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A smattering of Tuesday Things.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, March 16, 2021 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE FOUNDATIONS: "Build Me Up, Buttercup" and "Baby, Now That I Found You" are your Twofer Tuesday.

NEW RELEASES: Paste has Valerie June, harmony Woods, The Horrors, and more.

BILL'S INDIE BASEMENT has Gang of Four, Cool Ghools, Metronomy, and more.

MATT BERNINGER covers Morphine, the Velvet Underground, Bettye Swan, and Eddie Floyd on the deluxe edition of Serpentine Prison.

TEENAGE FANCLUB shares "The Sun Won't Shine one Me."

PAUL WELLER shares "Glad Times."


ADRIENNE LENKER plays "Dragon Eyes" for Fallon.

THE MOUNTAIN GOATS' John Darnielle, interviewed by Jack Antonoff.

U2 is streaming a series of classic concerts on the Tube.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Whitney Houston's grandiose old-school ballad "Didn't We Almost Have It All."


THE OSCARS nominations went to these folks. Congrats!  Plus analysis.

YAPHET KOTTO, best known for his role as technician Dennis Parker in Alien, NBC's Homicide: Life on the Street, Live and Let Die, and The Running Man, is reportedly dead at 81. Presumably this will get confirmed or debunked later today.

THE GRAMMYS' ratings hit a new record low this year.

J-LO & A-ROD: Inside their abandoned weddings.

MEGXIT: Prince Harry and Prince William Are Reportedly Texting Again After Their Year-Long Rift.

PIPPA MIDDLETON and her husband James Matthews have welcomed their second child.

THE FALCON AND THE WINTER SOLDIER drops a final trailer.

JUSTICE LEAGUE: Early reviews suggest the Snyder Cut is much improved, if not a masterpiece.

SOLEIL MOON FRYE’s first love was Charlie Sheen.


A WALRUS turns up in Ireland after it is thought to have drifted across the Atlantic after falling asleep on iceberg.

A DOGGO two-steps in the park.

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Post-Selection Monday Things.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, March 15, 2021 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


BEWARE THE IDES OF MARCH: The friendly stranger in the black sedan.

SPOON gets over three hours of discussion and analysis on Political Beats, with guest Christopher Scalia, dropping this morning.  BONUS: The band covers Tom Petty's “Breakdown” and “A Face In The Crowd.”

THE 100 BEST R.E.M. SONGS, ranked by Steven Hyden.

JULIEN BAKER offers a playlist of songs that inspired her throughout her life.

ADULT MOM's Stveie Knipe is profiled at American Songwriter.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Michael Jackson's "I Just Can't Stop Loving You," the soft and tender duet with Siedah Garrett that served as the soft launch of a blockbuster.


WEEKEND BOX OFFICE? Raya and the Last Dragon repeats atop the chart with 5.5MM on a 35 percent drop, as some of the big chains refused to show a film that's also on Disney+. Tom & Jerry places with 4.1MM on a 38 percent drop.  Chaos Walking shows with 2.3MM on a 40 percent drop.

JENNIFER LOPEZ & ALEX RODRIGUEZ have not split, despite recent reports.  However, they are going through a rough patch.

THE GRAMMYS went to these folks. Congrats!

MEGXIT: Harry & Meghan's estate had an intruder. Meanwhile, Prince Charles said to have been ‘deeply hurt’ by Harry and Meghan's interview with Oprah, but plans on contacting his youngest son in next few... weeks

TREVOR NOAH & MINKA KELLY are not officially a couple, but were spotted grabbing dinner in the drive-thru of an L.A. In-N-Out on Noah's 37th birthday.

LET A THOUSAND Film Markets Bloom.

ARE PRE-BUYS BAD for Independent Movies? "John Wick is a good, real-world example of a franchise that came into existence because it could be sold on the front end."

LOCKDOWN: The year Mike Ryan saw 397 movies.


A WHALE SHARK sought human assistance to get rid of the rope tangled on his fin.

THE URUTAU, or ghost bird, is known for its cry similar to a human wail and is rarely seen during the day.

THE ELECTRIC CATFISH cannot be shocked and scientists don't know why.

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Rockpile, and Friday Things.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, March 12, 2021 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with ROCKPILE, a band that featured old pals Nick Lowe and Dave Edmunds cranking out the rootsy pub rock. Let's start with "Teacher, Teacher" and "I Knew the Bride," along with this clip of "Heart," featuring Billy Bremner, which is odd at the start.  And here's the band rolling through Lowe's "So It Goes," and "Heart of the City," plus a cover of Elvis Costello's and "Girls Talk," which many associate more with Edmunds.

FLEET FOXES' Robin Pecknold plays World Cafe.

MIKE CAMPBELL (of the Heartbreakers) visits World Cafe.

THE CURE, Apeldoorn, Netherlands 1980.


