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New Releases, Indie Basement, Raphael Saadiq, Pupper   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, November 04, 2019 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE BOOMTOWN RATS: "I Don't Like Mondays," live at the Secret Policemen's Other Ball.

NEW RELEASES: Paste will point you to releases from Earl Sweatshirt, Miranda Lambert, Sean Henry, and more.

INDIE BASEMENT will point you to releasesfrom new albums from Bradford Cox & Cate Le Bon, Omni and more.

RAPHAEL SAADIQ plays a Tiny Desk Concert.

OLIVIA COLEMAN & PHOEBE WALLER-BRIDGE cover Portishead's "Glory Box" for charity.

LUCY DACUS does an angry version of Wham!'s "Last Christmas."


ROBYN HITCHCOCK shares a video for "Sunday Never Comes."

R.E.M: Peter Buck talks about nine songs that influenced Monster.  Michael Stpe and Mile Mills chat with NME.  And the demos are online now, along with live tracks from Chicago.

DEREK SMALLS of Spinal Tap talks about his upcoming show in L.A., the British Fund for Ageing Rockers, and the scam that is the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame.


THE 30 BEST POP ALBUMS of the 2010s, according to Paste.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Fleetwood Mac's incandescent pop classic "Dreams."


WEEKEND BOX OFFICE:  Terminator: Dark Fate tops the chart with 29MM, which is below the lowest projections last week and the lowest No. 1 debut in November since Ender's Game in 2013.  It made about the same amount overseas, again well below the 40-50MM many projected.  This is afilm that probably had to make almost 500MM to break even. Ouch.  Ouch.  Ouch.  Joker places with 13.9MM and will break 300MM domestic this week.  Maleficent: Mistress of Evil shows with 12.2MM.  Harriet debuts in the fourth slot with 12MM and could leap ahead once the estimates become actuals.  The Addams Family rode the Hollywood weekened to round out the Top Five with another8.5MM.

THE BEE GEES will be getting the biopic treatment  from Bohemian Rhapsody producer Graham King.

MICHAEL JACKSON again tops the latest Forbes list of top-earning dead celebs.

LORI LAUGHLIN says she's not guilty of new charges in the Varsity Blues scandal.

CARY ELWES talks about Saw on its 15th anniversary.

LADY GAGA & RIDLEY SCOTT are teaming up on a film about the tumultuous Gucci family fashion dynasty and the murder of the grandson of founder Guccio Gucci.

ANT-MAN 3: Peyton Reed will return to direct.

HUNTERS, ft Al Pacino and Jordan Peel tracking Nazis, has a teaser trailer online.

INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE announced a sequel date.

BRIAN TARANTINA (The Marvelous Mrs Maiselhas died at 60, apparently from a heart issue.


A PUPPER goes down the stairs with style

UNLIKE CARNIVORES who get sodium from meat, butterflies have to find other sources—like turtle tears.

SURPRISE dictates I leave it there.

TENTACLE DRONES: Not an animal, but freaky.

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In another dimension, with voyeuristic intention   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, October 31, 2019 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...STREAMING FROM THE CASTLE EAST! This fan-made 1973 video for "The Monster Mash" is today's must-see clip (natch. The covers by Bootsy Collins and BucketheadThe Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band and The Misfits are pretty good also -- the latter uses clips from the Rankin-Bass animated classic, Mad Monster Party.

THE SHAGGS: It's Halloween!

JIM CARROLL (deceased) sings about "People Who Died."

KISS got their first television exposure in 1976 on The Paul Lynde Halloween Special.

"DO THEY KNOW IT'S HALLOWEEN?" is the all-star charity send-up of Band-Aid's "Do They Know It's Christmas?" featuring Roky Erikson, Elvira, plus members from Arcade Fire, Sonic Youth, Smoosh, Rilo Kiley, Sparks and many more.

TRICK OR TREAT, VOL. 9: A Vintage Halloween Mixtape.

HALLOWEEN A/V: The Talking Heads' "Psycho Killer," Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Bad Moon Rising," Echo & the Bunnymen's "The Killing Moon,"  Santana's "Black Magic Woman", The Ramones' "Pet Sematary," Alice Cooper's "Welcome to My Nightmare," Siouxsie & the Banshees' "Halloween," Cat Power's "Werewolf," Guided by Voices' "Cut-Out Witch,"  Classics IV's "Spooky," Tegan & Sara's "Walking With a Ghost," Stevie Wonder's "Superstition," Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds' "Red Right Hand," AC/DC's "Hell's Bells," The Cramps' "Goo Goo Muck," Blue Oyster Cult's "Don't Fear The Reaper (More Cowbell)," Tom Waits' "Cemetery Polka," The Edgar Winter Group's "Frankenstein," and Oingo Boingo's "Dead Man's Party."  And, of course... Screamin' Jay Hawkins.

THE ROLLING STONES' "Sympathy For The Devil" from the David Frost Show just plain amuses me. Monty Python makes much more sense when you know most of them once wrote for Frost.

