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Ric Ocasek RIP, Eddie Money, RIP   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, September 16, 2019 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


RIC OCASEK, the idiosyncratic songwriter, singer and guitarist for the Cars and producer for bands like Weezer, Bad Brains, No Doubt, and Guided by Voices to name a few, has died. He was 75 (That's right, he was as old as Roger Daltrey and Ray Davies). Rolling Stone has the obit. So let's do this. Some of The Cars' hits were sung by the late Benjamin Orr, but Ocasek wrote virtually all of them, mixing influences from the Velvet Underground to Buddy Holly to Suicide to the Ohio Express: "Good Times Roll," "Best Friend's Girl, "Just What I Needed," "Bye Bye Love," "Moving In Stereo," (Hello, Brad...) "I'm In Touch With Your World," "Don't Cha Stop," "Let's Go," "Candy-O," "The Dangerous Type," "Touch and Go," Shoo Be Doo and Gimme Some Slack," "Since You're Gone," "Shake It Up," "I'm Not The One," "You Might Think,""Hello Again," "Magic," "Drive," and "Heartbeat City." The Cars were inducted into the Rock Hall last year.

EDDIE MONEY, the prolific singer and songwriter whose songs “Baby Hold On,” “Two Tickets to Paradise,” “Shakin'” and “Take Me Home Tonight” soundtracked popular music in the 1980s, died Friday. He was 70. I'm also partial to "Gimme Some Water."

HOT CHIP, Live at First Avenue, including a cover of the Beastie Bouys' "Sabotage."

NEW RELEASES: Pitchfork will point you to albums from Jenny Hval, Alex G, Charli XCX and more.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED will point you to tracks from Thom Yorke & Flea, Jim James & Teddy Abrams, Ride, and more.

PERFUME GENIUS shares “Eye in the Wall.”

NEIL YOUNG & CRAZY HORSE share "Rainbow of Colors."


SPOON covers John Lennon's  "Isolation" for Howard Stern.

THE MOUNTAIN GOATS' John Darnielle tals about abandoning a rock opera, but retaining the fantasy on In League with Dragons.

DEVENDRA BANHART talks to Paste about how Venezuela is affecting him and his art.

LIAM GALLAGHER will invite Noel to his wedding.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Wild Cherry's deeply silly disco jam, "Play That Funky Music."


WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: It Chapter Two tops the chart with 40.7MM on a 53 percent drop, busting the 300MM mark worldwide (and the franchise past a billion). The real story of the weekend may be Hustlers placing with a strong 33MM angainst a 20MM budget, proving a solid pic for adults can still bring in a crowd, particularly with a diverse cast bringing in multiple fan followings. That said, the B- CinemaScore raises the question of whether this lands closer to Magic Mike or to Striptease. Angel Has Fallen shows with 4.4MM on a 27 percent drop; it has crossed 60MM domestic against a 40MM production budget, but it has yet to debut in foreign markets.  Good Boys takes the fourth slot with 4.3MM and over 90MM worldwide.  The Lion King rounds out the Top Five with another 3.6MM added to its giant pile of money.  If Hustlers is this weekend's good news story, The Goldfinch is its bad news story, debutingat number eight with 2.6MM against a 45MM budget. Also, with 329MM, One Upon a Time... in Hollywood has now passed Inglourious Basterds to become Quentin Tarantino's second-biggest grosser behind Django Unchained.

FELICITY HUFFMAN has been sentenced to 14 days in prison for federal crimes stemming from the massive "Varsity Blues" college entrance scam, plus a fine and community service.

ZOOEY DESCHANEL is dating Property Brothers star Jonathan Scott after splitting with husband Jacob Pechenik on Sept. 6.

ADELE has filed for a divorce from Simon Konecki.

RACHEL BLOOM (My Crazy Ex-Girlfriend) is expecting her first child, a baby girl, with husband Dan Gregor.

LINDSAY LOHAN is trolling for Chris and Liam Hemsworth.

GAME OF THRONES: A project that’s based on the history of the Targaryens nears a pilot order.

WATCHMEN: The HBO sequel series has a trailer online.

LITTLE MONSTERS, featuring Lupita Nyong’o as a zombie-killer, has a trailer online.