GANG OF FOUR's Hugo Burnham talks about the band's legacy at Brooklyn Vegan.

BLACK PUMAS: Who are they, and why are they Grammys darlings?

R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe and Mike Mills talks 30 years of Out of Time.

POWER POP: Endless online debates about a beloved genre.


MEGXIT: The Queen is to extend a personal olive branch to Harry and Meghan as she takes charge of the fallout from their bombshell television interview.

MATTHEW McCONNAUGHEY says he is seriously considering a run for Texas governor.

KANYE WEST & KIM KARDASHIAN are not talking following their divorce — after the rapper changed all his phone numbers and told her she could only contact him through his security.

THE FALL OF ARMIE HAMMER: A Family Saga of Sex, Money, Drugs, and Betrayal.

THE GRAMMYS ready their pandemic show.

JUSTICE LEAGUE gets another teaser.

CLAIRE FOY & PAUL BETTANY have been cast in the lead roles of “A Very British Scandal."

THE BOYS spinoff at Amazon is nearing a series order. 

PEE-WEE HERMAN is getting an HBO doc by the Safdie Bros.


A VULTURE hitches a ride with parasailers.

A MAMA COW shows off her calf.

A "HOT PIGEON" puts NYC's flock to shame.

CHEETAH attacks Columbus Zoo employee.

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Lou Ottens RIP, and Thursday Things.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, March 11, 2021 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


WRECKLESS ERIC: The "Whole Wide World," of course. With Ian Dury on the throne.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED has a SXSW 2021 preview!

COURTNEY BARNETT, Live at the Corner Hotel, Jan. 2020.

4AD AT 40: The Breeders, Bradford Cox, Big Thief, Jenny Hval, Bing And Ruth, Future Islands, and more cover songs from the label’s storied history.

BLACK SABBATH: The Dio-era "Slapback" has surfaced.


LOU OTTENS, who is credited with not only inventing the cassette tape but also helping develop the CD, died at his home in the Netherlands village of Duizel this month. He was 94. 

TAYLOR SWIFT & PHOEBE BRIDGERS are among those featuted in the annual NYT Magazine Music Issue.

PAUL McCARTNEY appears to be teasing something with St. Vincent, Beck, Josh Homme and a number of other artists.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Los Lobos' smash version of "La Bamba," the first all-Spanish single ever to top the Billboard Hot 100.


MEGXIT: Meghan Markle made a formal complaint to ITV following Piers Morgan's incendiary comments about the duchess, the U.K.'s broadsheet newspapers have reported.

JENNIFER GARNER: The Queen of Nice, on returning to acting.

JUSTICE LEAGUE: The winding history of the Snyder Cut.

ADELE won't be cutting monthly checks to her ex-husband now that they've finally reached the end of their divorce case ... and they'll be sharing custody of their child.

BRITNEY SPEARS can file a motion to terminate her conservatorship "any time," but hasn't in the 13 years it has been in place, according to her dad's counsel.

AVATAR is getting a surprise re-release in China. 'Member when James Cameron congratulated Marvel on Endgame becoming the largest grosser ever? He does.


A PUP, dreaming with his lamb chop doll.

WORKIN' AT the Dog Wash, yeah.


SEA SLUGS that can sever their heads and regrow entirely brand-new bodies

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Wednesday Things, quickly.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, March 10, 2021 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


HARRY NILSSON: "Everybody's Talking" on Swedish TV, circa 1969.


WEEZER plays a wide variety of covers for WFUV. No Toto.

LUCY DACUS shares "Thumbs."

THE HOLD STEADY's Craig Finn and Franz Nicolay talk to InsideHook.

THE FRUIT BATS Eric Johnson is featured at American Songwriter.

ALAN CARTWRIGHT, who played bass in Procol Harum in the mid-'70s, has died at age 75.


MEGXIT: Piers Morgan has left his role as a presenter on Good Morning Britain after receiving 41000 complaints for his comments on Meghan Markle's Oprah interview.

COCAINE BEAR: Elizabeth Banks is set to direct, based on a true story.

JEFFREY WRIGHT's Gold Mine. Literally.

THE BAFTA nominations went to these folks. Congrats!

TRACY MORGAN is playing Louis Armstrong in a self-financed biopic.

STEVEN SPIELBERG is directing an auto-biopic?

KEMP POWERS: Awards Season's Most Valuable Screenwriter.

ZACH BRAFF & FLORECE PUGH putting a ring on it?

KATHRYN HAN, on WandaVision.

ROGER MUDD, the Peabody Award-winning journalist who spent a quarter-century at CBS News and NBC News and came close to becoming a No. 1 network anchorman — not that he wanted that, anyway — has died. He was 93.


BISCUIT & WAFFLES, in the sidecar.

THE LOOK of regret.

TAKING TURNS on the lead.

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