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Mid-week already.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, November 17, 2021 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


MARTI JONES & TIM LEE (The Windbreakers) cover The dB's classic, "Neverland." With Beatle Bob cameo.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED features Big Thief, Pinegrove, Maia Friedman and more.

SUSTO plays World Cafe.

AEON STATION shares "Fade."

DURAN DURAN: Simon Le Bon talks about Bond themes and Pavarotti and side projects and more.

THE TOP 10 DAVE GROHL SONGS, ranked by Paste.

THE TOP 75 ALBUMS of 2021, according to MOJO.

HOW AL STEWART met the Beatles.


SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME has a trailer online.

HARRY POTTER: The cast is reuniting to ring in 2022 on HBOMax.

GHOSTBUSTERS: The surviving cast reunited on the Tonight Show.

JAMES BOND: Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, who have had a hand in every script this century, know that No Time to Die's secret weapon in Ana de Armas (and Phoebe Waller-Bridge, most likely).

DON'T LOOK UP, with Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence, has a trailer online.

BABY YODA is in Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade.

SHANG-CHI, fact-checked by a bus driver.

WHAT'S IN THE BOX?: The Terrifying Truth of ‘Se7en'.


THE MASSIVE FUNNEL WEB SPIDER has fangs capable of piercing human fingernails.

A ZEBRA, breaking in.

A CAT, thinking outside the box.

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Tuesday, and Monday wasn't as bad as I feared.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, November 16, 2021 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE SMITHEREENS: Pat DiNizio sings "In a Lonely Place" with Suzanne Vega and "Blue Period" with Belinda Carlisle. A duo of duets for Twofer Tuesday.

FLEETWOOD MAC: The Buckingham-Nicks era gets over three hours of discussion and anaysis with guest Charles C. W. Cooke.


COURTNEY BARNETT performed "Write A List Of Things To Look Forward To" for Ellen.

ADELE sang "I Drink Wine" after her interview with Oprah.


MY MORNING JACKET, on longevity, their new self-titled album and the breakup that wasn't.

THE BUSH TETRAS talk to Stereogum about  a new box set and the future.

THE CHARLATANS: How we made "The Only One I Know." And yet no mention of Deep Purple's "Hush."

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Gloria Estefan's gospel-tinged ballad "Coming Out Of The Dark," which she recorded while recovering from a fractured spine.


STAR WARS: Both Patty Jenkins' and Rian Johnson's plannedprojects have reportedly been shelved due to recurring "creative differences" with Lucasfilm.

JAMES BOND: Saving global theater chains.

MARILYN MANSON  is now accused of locking women in a small, soundproof space.

KRISTEN STEWART is profiled at The New Yorker.

KIRSTEN DUNST has expressed interest in returning to the Spider-Man universe as Mary Jane Watson.

BLACK PANTHER: T'Challa will not be recast.

YOUNG VIEWERS are far likelier than older viewers to use subtitles when watching TV.

DOWNTON ABBEY: A NEW ERA has a trailer online.


A BEAR visited a 7-Eleven in Lake Tahoe.

SNEAKING IN when you're too late for dinner.

WHY ARE DETROIT COPS Killing So Many Dogs?

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It's been snowing already.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, November 15, 2021 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


IKE & TINA TURNER: "River Deep, Mountain High," live and de-Spectorized.

NEW RELEASES: Paste wil point you to Courtney Barnett, IDLES, Silk Sonic, and more.

BILL'S INDIE BASEMENT has Robin Guthrie, Damon Albarn, Endless Boogie, and more.

UNDER THE THUNDER that opens Led Zeppelin's "When the Levee Breaks."

ROGERY DALTREY dumps on the Stones.

THE FLAMING LIPS are doing an album of Nick Cave covers with a 14-year-old singer, because obvsly.

LENNY KAYE: "Boom! I saw the Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show and everything changed."

THE NUMBER ONES looks at "One More Try," the heartbroken DIY synth ballad that randomly took shy Frenso kid Timmy T to the top of the charts.


WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: The Eternals repeats atop the chart with 27.5MM on a 61 percent drop, toward the higher end of projections, but not an implosion.  Clifford the Big Red Dog places with 16.3MM, exceeding expectations for the troubled project.  Dune shows with 5.5MM on a 29 percent drop and I'd wager the studio would like to push it across the 100MM mark in theaters dmestically.

BRITNEY SPEARS: A Los Angeles judge ruled Friday that the conservatorship that has overseen the pop star’s life and finances for nearly 14 years should be terminated immediately.


RED NOTICE became the most-watched film ever on Netflix in its opening day, which may say more about star power than script.

CHRIS DAUGHTRY's daughter is a homicide victim.

QUEEN ELIZABETH II has sprained her back.

RIDLEY SCOTT can't stop, won't stop.


PR for Possums.

BEES scream when Murder Hornets attack.

SNOW LEOPARDS die of Covid in Nebraska.

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The Paisley Underground. And Friday.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, November 12, 2021 - 08:00 AM
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...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 piece on the Rain Parade and other Paisley Underground bands.

HOUNDMOUTH plays World Cafe.


KNOW HOW THE BEATLES ENDED? Peter Jackson May Change Your Mind.

LINDSEY BUCKINGHAM Reviews His Albums With And Without Fleetwood Mac.

ADELE delves into her divorce album.

GRAEME EDGE, the drummer, co-founder, and sole constant member of the English art-rock band the Moody Blues, has died at 80.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Mariah Carey's funky dance-pop jam "Someday."


PAUL RUDD is People magazine's Sexiest Man Alive.  Sorry, Cap.

ROCKY IV now nas an "Ultimate Director's Cut" and a 90-minute documentary about its making. The latter is free on YouTube.

ROAD HOUSE is getting a remake?

PAUL THOMAS ANDERSON on "Licorice Pizza": "I still haven't quite figured out how to talk about it yet."

THE ETERNALS: Jack Kirby Runs Into the MCU Buzzsaw.

SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME will be "brutal," according to Tom Holland.

AARON SORKIN defends "Being The Ricardos."

JIM CUMMINGS: The writer-director-star who creates people we hate ourselves for loving.

TOM HANKS revealed the three of his films that he has enjoyed working on the most.



DOGS & CATS, living together...

PARROTS, in slo-mo.

A PUPPY who thinks he's a bunny.

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And the iron boats go as the mariners all know.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, November 10, 2021 - 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. This is the 45th 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.)


THE FEELIES played their first shows since 2019 in Woodstock and Jersey City.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED features Jónsi, Julie Doiron, David Keenan, and more.

SNAIL MAIL plays "Valentine" for Colbert.

MITSKI shares "The Only Heartbreaker."

LOS LOBOS: Steve Berlin visits the Transmissions podcast.


ABBA: An Introduction for The Kids.

SUSANNA HOFFS talks to Stereogum about all the things.

JOHN ANDREWS & THE YAWNS: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview.

THE BEVIS FROND: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview.


DEAN STOCKWELL, who began his seven-decade acting career as a child in the 1940s, starred in the science fiction TV series “Quantum Leap,” and had career-defining roles, including in “Paris, Texas,” “Dune,” “Blue Velvet” and “Married to the Mob,” died on Sunday at his home. He was 85.  He was also great in the "Battlestar Galactica" reboot, though it's always going to be this turn in "Blue Velvet," isn't it?

RYAN REYNOLDS talks about marriage.

WILL SMITH dishes about his ealy days with Jada Pinkett.

YELLOWSTONE: The biggest thing on Cable since "The Walking Dead."

SQUID GAME gets a second season.

PETER JACKSON sold Weta Digital, his visal effects studio, for 1.625 Billion.

VETERANS' DAY: Tomorrow 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.


THE LOOK of Betrayal.

THE BIRDS, on a Dutch fishing boat.

DOGS & CATS, living together...

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