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Bangles, and Friday Things.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, April 23, 2021 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



... with THE BANGLES!  There's no better way to start than with these live takes on "Hero Takes A Fall"  and Kimberley Rew's "Goin' Down To Liverpool" for Dave in 1984. It was that sort of rawk (and the hotness of Susanna Hoffs) that got Prince to give them "Manic Monday," their first mainstream hit, from the A Different Light album, which included Jules Shear's "If She Knew What She Wants," Alex Chilton's "September Gurls," and -- inevitably -- Liam Sternberg's "Walk Like An Egyptian."  Nevertheless, their fondness for the genres of the mid-60s was still evident in their take on Simon & Garfunkel's "Hazy Shade of Winter" for the Less Than Zero soundtrack, and the psych-garage-bubblegum of "In Your Room" on the Everything album, which yielded their final No.1 hit, "Eternal Flame."  The draw from the 60s is a constant I saw them in a club, on a big stage and in a club again -- the last time was at a House of Blues, where they covered the We Five's "You Were On My Mind."  However, I'll confess that I put off featuring the band for about a bit, until the Susanna Hoffs solo cover of Bad Company's "Feel Like Makin' Love" popped back up on the Tube after an absence. That woman knows how to shake her tambourine.

SUFJAN STEVENS streams the third volume of Convocations.


SHAKEY GRAVES plays World Cafe.

WEEZER shares "I Need Some of That."

JOHN GRANT shares "Rhetorical Figure."


LES McKEOWN, known for fronting the iconic Scottish group Bay City Rollers, has died at 65.

SHOCK G, famous for Digital Underground's hit song "The Humpty Dance" and his work with Tupac Shakur, is dead.

TEENAGE FANCLUB's Norman Blake recalls his teenage years.

SUPERWOLVES: Matt Sweeney and Bonnie 'Prince' Billy talk about their 23-year friendship.


KEVIN SPACEY: From Triple Threat to Legal Challenges on Three Fronts.

JOHN TRAVOLTA recalls dancing with Princess Diana.

SCOTT RUDIN's abusive rep inspires a new task force dedicated to rooting out workplace harassment in Hollywood.

GAL GADOT's thrid child will be a daughter.

FOUR GOOD DAYS has a trailer online.

THE CONJURING: THE DEVIL MADE ME DO IT has a trailer online.

BRUTALLY HONEST OSCAR BALLOTS are probably better than the show.

THE OSCARS may get political, but they probably won't talk about Xinjiang.


A DOGGO ran onto the track during a high school relay race in Utah - and covered 100m in 10.5 seconds.

A GROUP OF RAYS, swimming.

DOLPHINS catch a wave.  I wish I could swim like dolphins can swim.

A PUPPER, rescued from a moving car.

A TURTLE survives crashing through a windshield on I-95 in Florida.

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Jon Pratt, and Thursday Things.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, April 22, 2021 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


JON PRATT: Pate's frontman returns with "Shaboom."

JULIEN BAKER visits World Cafe.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED has four Prince playlists for you.

BARTEES STRANGE covers Bon Iver's "Skinny Love."

MARAINNE FAITHFULL talks about recovering from covid and making a new LP.

KISS seems to be getting a Netflix biopic.

45 LOST ALBUMS Stereogum Wants To Hear.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Rick Astley's "Never Gonna Give You Up," the crappy hit that became a late-'00s internet phenomenon.


MEGXIT: Harry returns to Montecito with the royal family drama unresolved.

MADS MIKKELSEN takes everything and nothing seriously.

TED LASSO: Season 2 has a trailer online.

ELIZABETH OLSEN on feminism, famous sisters and finding her power.

HOW I MET YOUR FATHER is sequelizing with Hilary Duff at Hulu.

AARON RODGERS scored as Jeopardy's guest host.

NETFLIX needs a Next Big Thing.


CAT vs CANDLE: Who You Got?

A BUSH BABY enjoys a snack.

A SYNCHRONIZED JUMP, seemingly unplanned.

JURASSIC PARK would be boring IRL.

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I got handed a work thing last night, but Jim Steinman RIP.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, April 21, 2021 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


JIM STEINMAN, who wrote all the songs on “Bat Out of Hell,” Meat Loaf’s operatic, teenage-angst-filled 1977 debut album, which remains one of the most successful records of all time, died on Monday in Danbury, Conn. He was 73.  A fairly recent NYT story ostensibly about the Bat Out of Hell musical contains his credo: “If you don’t go over the top, how are you ever going to see what’s on the other side?” Rolling Stone has 10 essential Steinman songs, from Meat Loaf to Air Supply to Bonnie Tyler (because "Total Eclipse of the Heart" is a must) but they left out anything from the insane movie Streets of Fire, so I'll throw in "Nowhere Fast," which features Steinman's trademark song and a very young Diane Lane.