WARREN ZEVON: A live trifecta of "Werewolves of London," "Excitable Boy" and "Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner." BONUS: "Werewolves of London," by James Joyce.

THOMAS DOLBY: How about the mad vibe of "She Blinded Me With Science"?

HENRI MANCINI: "Experiment in Terror." A sentimental favorite to those who grew up watching "Creature Features" on WGN before it went superstation.

THE TIME WARP: Let's do it again.

NOW SHOWING:This weekend's wide releases are Terminator: Dark Fate, which is currently scoring 66 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; Harriet, scoring 70 percent; Motherless Brooklyn, scoring 65 percent; and Arctic Dogs, not screened for critics.  Plus, there's Martin Scorsese's The Irishman, in limited release on the big screen before coming to Netflix on Nov. 27; it's scoring 98 percent.

AND NOW: A Sophisticated Man About Town. Super-duper.

GRIM GRINNING GHOSTS, from the Haunted Mansion.

"THRILLER": The original 13-minute Jacko classic, plus the filipino prisoners.

IT'S THE GREAT PUMPKIN, CHARLIE BROWN is viewable online. The WaPo has 7 Things You Don't Know about the perennial Peanuts classic. Vox thinks it's a Christmas special.

15 FACTS ABOUT HALLOWEEN: I counted more than that.  AND FIVE THINGS you may not know about Halloween.

THE TOP 10 SCI-FI HORROR FLICKS, according to Forbes.

THE 25 SCARIEST OPENING SCENES in horror-movie history, according to The A/V Club.

WE THE PEOPLE, against the zombies.

DOCUMENTING MADNESS: The Making of The Shining. Directed by Vivian Kubrick.

IS FROZEN Disney's version of The Shining?

THE HORRIBLY SLOW MURDERER With the Extremely Inefficient Weapon. Ten minutes of unimaginable terror.

13 MUSICIANS recount paranormal experiences.

WAR of the WORLDS: All these decades years later, you can stream the infamous Orson Welles broadcast from the Internet Archive.

THE WILHELM SCREAM: The repeatedly used film and television stock sound effect first used in 1951 for the film Distant Drums, now appearing as an in-joke in many films, is the subject of a Masters of Horror segment.



HALLOWEEN: A Foodie History.

THE WEEKLY SUBSTANDARD Halloween Candy Draft is a classic.  (NSFW content included)


DIED IN HOUSE: They're Heeeeeerrrrrrreeeeee...

THE 13 BEST HORROR scores of the 2010s, according to Stereogum.

TEN KILLER TRACKS associated with horror movies, courtesy of NME.


THE 100 BEST HORROR FILMS, compiled by TimeOut with assistance from filmmakers like Guillermo del Toro, Clive Barker and Roger Corman to actors, academics and fans of scary movies including Simon Pegg, Kim Newman and Alice Cooper.

THE 100 GREATEST HORROR FILMS, according to IndieWire.

THE 25 BEST HORROR FILMS SINCE 2000, according to The A.V. Club.


THE TOP 10 HORROR MOVIES YOU HAVEN'T SEEN, according to the UAB Kaleidescope.

THE 15 SCARIEST FILMS YOU'VE NEVER SEEN, according to Variety, though I've seen Alice Sweet Alice.


THE 20 ESSENTIAL VAMPIRE MOVIES, according to Flavorwire.

23 UNUSUAL VAMPIRE VARIATIONS, courtesy of The A.V. Club.

THE 25 MOST RIDICULOUS Movies "Of The Dead."


END CAT: Jake receives transmissions from the future.




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XPN Fest, Waterboys, Ranky Tanky, REM, Raccoon   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, October 30, 2019 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


MARSHALL CRENSHAW played "Someday, Someway" for his network TV debut in 1982.

XPN FEST: See Dawes, St. Paul & the Broken Bones, Kathleen Edwards, The War and Treaty, Guster and more in a video playlist.

THE WATERBOYS, Live at Rockwood Music Hall, including a cover of the Rolling Stones' "Dead Flowers."

RANKY TANKY visits the World Cafe.

STEF CHURA covers Silver Jews' "How to Rent a Room".


R.E.M. has an A/B boss comparison of two mixes of Monster.  You'll need Spotify or Apple Music for the full tracks on Nov 1 tho.

MIKAL CRONIN talks to Paste about being inspired by a real-life disaster.

TRENT REZNOR has changed his mind about the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

HOW THOM YORKE Learned to Stop Worrying and (Mostly) Love Rock Stardom.

BAT FOR LASHES: The Dark Side.


STAR WARS SETBACK: Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have dtched much-publicized deal with Lucasfilm to launch a feature film trilogy in 2022.

GAME OF THRONES SETBACK: The prequel written by Jane Goldman and starring Naomi Watts is no longer happening.

THE OTHER GAME OF THRONES PREQUEL, House of the Dragon, has been ordered to series, however.

HBO MAX will release new episodes on a weekly basis rather than release entire seasons at once like Netflix and Amazon.

RACHEL WEISZ has been cast as Elizabeth Taylor in the upcoming biopic A Special Relationship.

