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Off staycation, still blogging.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, July 11, 2022 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE HOLLIES: "Have You Ever Loved Somebody", courtesy of the Beeb.

NEW RELEASES: Paste will point you to Viagra Boys, Laura Veirs, Katy J Pearson, and more.

BILL'S INDIE BASEMENT has Pavement's Spiral Stairs, former Klaxons frontman James Righton, Mush, and more.

THE MARS VOLTA shares "Graveyard Love."

OF MONTREAL shares “Blab Sabbath Lathe of Maiden.”


LAURA VEIRS discusses 10 influences on her new album.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Ricky Martin's hammily energetic "Livin' La Vida Loca."


WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Thor: Love and Thunder tops the chart with an estimated 143MM, though its B+ CinemaScore raises questions about its legs going forward.  Minions: The Rise of Gru places with 45.6MM on a 57 percent drop — which is the same second weekend hold as 2015’s Minions. Top Gun: Maverick shows with 15.5MM on a 40 percent drop as it closes in on 600MM domestic.

TONY SIRICO, the actor best known for playing the eccentric gangster Paulie Walnuts on the hit HBO series “The Sopranos,” died on Friday in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He was 79.  Alan Sepinwall essays the man and his most famous role. Lorraine Bracco and Michael Imperioli were among "The Sopranos" stars who paid tribute to their castmate.

LARRY STORCH, who played a memorable television oddball on the 1960s sitcom "F Troop" and for years carried a secret in his personal life that was odd in an entirely different way, died on Friday at his home on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. He was 99.

L.Q. JONES, a veteran character actor whose career spanned seven decades, died Saturday of natural causes at his home in the Hollywood Hills. He was 94 years old. He also produced, directed and wrote the 1975 feature “A Boy and His Dog,” which is adapted from Harlan Ellison’s novella of the same name.

LENNY VON DOHLEN, star of Twin Peaks and Electric Dreams, has died. He was 64.

KIRSTEN DUNST & JESSE PLEMMONS finally got hitched.

FLORENCE PUGH tells off men critiquing her see-through gown.

LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RINGS OF POWER has a teaser online.

GEORGE R.R. MARTIN says his forthcoming novel 'The Winds of Winter' will be 'quite different' from the final seasons of 'Game of Thrones.'

DAVE CHAPPELLE described students critical of his material as "instruments of oppression" in a new Netflix special.

HOLLYWOOD WON'T BUDGE for Chinese censors anymore. Here's what changed.


A YOUNG ARCTIC FOX checks out a nature photographer.

WHEN YOU CAN'T stand the sight of yourself.

A PELICAN, trying to eat a capybara.

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Wilson Pickett. And James Caan, RIP.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, July 08, 2022 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with the wicked, wicked WILSON PICKETT, live from Germany, circa 1968. This disappeared from the Tube, but I've managed to find almost all of it reposted there or elsewhere.  His band warms up the crowd with the instrumental "Soulfinger," but Pickett electrifies from the moment he enters for "Everybody Needs Somebody" and doesn't let up through "Ninety-Nine and a Half (Won't Do)," "Mustang Sally" and "Stagger Lee," and "Funky Broadway," during which people dancing in front of the stage start turning up o­nstage (And why not? This rawks almost as hard as The Who's cover of "Shakin' All Over").  The tumultuous finale of "Land of 1000 Dances" from amid the crowd remains missing, but this other "Land of 1000 Dances" from 1966 is almost as wild, and in color to boot. Raw and riveting; if this can't put you in a weekend state of mind, probably nothing can.

DEHD plays WFUV.


JULIEN BAKER shares "Guthrie."

VOXTROT shares "Fifteen Minutes."

KHRUANGBIN covers Booker T & The M.G.’s “Green Onions" as electronica.

BLONDIE shares a previously unreleased 1980 track "I Love You Honey, Give Me A Beer," the demo for what became their 'Autoamerican' closer "Go Through It."

METRIC reflects on their two decades in music and the indie sleaze phenomenon.

POTENTIAL SONGS OF THE SUMMER, according to Pitchfork.

THE BEST ALBUMS of 2022 (So Far), according to The Ringer.

THE BEST DEBUTS of 2022 (So Far) according to NME.

MANNY CHARLTON, founding guitarist for Scottish hard-rock figureheads Nazareth, is dead at 80.


JAMES CAAN,  who built a durable film career in varied roles across six decades but was forever identified most closely with one of his earliest characters, the quick-tempered, skirt-chasing Sonny Corleone in the original “Godfather” movie, died on Wednesday. He was 82.Earlier this year, he and others spoke to Variety about the 50th anniversary of "The Godfather."  And here's a remembrance from Owen Glieberman.  And here's a Top 10 list.

HUGH GRANT, who once played the British Prime Minister, had a bit role in the TV coverage of Boris Johnson's resignation.

REESE WITHERSPOON & WILL FERRELL are doing a wedding comedy.

DENISE RICHARDS defends her decision to join OnlyFans after her daughter did.

DAREDEVIL's Charlie Cox and Vincent D'Onofrio are returning in Echo on D+.

QUENTIN TARANTINO embraces Minions and Peppa Pig.

BRAD PITT believes he suffers from prosopagnosia, a rare “face blindness” disorder — but “nobody believes” him.

