybody Wants To Rule The World."


PIXAR's SOUL gives up on theaters and is headed to Disney+ for Christmas.

MEGXIT: Why Prince Harry Questioned Prince William's ‘Concern for Meghan’ Before They Got Married.

LARRY DAVID wed his girlfriend Ashley Underwood.

KATHARINE McPHEE & DAVID FOSTER are expecting their first child together.

BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH will play Dr. Strange in Spider-Man 3.

MANK: David Fincher's film about Herman J. Mankiewicz, who co-wrote the screenplay for Citizen Kane with Orson Welles,has a teaser online.

THE EXPANSE: Season 5 has a trailer online.

AMERICA, F*CK YEAH: How Movies Handled a Post-9/11 World.


DOGGOS in Boots.

A BRUIN NAMED 747 was victorious after a week of frenzied online voting in what has become an international sensation: Fat Bear Week.

THE THANKSGIVING TURKEY BIZ is left guessing in the pandemic.

CRONUTT, a 7-year-old sea lion, underwent groundbreaking brain surgery to reverse his epilepsy, a condition that affects a growing number of sea mammals because of toxins in warming oceans.

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Thursday, Day 2 of the post-Van Halen era.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, October 08, 2020 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


WE FIVE were on my mind when I woke up this morning, introduced by no less than Fred Astaire.

DELTA SPIRIT virtually visits The Current.

THE FUNKIEST, Most Memorable Bass Riffs Ever: A Playlist

FONTAINES DC tease a cover of the Beach Boys' "Wouldn't It Be Nice."


JEFF TWEEDY's video for "Gwendolyn" features "cameos" from Jon Hamm, Elvis Costello, Abbi Jacobson, Courtney Barnett, Nick Offerman, and a whole bunch of other famous people. Sort of.

FLEET FOXES: Robin Pecknold talks to NME about acclaimed new album Shore, overcoming his demons and counting Post Malone
as a fan.

THURSTON MOORE talks about killer music and high order nihilism.

AC/DC talks about getting the band back together.

THE NUMBER ONES' Bonus Tracks looks at Nirvana's game-changing generational anthem "Smells Like Teen Spirit," which peaked at  No. 6 in 1992.


JURASSIC WORLD: DOMINION halts filming after positive COVID-19 tests.

TENET: Box-office experts say it should move to digital rental ASAP as some major theater chains close again.

HOWARD STERN is nearing a contract renewal with Sirius XM Holdings Inc. that would boost his pay to about 120 million a year.

DANIEL CRAIG defends the delated release date for No Time To Die.

GAME OF THRONES showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss have admitted they would do some things differently on the show. George R.R. Martin is changing Hodor's fate.

THOMAS THE TANK ENGINE, with the director of World War Z and Quantum of Solace.

BRITNEY SPEARS' conservatorship remains in dispute.

FATMAN, starring Mel Gibson as an armed Santa, has a trailer online.

THE STREAMING WARS are increasingly competitive.


DRONE OPERATORS saved an Australian former surfing champion from a potential shark attack off New South Wales.

AMERICA'S FERAL HOG PROBLEM Is Creating a 'Super-Pig' Uprising.

THE TASMANIAN DEVIL has returned to Australia.

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Eddie Van Halen and Johnny Nash, RIP.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, October 07, 2020 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


EDDIE VAN HALEN, whose razzle-dazzle guitar-playing — combining complex harmonics, innovative fingerings and ingenious devices he patented for his instrument — made him the most influential guitarist of his generation and his band, Van Halen, one of the most popular rock acts of all time, died on Tuesday. He was 65 and had a long bout with throat cancer. That's the NYT obit; Rolling Stone's has some of the key videos and a separate piece lists his Top 20 solos.  Here's the statement from his ex-wife, Valerie Bertinelli.  The tributes pour in, from Sammy Hagar to Pete Townshend to Billy Idol, to Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, to many more, collected at Pitchfork and Brooklyn Vegan.  I can't say I was a big Van Halen fan in their heyday, though I didn't dislike them; they simply weren't my genre, if you will.  And I heard them enough on the radio, which I mention to note Van Halen's cultural footprint.  Decades later, I was asked to take my nephew -- who was getting into rock and learning the guitar -- to Van Halen's 2007 reunion tour... and I knew every song in the playlist.  Most of the time, I could even recall big chunks of the lyrics.  That's how much the band has seeped into the collective unconscious, in largest part due to Eddie's incendiary and original guitar work.  Yet as many have noted and will note, for all of his talent and technique, EVH also exuded a sense of just plain fun that rivaled his frontman, David Lee Roth.  In the years since that reunion show, I came around to the take that VH was Generation X's answer to the Beach Boys: the tension between the musical genius and the doofus lyricist, the harmonies, the celebration of the California lifestyle -- it's all there (and making it obvious why DLR later had a solo hit covering "California Girls."  BONUS: This Louder piece from 2015 focusing on Van Halen's signing and debut is quite good. DOUBLE BONUS: Chuck Klosterman's ranking of VH songs will link you up to most anything you want, though I'd pick "Beautiful Girls" as one of my favorites and an example of my Beach Boys hypothesis.  TRIPLE BONUS: A nugget about EVH's unpaid cameo on Michael Jackson's "Beat It."  QUADRUPLE BONUS: VH's "Hot For Teacher" popped up during those (in)famous US Senate hearings on rock lyrics.

