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Oh yeah, winter is here now. Cindy Morgan and David Soul RIP.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, January 08, 2024 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


SMOKEY ROBINSON & THE MIRACLES: "Tears of a Clown." Originally released in 1967, but it didn't become a hit until 1970. Sometimes, a hit takes time.

NEW RELEASES: Pitchfork will point you to Sprints, Pile, and more.

BILL'S INDIE BASEMENT's Most Anticipated Albums of 2024.

PATTERSON HOOD, PETER BUCK & SCOTT McCAUGHEY cover Drivin N Cryin's "Let's Go Dancing."

PAUL WELLER thinks younger artists don’t release enough music.

SLEATER-KINNEY talk about their grief-stricken new album.

DEL PALMER, the long-time bass player and former romantic partner of Kate Bush, has died at the age of 71.


WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Wonka was back atop the chart with 14.4MM on a 36 percent drop. Night Swim placed with 12MM.  Aquaman 2 showed with 10.6MM on a 54 percent drop.  Overall box office was down 18 percent over the opening weekend of 2023.  Below the fold, note that Anyone But You rose 9 percent and Iron Claw dropped a mere 2 percent, so some movies are inding an audience.

THE GOLDEN GLOBES went to these folks.  Congrats!

SEAN PENN saved Variety's red carpet maven Marc Malkin - after the Golden Globes pre-show host found himself stranded on the way back from the Palm Springs Film Festival over the weekend.

CHRISTOPHER NOLAN's Peloton instructor was not a fan of Tenet, but loved Oppenheimer.

NIGEL LYTHGOE is stepping down as a judge on “So You Think You Can Dance,” after two lawsuits accused him of sexual assault.

JODIE FOSTER: Gen Z Can Be "Really Annoying To Work With." And much more.

WILLEM DAFOE, on art, yoga - and his alpacas.

KATE HUDSON finds it “hard to get male movie stars to make rom-coms.”

GET READY to hear more about "pre-internet" times.

CHRISTIAN OLIVER, who starred in films including Speed Racer and Valkyrie among others, was killed Thursday along with his two young daughters when their small plane crashed into the sea off a Caribbean island. Oliver was 51.

DAVID SOUL, the doleful-eyed blond actor and singer who rose to fame portraying half of a cagey crime-fighting duo on the hit 1970s television show “Starsky & Hutch,” and who also scored a No. 1 hit single in 1977 with “Don’t Give Up on Us,” died on Thursday. He was 80.

CINDY MORGAN, the actor best known for playing Lacey Underall in "Caddyshack" and Lora/Yori in Disney's original "Tron" film, has died. She was 69.


CATS & DOGS, living together...

MANGALICA PIG is a Hungarian breed of pig with a woolly coat that makes it look just like a sheep.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT comes to Wake Forest.

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Your Precious Echo, etc.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, January 05, 2024 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with ECHO and the BUNNYMEN!  Live at the Royal Albert Hall, circa July 1983.  Your setlist includes: "Going Up," "With a Hip," "All That Jazz," "All My Colours (Zimbo)," "Silver," "Simple Stuff," "The Cutter," "The Killing Moon," "Rescue," "Never Stop,""Over The Wall," "Crocodiles," and "Do It Clean."


ALVVAYS plays a Tiny Desk Concert.

MARY TIMONY returns with "The Guest."

ROBERT POLLARD: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview.

NICK CAVE's New Year's Resolution.

TURNSTILE's Brendan Yates gives an in-depth interview to Anti-Matter.

KASABIAN talk about the "heavy hitters" of their next record.

"MACK THE KNIFE," and other songs entering the public domain.


MADONNA's fans have defended the star from “ageist” trolls who incorrectly mocked her for using a support beam at a live show.

CHRISTOPHER NOLAN's Peloton instructor slammed one of his movies during a workout. And someone found the video.

SOFIA COPPOLA, on baring Elvis' ugly side in Priscilla.

JACOB ELORDI loved his gozo scenes in Saltburn.

FLORENCE PUGH was reportedly not Marvel's first choice to play Yelena Belova in Black Widow.

"DON'T YOU LIE FOR A LIVING?": Margot Robbie, Emma Stone and THR's Actress Roundtable.

THE SAFDIE BROTHERS: With major acting roles in Christopher Nolan's atomic bomb epic "Oppenheimer," Kelly Fremon Craig's coming-of-age dramedy "Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret" and Showtime's "The Curse," which he co-created with Nathan Fielder - Benny is going solo. With "The Rock."

GLYNIS JOHNS, the British actress who in a trans-Atlantic career that endured for more than 60 years won a Tony Award for her role in “A Little Night Music,” giving husky, emotion-rich voice to the show’s most memorable number, “Send In the Clowns,” and played an exuberant Edwardian suffragist in the Disney movie classic “Mary Poppins,” died on Thursday in Los Angeles. She was 100.


A PELICAN... Denied!

A MAN AND HIS DOG rescue a dog from an icy reservoir.

A DALMATIAN PUP watches you-know-what.

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Always something. But you knew that.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, January 04, 2024 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


BUFFALO SPRINGFIELD play "For What It's Worth."

PETER JESPERSON, co-founder of Twin/Tone Records, visits World Cafe to talk about his career, from spotting the brilliance of The Replacements to possibly being let go from R.E.M. for being "too nice."