LUCK has a trailer online.


CATS & DOGS, living together...

PUPPER Achievement Unlocked.

MANAGING THE GROCERIES is always a bit tricky.

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I have the things, the Thursday things.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, July 07, 2022 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


DIAMOND KNIGHTS: "Destination Diamonds".  For the 70s vibe in the heat of July.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED features Sylvan Esso, Ondara, Momma, Nora Brown and more.

1997, playlisted by World Cafe.

THE VELDT does a shoegaze cover of Curtis Mayfield's "Check Out Your Mind."

ROBERT POLLARD: "I like to write songs." Rating: True.

CARLOS SANTANA collapsed onstage at Pine Knob from heat exhaustion and dehydration.

KATE BUSH, raking in the big bucks from Stranger Things.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at TLC's iconic "No Scrubs."


CLERKS 3 has a trailer online.

AMSTERDAM, a new film from David O. Russell, as a trailer online.

TOM CRUISE is making huge bank from Top Gun: Maverick.

THOR: LOVE AND THUNDER director Taika Waititi talks about following Ragnarok and more.

MINIONS: Why Gen-Z Is Wearing Suits to See The Rise of Gru.  And why it's banned in the UK.

DAVID HARBOUR called RYAN REYNOLDS for advice after the Hellboy reboot flopped.

HAYDEN PANETIERRE, on years of dependency on booze and opioids.

CELEBS tap "digital twins" to interact with millions of fans.

ROTTEN TOMATOES: Has inflation hit the Tomatometer?


DOGS & CATS, living together...

A BABY LAMB, rescued from the rocks.

A SMORGASBORD for sloths.

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A short-week Wednesday-plus.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, July 06, 2022 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



SOAK plays a mini-concert on World Cafe.


NEIL YOUNG & CRAZY HORSE share "Timberline" from the "lost" album Toast, coming this week.

MANIC STREET PREACHERS cover Madonna's "Borderline."

ELVIS songwriter Mike Stoller talks about hits he wrote for the King and others.

THE 50 BEST ALBUMS of 2022 (So Far), according to Paste.

THE 20 BEST ALBUMS of 1982, according to Paste.

CROSBY, STILLS & NASH return to Spotify after a five-month protest.

FORMER IKETTE P.P. ARNOLD alleges that Ike Turner “trapped her in a room and raped her.”


THOR: LOVE AND THUNDER's early buzz is mixed.

STRANGER THINGS: David Harbour on failure, Lily Allen and the season finale.

PAPER GIRLS: Another period sci-fi has a trailer online.

R KELLY, removed from a suicide watch.

AMBER HEARD's legal team moves to have Johnny Depp's verdict thrown out. (spoiler: unlikely)

CHRIS ROCK & LAKE BELL fuel couple rumors.

QUENTIN TARANTINO and wife Daniella are parents to a baby girl.

KEANU REEVES: Still Awesome.

KELSEY GRAMMER, teasing more Frasier.



A MAMA POLAR BEAR, breaking through thin ice at different intervals so her cub can stop to breathe.

DINOSAUR DNA: How much is it worth?

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Technically on staycation, but the blog rolls on.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, July 05, 2022 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


QUESTION MARK & THE MYSTERIANS: "96 Tears" and "Girl (You Captivate Me)" for Twofer Tuesday.

NEW RELEASES: Paste will point you to Momma, Camp Trash, and more.

BILL'S INDIE BASEMENT has Guided by Voices, the Mary Onettes, Gwenno, and more.

"WEIRD AL" YANKOVIC gets three hours of discussion and anaylsis on Political Beats with guest Andrew Heaton.

HUSKER DU's Greg Norton has been dagnosed with prostate cancer.

GUIDED BY VOICES Is On (Yet Another) Artistic Roll.

LEONARD COHEN: "Hallelujah" was a five-year journey.

EDDIE VAN HALEN: Inside a Superfan's Secret Friendship.

AEROSMITH's Steven Tyler has left rehab.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Cher's improbable comeback smash "Believe."


WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Minions: The Rise of Gru clinches an Independence Day 4-day opening record of 125.1MMTop Gun: Maverick places with 33MM on a leggy leggy leggy 14 percent drop.  Elvis shows with 23.5MM on a leggy 41 percent drop.  Below the fold, The Black Phone is leggy for a horror flick, while Lightyear's 65 percent drop is just a horror. 

THOR: LOVE AND THUNDER has a new trailer online.

DUNE: PART TWO has been delayed a month.

TOM CRUISE's Best Performances, according to Variety.

JAMES CAMERON may not direct Avatars 4 and 5.

MEN IN BLACK at 25: How the Sci-Fi Hit Made Will Smith the Biggest Star of His Era.

JEAN SMART: The star of “Hacks” and “Mare of Easttown” discusses loss, one-liners, and forty years onscreen.

STRANGER THINGS vs OBI-WAN KENOBI: Measuring Summer's Streaming Showdown.

JOE TURKEL, the prolific character actor well known for his roles in “The Shining” and “Blade Runner,” died at St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica, Calif. on Monday. He was 94.


THE REVOLUTION has started.

A DOGGO takes the bone and the spot.

SWIMMING WITH GATORS: In Florida, obvsly.

A PAIR OF ORCAS are killing Great White Sharks in South Africa.

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