JOHNNY NASH, an American reggae and pop music singer-songwriter, best known in the US for the 1972 hit, “I Can See Clearly Now,” died Tuesday at his home. He was 80.

I think that's enough for today. More tomorrow, barring the unforeseen.

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Today is October 6, or so I am told.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, October 06, 2020 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE MOODY BLUES "Ride My Seesaw" in 1968 for Twofer "Tuesday Afternoon."

JIM JAMES visits with World Cafe.

BRITTANY HOWARD performs three songs for CBS This Morning.

THE KILLS share a demo of a previously unreleased song called “Raise Me."


LED ZEPPELIN: The U.S. Supreme Court won’t hear an argument that a jury should hear the recording of a song that “Stairway to Heaven” allegedly infringed.

TEN MUSICAL MOMENTS from Gilmore Girls, which just turned 20.

LINDA RONSTADT talks to NPR about the role of her Mexican-American identity in her career and what music she's been listening to lately.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Wham!'s intense impending-fatherhood lament "Everything She Wants."


DUNE is moving all the way to October 2021.

THE BATMAN will no longer hit theaters in 2021. Warner Bros. has delayed the comic book adventure and a number of other movies, including “The Flash” and “Shazam 2.”  However, "The Matrix 4" is supposedly moving up to Dec. 22, 2021.

REGAL CINEMAS owner Cineworld Group has confirmed the temporary suspension of its U.S. and U.K operations starting Thursday.

GLOW is now officially canceled due to the COVID-19 shutdown.

MEGXIT: Queen Elizabeth II had a secret plan for Harry and Meghan to live in Africa.

GUY RITCHIE will direct, write, and executive produce a TV series based on The Gentlemen.

PADDY CONSADINE will lead the cast of House of the Dragon, HBO's Game of Thrones prequel from George R.R. Martin, Ryan Condal and Miguel Sapochnik.

NICOLE KIDMAN's latest interview with the NYT has a bit about filming Eyes Wide Shut

MISSION IMPOSSIBLE 7 is back atop a train.

THE SNOOPY SHOW has a teaser online.

BEST IN SHOW: An Oral History.


FAKE 3-D PRINTED TURTLE EGGS with hidden GPS trackers might be able to expose the illegal trade of endangered turtle eggs.

THE SEAL POPULATION s booming off New England, sparking debate over whether it's an environmental success or protections have gone too far.

AN EXOTIC TICK species is found in Rhode Island for the first time.

SCIENTISTS SUCCESSFULLY EXTRACT DNA From Insects Embedded In Tree Resin. What could possibly go wrong?

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How's your Rocktober going?   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, October 05, 2020 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE JAGS: "Back of My Hand," from TOTP and the "Where Are They Now?" file.

NEW RELEASES: Paste will point you to Dawes, Bartees Strange, Drive-By Truckers, and more.

BILL'S INDIE BASEMENT has Death Valley Girls, Working Men's Club, New Order, and more.

JOE PERNICE drops an album of Barry Manilow covers.


MICK FLEETWOOD gets in on the "Dreams" craze.And there's also this.

AC/DC teased "Shot in the Dark" from that album they make.

RADIOHEAD: Kid A turned 20, with reconsideration from BuzzFeedNews and The Quietus.

THE NATIONAL's Matt berninger talks to Stereogum about going solo, Obama, 'Game Of Thrones,' and "appearing" in an erotic podcast.

LAURA JANE GRACE talks about her surprise quarantine album.


WEEKEND BOX OFFICE?  Tenet remains atop the chart with 2.7MM on a 21 percent drop. The re-release of Hocus Pocus (1993) placed with 1.9MM.  The New Mutants showed with 1MM on a 9 percent drop.

REGAL CINEMA could "temporarily" close 543 of its theaters in the US.

NO TIME TO DIE moves to April 2, Easter weekend 2021 (and was probably the final straw foor Regal).

RICK MORANIS was randomly attacked in New York City on Thursday.

MEGXIT: An explosive new biography lays bare the depth of the Royal Family's anger and frustration at Harry and Meghan's decision to quit.

HARVEY WEINSTEIN has been charged with six more counts of forcible sexual assault in Los Angeles.

CLINT EASTWOOD looks to be moving quickly to get his next movie going. 

QUIBI is in bad financial straits.

COPS has quietly resumed production, to meet international contracts.

COBRA KAI: Season 3 has a teaser online.

JEFF GOLDBLUM, SAM NEILL & LAURA DERN goof on the "chaos theory" scene from Jurassic Park.

LESS COWBELL: Christopher Walken has had enough.


A TIGER catches a ball.

THE DALLAS ZOO has adopted into their primate family a 17-year-old gorilla named Asha, who zoo officials said will be a “strong female role model for our little ones.”

DURING FAT BEAR WEEK, bears are preparing themselves for hibernation. What if we could take a long nap like that, too?

AN EMU ON THE LAM was lured back into captivity with a pear.

WASINGTON STATE OFFICIALS hunt for a colony of Murder Hornets.

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