TATUM THE RESCUE DOG is excited on his first walk.

A CHOMP(?), in slow motion.

BOBCATS argue along the roadside.

A YAK escaped from a trailer while en route to the butcher Tuesday, crossing a freeway and vanishing into the Virginia mountains.

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T. Rex, Swervedriver, Japanese Breakfast, Capybara   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, September 13, 2019 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with T.REX! Marc Bolan died on September 17, 1977, so here's a few items off the beaten path, like this working version of "Get It On (Bang A Gong)," which is a little nsfw toward the end.  French TV is the source for live clips of "Hot Love," "Cadillac," "Telegram Sam" and "Jeepster" circa 1972, as well as "Ride A White Swan" from 1970. The band's "Baby Strange" later found its way into Big Star's setlists.  Still, "20th Century Boy" may be my favorite track from the band. Wanna go deeper? Check out the documentary, The Story Of Marc Bolan & T.Rex.

SWERVEDRIVER streams a covers EP featuring their shoegazy takes on songs by The Supremes and Gene Clark.



LUCY DACUS covers Springsteen's "Dancing in the Dark."


ALMOST FAMOUS: Elton John. "Tiny Dancer." Because.

R.E.M.: Mike Mills talks to NME about touring Monster. And the band shares the unreleased song “Fascinating” to benefit Bahamas hurricane relief.

BELLE & SEBASTIAN's Stuart Murdoch on the records that changed his life.

LLOYD COLE talks to The Aquarian. (Thx, LHB.)

THE NUMBER ONES looks at KC & The Sunshine Band's butt-centric disco jam "(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty." How was "Boogie Shoes" a B-side?

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases are Hustlers, which is currently scoring 88 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; and The Goldfinch, which is currently scoring 28 percent.

SOUTH PARK through 2022. Trey Parker and Matt Stone discuss how long they want to keep doing the show, some plans to make a (non-South Park) movie for the first time in 15 years and the rise of cancel culture.

THE MANDALORIAN: Could two fan favorites from the Star Wars Expanded Universe show up in a live-action production for the first time?

JULIA STILES can’t remember the last time she sought out and actively pursued a project, like she did with Hustlers.

DEMI MOORE talks to the New York Times about her upcoming memoir.

AMERICAN BEAUTY is getting 20th anniversary scrutiny from Uproxx and the HuffPost.

NOTHING SAYS THE WEEKEND like a capybara farting in the bath.

BROOKLYN BOROUGH PREZ defends rat traps, baby.

ADOPTING a senior dog is the best.

DAY 5. They suspect nothing.

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Daniel Johnston, RIP   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, September 12, 2019 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE LAST SHADOW PUPPETS are "Standing Next to Me."



SUPER FURRY ANIMALS' Gruff Rhys covers Kevin Ayers, Cardinal, and Jenny Sorrenti. for a Lagniappe Session.

THURSTON MOORE covers New Order's "Leave Me Alone."


BONNIE "PRINCE" BILLY shares a video for “At The Back of the Pit.”

DANIEL JOHNSTON, a singer-songwriter and visual artist whose childlike, haunted songs brought him acclaim as one of America’s most gifted outsider voices, was found dead on Wednesday morning at his home in Waller, Tex., outside Houston. He was 58.

THE BEATLES: The tape of a meeting held 50 years ago this month sheds new light on their breakup.

LOWER DENS: Jana Hunter gives Stereogum a track-by-track tour of The Competition.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at the Bee Gees' disco anthem, "You Should Be Dancing."


FELICITY HUFFMAN & LORI LAUGHLIN got some help in the college admissions scandal from the US Probation and Pretrial Services.

JENNIFER ANISTON talks about returning to TV.


BOND 25 is giving an ancient Italian town a £10m boost.

THE TOP TEN MOVIE SLACKERS, according to NME, who somehow omit Spicoli, because it wasn't the Nineties.

COMEDY IN THE '90s: The Bad Boys of Saturday Night Live.


ORPHAN KANGAROOS at the Kangaroo Sanctuary just love their milk bottles.

THE CIRCLE OF LIFE: An adorable lion cub meets his father and big sister for the first time at Denver Zoo, Colorado.

