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Steve Wynn + Yo La Tengo, The Beths, Hozier, Wildfire Dog   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, December 11, 2018 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


BOB GELDOF, by his own admission, is responsible for two of the worst songs in history: "'Do They Know It's Christmas?" and "We Are The World."

STEVE WYNN joined YO LA TENGO on The Dream Syndicate's “That’s What You Always Say,” and Bob Dylan's "Apple Suckling Tree" to help close out this year's Hanukkah run.

THE BETHS rip it up for KEXP.

HOZIER plays World Cafe.

NIGHT FLOWERS covers The Pretenders' "2000 Miles."

LAMBCHOP shares "The December-Ish You."


EDDIE ARGOS joins GURR on “Christmas Holiday.”

THE HOLD STEADY: Salon takes a very close look at the making of and aftermath of The Hold Steady's pivotal 2008 album Stay Positive.

LINDSEY BUCKINGHAM talks to Stereogum about the stories behind a selection of his solo tracks, whether he'd ever rejoin Fleetwood Mac, and more.

THE CLASH: Is "Why Sandinista! Is Better Than London Calling" the hottest take ever? (thx, Scot.)

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Peter, Paul & Mary's "Leaving On A Jet Plane," the folk-pop trio's sole No. 1 hit.


GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSYERS has a second trailer online.

KIM POSSIBLE drops a trailer online.


THE OSCARS: Kevin Hart's abrupt departure as Oscars host has left the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences scrambling to find someone to take the gig.

THE ACADEMY has disqualified the scores from Solo; A Star Wars Story, Green Book, and others for various reasons.

NICKI MINAJ's new boyfriend has quite an extensive rap sheet, because along with a conviction for attempted rape, he also served hard time for killing a man. 

GAME OF THRONES: Don't believe everything you read about the final season, according to Richard Dormer (Beric).


A DOG that survived the catastrophic "Camp Fire" in Northern California apparently protected the ruins of his home for almost a month until his owner returned.

ROGER, the ripped kangaroo, passes away at age 12.


THE WORLD'S OLDEST BIRD lays another egg at 68 years old.

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Sharon Van Etten + Yo La Tengo, Richard Lloyd, John Grant, Bulldog Pups   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, December 10, 2018 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE RAVEONETTES' 2011 video for 2001's "The Christmas Song.

SHARON VAN ETTEN joined YO LA TENGO on the Ramones’ “Don’t Come Close,” Fred Neil’s “Dolphins,” and her own song “One Day” for the sixth night of Hanukkah.


JOHN GRANT stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

JOSH HOMME covers "Silent Night" and reads "'Twas the Night Before Christmas.."

BROKEN BELLS returns with "Shelter."


ALVVAYS covers DEVO's "Freedom of Choice" in Toronto.

REDD KROSS keeps its aesthetic alive for 40 years. (Thx, Frank Yang.)

PETE SHELLEY, eulogized at NME.

LINDSEY BUCKINGHAM says he and Fleetwood Mac have settled the recent lawsuit over his firing from the band.

THE GRAMMYS nominations went to these people.

KISS rocker Gene Simmons is being sued by a woman who claims he groped her at the opening of his Rock & Brews restaurant back in 2016. 

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Steam's sporting-events standby "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye."


WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Ralph Breaks the Internet three-peats atop the chart with 16.1MM on a 37 percent drop, performing somewhere between Moana and Coco. That looks good, but the test comes this weekend when Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse swings onto big screens. The Grinch places with15.2MM on a leggy 15 percent drop, and its holiday theme may help it survive Spidey.  Creed II shows with 10.3MM on a 38 percent drop; it's performing well ahead of its predecessor and will likely top 130MM domestic before year's end.  Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald takes the fourth slot with 6.8MM on a 40 percent drop; it continues to lag its predecessor significantly in the US, but has grossed over 568MM worldwide.  Bohemian Rhapsody rounds out the Top Five with 6MM on a 25 percent drop  and is thisclose to 600MM worldwide.

AQUAMAN rakes in 93.6MM in China,exceeding the entire lifetime gross of Wonder Woman in the country, and more than twice as much as The Last Jedi's entire run there.

AVENGERS: ENDGAME has a trailer online.

PLASTIC MAN is in development at Warner's.

MICHELLE WILLIAMS revealed that her engagement to pastor Chad Johnson is off.

JENNIFER ANISTON believes her marriages were successful.



A SOCCER DOG plays catch, not fetch.

A DOG seemingly saves a drowning man while being recorded by... a cat? An idiot?

A YOUNG BOBCAT accused of killing chickens makes its way back to a Utah town after being released in the wild; found in a doghouse.

