THE WEEKEND STARTS HERE...
... with THE RASCALS! I was delighted to rediscover one of my fave clips, their cover of "Mickey's Monkey" in a medley with "Turn On Your Love Light." A second live medley includes a pair of Rascals originals, "I've Been Lonely Too Long" and "Come On Up." Plus, a copy of "It's a Beautiful Morning" has returned to the Tube, as well as "Groovin'" and "How Can I Be Sure?" Round it out with the live-instudio version of the obligatory "Good Lovin'," and the early "Ain't Gonna Eat Out My Heart Anymore" from Hullaballoo.
TYLER CHILDERS advance streams Purgatory.
RANDY NEWMAN advance streams Dark Matter.
BETH DITTO plays a short set at the Turf Club.
THE CARS share a previously unreleased studio version of "They Won't See You."
RINGO STARR & PAUL McCARTNEY reunite on “We’re On the Road Again." It also features The Eagles’ Joe Walsh, Edgar Winter, and Toto’s Steve Lukather (who co-wrote the song).
STARS share "Fluorescent Light."
KENNY ROGERS & THE FIRST EDITION: "I Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)." Yeah. Yeah. Oh, Yeah.
THE MERCURY PRIZE nominees are announced. The Guardian is unimpressed.
MICHAEL JACKSON's estate owes QUINCY JONES 9,4MM in royalties.
RIDE: Mark Gardener and Loz Colbert talk to Drowned In Sound about the band's triumphant return.
BEN GIBBARD writes about the great Teenage Fanclub.
NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases are The Emoji Movie, which was not widely screened for critics; and Atomic Blonde, currently scoring 79 percent on the ol' Tomatometer.
SUBURBICON, ft Matt Damon and Oscar Issac, has a trailer online.
JAMES BOND: French director Yann Demange is reportedly “frontrunner” to direct the recently-announced 2019 Bond film.
MADONNA and ther twin girls have accepted undisclosed damages from Associated Newspapers over a “serious invasion of privacy”.
TAXI DRIVER: Behind The Scenes.
ARRESTED REBELLION: Ron Howard narrates Star Wars.
THE SQUIRREL THREAT: Giant militant marmots rage on the highway.
THE YEAR OF THE GOAT: Strolling through the barn like Peter Lorre.
A GIANT SPIDER terrorizes a family at home.
PET TRANSLATION could happen within a decade.