MARK E. SMITH, lead singer and main force behind prolific post-punk band The Fall, has died, according to a statement from the band. He was 60, and kept swinging to the end. Here's his final interview. The NYT obit is really 12 essential tracks. In 2015, Stereogum ranked The Fall's already voluminous catalog. That same year, the BBC charted all of Smith's multitudinous bandmates (The Guardian tried to track them all down in 2005, but there have been many since). Here are some of the many tributes from other musicians. And here he is sportscasting.
GEORGE CLINTON & THE P-FUNK ALL-STARS play a Tiny Desk Concert.
TORI AMOS visited World Cafe.
PETER CASE played Daytrotter (from 10/17, but it popped up on my radar and is new to me).
DEERHOOF covers Madonna's "Live To Tell."
JOHN HIATT: It's been a "Slow Turning."
ELTON JOHN announced a three-year long farewell tour.
CHARLOTTE GAINSBOROURG talks to Aquarium Drunkard about her new LP and her directorial debut.
WHY SHOEGAZE defied the odds to leave a musical legacy that continues today.
38 ESSENTIAL 80s SONGS about nuclear anxiety.
JAMES FRANCO continues to struggle after several women accused him of sexually inappropriate behavior.
MICHAEL SHANNON talks to GQ about the impossible task of negotiating with a doomsday prophet, Harvey Weinstein, and the time he yelled at Ethan Coen.
MERYL STREEP is joining Big Little Lies.
PACIFIC RIM UPRISING has a new trailer online.
JON HAMM talks to Uproxx about the movie biz.
THE DARK UNIVERSE franchise has been struck another blow, with the planned Invisible Man movie losing its writer.
GRANDMA THE CLOWN has resigned from the world-renowned Big Apple Circus after it was revealed that he pressured a 16-year-old aerialist into posing for pornographic photos in 2004.
CINNAMON, the fire-breathing alpaca.
ARE THOSE STOLEN EXOTIC FISH in your pants, or...oh.
A PITBULL is sprung from police custody after 18 months.
SCIENTISTS CLONE MONKEYS: I'm sure it's fine.