ROBERT EVANS: The late producer's best lines from The Kid Stays In The Picture.

KNIVES OUT has a final trailer online.


A RACCOON takes what seems like its first car trip.

RELEASING A BEAUTIFUL EAGLE after it was treated and recovered from its injuries.

A VETERAN saves a dog in an Afghanistan war zone, sneaks him home to safety.

AUSTRALIAN WATER RATS have learned to eat invasive poisonous toads with 'surgical precision.'

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Phoebe Bridgers, Of Monsters and Men, Grace Potter, Classified K-9   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, October 29, 2019 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


BOTH SIDES NOW: Joni Mitchell performs her 1968 song in 1970 and in 2000, for a reflective Twofer Tuesday.

PHOEBE BRIDGERS debuted three new songs in L.A.


GRACE POTTER visits World Cafe Live.

TAME IMPALA returns with "It Might Be Time."


BLOOD ORANGE has shared a new video for “Dark & Handsome.”

PRINCE: Director Albert Magnoli describes working with Prince and making 'Purple Rain.'

THE NATIONAL discusses their scor for Cyrano, a play starring Pete Dinklage.

FIRST REVILED, NOW REVERED: The Historic Albums Of 1969.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Stevie Wonder's "Sir Duke," an ebullient salute to big band greats.


ROBERT EVANS, the Paramount executive who produced films including “Rosemary’s Baby,” “Romeo and Juliet,” “Goodbye, Columbus,” “Love Story,” “The Godfather” films, "Chinatown" and "Urban Cowboy," and whose life became as melodramatic and jaw-dropping as any of his films, died on Saturday night. He was 89.

DAVID LYNCH received an honorary Academy Award at this year's Governors Awards ceremony.

ONE UPON A TIME... IN HOLLYWOOD: Entertainment Weekly has a deleted scene with Timothy Olyphant, the late Luke Perry, and young actress Julia Butters.

BEN AFFLECK is dating musician Katie Cherry.

THE MANDALORIAN contains a dramatic “Star Wars”-universe spoiler in the first episode. (NYT buried the lede there.) Here's the new trailer.

DRACULA, from the creators of Sherlock, has a teaser trailer online.


THE K-9 who helped capture and kill Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is rumored to be named Conan (after O'Brien, not the Barbarian).

SEAL TEAM SIX, but with three real seals.

THE ONLY AMBULANCE I want picking me up.

A GREAT WHITE SHARK tagged off Key West weighed over a tonWhat say you, Police Chief Brody?

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Monday, October 28, 2019 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


SHARON JONES and the DAP-KINGS:  The video for "100 Days, 100 Nights" was directed by Adam Elias Buncher, who achieved the old skool look using two vintage TV cameras bought on eBay for 50 dollars each.

NEW RELEASES: Pitchfork will point you to Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Sunn O))), King Princess,and more. Oh, and Kanye West.

INDIE BASEMENT wil point you to reeleases from Sean O'Hagan (High Llamas), and Mikal Cronin, The Gonks, and more.

BIG THIEF plays CBS This Morning.

R.E.M. shares the previously unreleased demo, “Uptempo Mo Distortion.

THE COWSILLS cover Mister Rogers' “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” And it's fan-tastic.


GALANTIS & DOLLY PARTON have released a video called "Faith."

INSIDE PRINCE'S ARCHIVE: Comic strips, goofy snaps and mirror selfies.

KURT COBAIN's cardigan raises a record 334K at auction.

PAUL BARRERE, the longtime guitarist and singer of Little Feat, died on Saturday at UCLA hospital. He was 71.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Leo Sayer's Leonard Cohen-biting white soul ballad, "When I Need You."


WEEKEND BOX OFFICE:  Joker remains atop the chart with another 18.9MM, becoming the biggest-ever  R-rated movie world wide, with the sort of legs raising the question of whether it will be in the Best Picture discussion, or muscled out by the big contenders coming as we head into year's end (the beginning of which seems to creem further up each year).  Maleficent: Mistress of Evil places with 18.5MM on a 50 percent slide, which likely means it's a dud if not a huge dud.  The Addams Family shows with 11.7MM, down only 28 percent as Halloween approaches.  Zombieland: Double Tap takes the fourth spot with 11.6MM, down 57 percent from its lackluster opening frame, meaning it likely won't match the original in theaters.  Countdown rounds out the Top Five with 9MM, which is probably fine against a 6.5MM budget heading into the holiday.

BEN AFFLECK had a sobriety setback.

FELICITY HUFFMAN was sprung from prison after 11 days; she's now the hot TV interview.

JANE FONDA recorded her BAFTA acceptance speech while being arrested.

WHEN POP ICONOGRAPHY turns political.

RYAN REYNOLDS congratulates the success of Joker as only former R-rated champ Deadpool could.

HOW ELIZABETH BANKS took control of her career.


THIS BLIND DOG has a guide dog.

HUMMINGBIRDS, up close and personal.

CAT AND BIRD, having an argument.


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