Like I hinted above, I was suddenly and totally swamped at work today, but I hope to be back tomorrow with more "news."

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Alrighty. Tuesday Things.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, April 20, 2021 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


YO LA TENGO are captured playing the bouncy "Mr. Tough" and "I Feel Like Going Home" at The Current.  And that. my friends, is Twofer Tuesday.


ORIONS BELTE covers Mac Miller's "2009" and Danzig's "Am I Demon" for a Lagniappe Session.

THE MOUNTAIN GOATS share "Mobile."

MORRISSEY is upset with The Simpsons.

PAUL WELLER will never support Spotify because of its payment model for artists.

BON IVER guests on a podcast about collecting your revenue streams.

BOB DYLAN biographers Howard Sounes and Clinton Heylin are having a beef.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at George Michael's whispery, fragile, "Father Figure."


SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS has a trailer online. (btw, the Ten Rings are all over the MCU, hiding in the background.)

VIN DIESEL wants to turn Mattel's Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em into a franchise.

THE OSCARS won't require masks.

QUEEN ELIZABETH II will mark a subdued 95th birthday tomorrow following the death of Prince Philip.

FURIOSA will be the “the largest film ever to be filmed” in Australia.

DOWNTON ABBEY is headed to the big screen again.

KIM KARDASHIAN  is earning the title of “most eligible billionaire bachelorette” following her split from Kanye West.

MARIEL HEMINGWAY admits that Woody Allen's Manhattan could not be released today.

STAR WAGGONS: Ever wonder where Hollywood's trailers came from?


DOG v GOPHER: Who You Got?

BIG STEPS, little pupper.

POLAR BEARS are mating with grizzlies to become 'Pizzly Bears.'

OTTERS are recovering from covid at the Georgia Aquarium.

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Helen McCrory and Mike Mitchell RIP, plus Monday Things.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, April 19, 2021 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


STEELY DAN turn in a spirited "Reelin' in the Years" on the Midnight Special.  Fagen reportedly hated this performance, which appears in Almost Famous.

NEW RELEASES: Paste will point you to Paul McCartney, Andy Stott, The Armed, and more.

BILL'S INDIE BASEMENT has Cory Hanson, The Caternary Wires, and remixes galore.

THE VINTAGE CARAVAN streams Monuments.

THE CORAL shares "Vacancy."

ISLANDS return with "Set the Fairlight."

MIKE MITCHELL, lead guitarist for the Kingsmen for more than six decades, died Friday on his 77th birthday, according to a publicist for the group.

DRY CLEANING is profiled by Pitchfork.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at the great Latin freestyle group Exposé's trajectory-altering hit ballad "Seasons Change."


WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Godzilla vs. Kong threepeats atop the chart with 7.7MM on a 44 percent dropNobody places with 2.5MM on a one percent drop.  The Unholy shows with 2MM on a 14 percent drop.  Next week: Mortal Kombat.

HELEN McCRORY, the accomplished and versatile British stage and screen actress who played Narcissa Malfoy in three Harry Potter films and the matriarch Polly Gray on the BBC series “Peaky Blinders,” in addition to earning critical plaudits for her stage work, has died at her home in north London. She was 52.  Her husband, Damian Lewis, wrote a lovely tribute.

STEVEN SODERBERGH is going to try to save the Oscars. Good luck with that. 

THE LORD OF THE RINGS: Amazon will spend roughly 465 million in U.S. dollars — for just the first season of the show.

MATTHEW McCONNAUGHEY commands more support to be Texas' next governor than incumbent Greg Abbott, according to a poll released Sunday by The Dallas Morning News and the University of Texas at Tyler.

GWENYTH PALTROW & COURTNEY LOVE's psychiatrist had his license revoked.

ALFRED MOLINA, a/k/a Doc Ock, has a Spider-spoiler.


THE SHEEP is a metaphor for everything.

A DOGGO does a trust fall.

A FAMILY OF FOXES frame a pastor for shoe theft.

HALF MONKEY, HALF HUMAN EMBRYOS: What could go wrong, Bright Eyes?

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