THE DOGS of 9/11.

GHOST CRABS use teeth in stomachs to 'growl' at predators.

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Lee Fields, Ian Noe, Idles, Weiner Dog   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, September 11, 2019 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THUNDERCLAP NEWMAN: Because there's "Something In The Air." It's all happening.


IAN NOE also visits World Cafe.

IDLES visits KEXP.

AMY O shares "Rest Stop."


TWIN PEAKS shares a video for "Oh Mama!"

DEVENDRA BANHART talks to The Current about Carole King, his upcoming LP, and more.

PRINCE: 1999 is getting a massive reissue with 35 bonus tracks.

THE BEATLES songs were secretly written by Neo-Marxist philosopher Theodor Adorno (according to the Brazilian president's political guru Olavo Carvalho).

ROBERT FRANK, one of the most influential photographers of the 20th century, made photographs for the cover of Exile on Main Street and has died at age 94. The Stones pay tribute.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Elton John & Kiki Dee's classic drunks-at-karaoke duet "Don't Go Breaking My Heart."


KEVIN HART is headed out of the hospital for inpatient physical therapy.

JOHNNY DEPP is cleaning up after a Native American-themed ad for Dior.

DARK SHADOWS: A sequel series is in the works.


THE MUPPETS series on Disney+ has been scrapped.

LET'S PUT A SMILE ON THAT FACE: The Evolution of Clowns in Hollywood.

9/11: The first five minutes of CNN coverage. I came out of the shower, saw the second plane hit on NBC, and knew had had to contact my boss, whose daughter lived in NYC. There is still a lot of crazy stuff going on around the country and the world as a result, so consider taking a moment to watch and remember, esp. with a new generation that has grown up with no direct memory of the event.


"DIFFICULTIES strengthen the mind as labour does the body.” - Seneca the Younger, Roman Stoic philosopher (4BC-66AD.)

A DEER photo-bombs wedding pictures, eats bride's bouquet.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: Do not be fooled by their cuteness.

THE CHEVY CHASE DOG PARK reaches its terminus.

CRABS are mistaking the chemicals released from Deepwater Horizon oil for sex hormones.

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Pernice Brothers, Craig Finn, Supergrass, Colorado Dogs   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, September 10, 2019 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE SUPREMES perform "You Keep Me Hangin' On" and "Somewhere" from West Side Story in October 1966 for Twofer Tuesday.

THE PERNICE BROTHERS are streaming Spread The Feeling.

CRAIG FINN visits World Cafe.

SUPERGRASS play their first show in nine years and covers the Police's "Next To You," a song which opened many an early Pate show.

LANA DEL REY covers Ariana Grande‘s "break up with your girlfriend, i'm bored."

SAINTSENECA shares "In a Van."


SINEAD O'CONNOR performed Prince's "Nothing Compares 2 U" and The Pogues’ "Rainy Night In Soho" on Irish TV.

TINA TURNER Is Having the Time of Her Life.

ROB STONER would like to get a few things straight about The Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story, Martin Scorsese’s fever dream blend of fact, myth, and audacious fiction.

BRITTANY HOWARD is profiled by Garden & Gun.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at the Manhattans' old-school soul breakup lament "Kiss And Say Goodbye."


GAME OF THRONES: an exclusive poll conducted by public opinion and data company YouGov shows that most viewers were satisfied with the final season.

FACE/OFF is getting remade. Why mess with the classics?

MARGOT ROBBIE's company may be remaking Tank Girl.

THE LIGHTHOUSE has a trailer online.

JOKER director Todd Phillips on how comic books are America's Shakespeare.

HAILEE STEINFELD could soon be part of the Marvel family.

PIERCE BROSNAN endorses a female James Bond.

ROSARIO DAWSON may be dating Cory Booker, but she's not endorsing him.

PINT-SIZED PERIL: NME's 10 greatest creepy-kids horror movies.

MAJOR MATT MASON is headed to the big screen, courtesy of Tom Hanks, Akiva Goldsman, and Michael Chabon.


COLORADO DOGS get a day at Water World.

AN ADORABLE PYTHON (?) is affectionate with her owner.

GOOD PEOPLE find sealed boxes of scared cats.

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