MY MORNING JACKET's Jim James talks about their new holiday album.

RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE will not be playing live again.

PAUL WELLER, on refusing to become a heritage act.

T.I. & "TINY" HARRIS are sued for sexual assault again.

LES McCANN, oft-sampled soul-jazz musician, has passed at 88.


THE FIRST OMEN has a teaser trailer online.

MARGOT ROBBIE and her production empire.

RYAN GOSLING, on why playing a little plastic man was so challenging, and so much fun.

BRITNEY SPEARS denies she's returning to the music biz.

SIENNA MILLER’s second baby has arrived.

HISTORICAL EPICS are back in style.

HERMAN RAUCHER, the best-selling author and screenwriter who earned an Oscar nomination for the coming-of-age classic Summer of ’42 and wrote the script for the thought-provoking Watermelon Man, has died. He was 95.


A SWAN COUPLE, reunited.

TWO BALD EAGLES perform the Daredevil Cartwheel.

CATS & DOGS, living together...

A PUPPER, living his best life.

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Still a bit of a "news" drought, tbqh.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, January 03, 2024 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


LOVE TRACTOR plows through "Paint" and "Fun To Be Happy" in Athens, GA, circa 1983, for an instrumental Twofer Tuesday.

BOB DYLAN: Highway 49 Revisited.

THE LEMON TWIGS share "My Golden Years." Hitting their stride now.

CHARLEY CROCKETT & WILLIE NELSON share “That’s What Makes the World Go Around.”

SPIDER STACY joined THE MARY WALLOPERS to cover The Pogues "Streams Of Whiskey."

WIZZO joined BILLY CORGAN on NYE in Chicago.

GUIDED BY VOICES Albums and Songs, ranked by MAGNET.


HEART played their first live shows together in almost half a decade around and on New Years Eve.


ALL-AMERICAN GIRL contestants follow Paula Abdul in suing Nigel Lythgoe for sexual msconduct.

UNIVERSAL ranked as the highest-grossing studio at the 2023 box office, dethroning Disney for the first time since 2014.

JACK BLACK will star in a Minecraft movie.

STEVEN YEUN will not be suiting up for Thunderbolts, the antihero-centric feature in the works from Marvel Studios.

JOHN MAYER, in a Japanese cat bar on NYE, icymi.

PAUL SCHRADER has dish on Quentin Tarantino's next movie.

PUBLIC DOMAIN MICKEY MOUSE already has three horror movies lined up.

TRUE DETECTIVE: Season 4 has some hot early reviews.


A BABY DUCK, reunited with its siblings.

A CROW, snowboarding with a jar lid.


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Once more, with feeling.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, January 02, 2024 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


NANCY SINATRA: "These Boots Are Made For Walking." Are you ready?

RATBOYS played "The Window," "It's Alive," and "Morning Zoo" a CBS Saturday Session.

BOB BOILEN playlisted his favorite albums of 2023 on Spotify and Apple Music.

CHAKA KHAN, on her musical legacy, surviving addiction, her Kanye beef, and more.

THE CLIENTELE's James Hornsey tells us about his Top 10 albums of 2023.

33 GREAT 2023 ALBUMS from indie / alternative legends.

TAYLOR SWIFT surpassed Elvis Presley for most weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart by a solo artist, tho this is more a comment on the charts in the internet age.

THE NUMBER ONES looks back at Gotye and Kimbra's "Somebody That I Used To Know," a leftfield smash that became the biggest hit of 2012.


WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Wonka won the holiday weekend with 30MM. Aquaman 2 placed with 26.3MM.  Migration showed with 17MM.  I saw Poor Things, which was eleventh, which might be Yorgos Lanthimos's best-directed film, and well acted all-round, though most of the attention will go to Emma Stone's star turn as a sort of feminist Bride of Frankenstein. The production design and costuming are also dazzling. The film's philosophy will bother some... and it bothers me to at least the degree that it is so sure of its persepctive that it passes up some opportuniies for, well, drama.

TOM WILKINSON, an admired performer on the British stage who in middle age became a skillful character actor and supporting star in a range of movies that gained popularity and acclaim in the United States, including “The Full Monty,” “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” and “Shakespeare in Love,” died on Saturday. He was 75.  The tributes rolled in.

SHECKY GREENE, the legendary standup comedian known for his long tenure as a Las Vegas headliner and for working with Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley, died Dec. 31 at his home in the city. He was 97.

LEE SUN-KYUN, best known for his roles in films such as Parasite and A Hard Day, had a private funeral.

PAULA ABDUL alleged in a lawsuit on Friday that she was twice sexually assaulted by Nigel Lythgoe, the executive producer of “American Idol” and “So You Think You Can Dance.” 

JOHN WILLIAMS walks back his retirement plans.

IAN ZIERING got into a street brawl with a Los Angeles biker gang Sunday.

JEREMY RENNER, one year after the snowplow accident that nearly killed him.

GAME OF THRONES: George R.R. Martin says there are three animated spin-offs in the works, in case you thought he was ever going to finish the books.

TIM BURTON wanted to make an 18MM black-and-white Catwoman movie.



A DOG AND PIG, playing ball.

SPOT the Imposter.

MOSQUITOES are driving these birds to extinction.

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