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Elton John, Pete Shelley RIP, Yo La Tengo, Skyway Man, Doggo   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, December 07, 2018 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with ELTON JOHN! Half of a live show captured by the OGWT on Christmas Eve, 1974.  Your setlist includes: "Grimsby" (incompete), "Rocket Man," "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road," "Daniel," Grey Seal,"  "Bennie And The Jets," "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds," "I Saw Her Standing There," "Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me," "Honky Cat," "Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting," "Crocodile Rock," "The B^tch Is Back," "Your Song," and "White Christmas."

YO LA TENGO had THE CRYSTALS' LaLa Brooks join them on "Then He Kissed Me," “I Wonder” and “The Doo Ron Ron" for Hanukkah Night 4 at the Bowery Ballroom.

SKYWAY MAN covers Eliot Edelman, The Faces, Big Kitty, James Wallace for a Lagniappe Session.

2018's NEW HOLIDAY MUSIC, compiled by Vulture.

PHOEBE BRIDGERS covers The Cure's "Friday I'm In Love."

PETE SHELLEY, the Manchester-born co-founder, singer and guitarist of the influential British punk band Buzzcocks, died Thursday in Tallinn, Estonia, at the age of 63. Let's celebrate his catalog with a concert in Hamburg from near the end of the Buzzcocks' original run in 1981. Your setlist includes: "Why She's A Girl From The Chainstore";  "What Do I Get?";  "Fast Cars"; "Fiction Romance"; "Harmony In My Head"; "Everybody's Happy Nowadays"; "Lipstick"; "Ever Fallen In Love?"; "Something's Gone Wrong Again"; "Airwaves Dream"; "Strange Thing"; "Noise Annoys"; "What Do You Know?"; "I Believe"; "Love Battery"; "Time's Up"; and "Boredom."

LINDSEY BUCKINGHAM breaks down "Go Your Own Way" on Song Exploder.

THE GUMMY AWARDS voting is open.

PASTE Readers' Favorite Albums of 2018, contrasted with the staff picks.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at the Beatles' heady, hypnotic Chuck Berry bite "Come Together."

NOW SHOWING: The only big release this weekend is the 25th anniversary re-release of Schindler's List, which scores 97 percent on the ol' Tomatometer. The big holiday movie roll-out starts next Friday.

THE GOLDEN GLOBES nominations are announced.Classifying Bohemian Rhapsody and A Star Is Born as dramas instead of musicals tells you a lot about the integrity of the operation.

60 MINUTES proved unable to prevent sexual misconduct by some of its top executives, according to lawyers hired by the CBS Corporation board of directors to investigate the workplace culture of the program.

LENA DUNHAM falsely claimed that she knew a rape accuser was lying because she was “colonized by patriarchy.”

KEVIN HART has the old tweets problem. This is my shocked face. And there's the apology as he withdraws from hosting the Oscars.

HARVEY WEINSTEIN is emailing media friends to boost what's left of his reputation.

TYLER PERRY paid out over 430K in layaways at two Atlanta-area Walmart stores ahead of Christmas.

AMY HECKERLING, director of Fast Times at Ridgemont High and Clueless, talks about the Clueless musical.

THE 100 SCARES THAT SHAPED HORROR: This overview at Vulture is spinning off articles like this on the opening scene in Scream.

DECEMBER 7, 1941: A "date which will live in infamy." I'll be watching Tora! Tora! Tora! this weekend. BTW, the first nation invaded by the US after entering WWII was Morocco, then Algeria, iirc. War is strange.

A DOOGO + a balloon = joy.

YES, you should walk your cat.

DOLPHINS had a Jurassic-era reptile twin featuring blubber and warm blood.

SEALS with eels in their noses.

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Thom Yorke, Wu-Tang Clan, Anna St Louis, Yo La Tengo, Basset Hounds   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, December 06, 2018 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE RAMONES: "Merry Christmas (I Don't Wanna Fight Tonight)."

THOM YORKE stops by Morning Becomes Eclectic.

WU-TANG CLAN plays a Tiny Desk Concert.

ANNA ST LOUIS plays the World Cafe.

THE STAVES share "Home Alone, Too."

GUIDED BY VOICES shares “My Future In Barcelona.”

PEDRO THE LION shares "Model Homes."


YO LA TENGO reunited THE STRANGELOVES (after 53 years!) for “Cara-Lin” and “I Want Candy” during their Hanukkah run in Bklyn.

THIS MORTAL COIL gets a retrospective at The Quietus.

MIKE COOLEY talks about touring solo and future material from the Drive-By Truckers.

THE 50 BEST LPs of 2018, according to Stereogum. BONUS:Their Best EPs of 2018.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at the 5th Dimension's theatrically desperate "Wedding Bell Blues."


JAKE GYLLENHAAL confirms his role as Mysterio in Spider-Man: Far From Home.

EMMA STONE will play infamous 101 Dalmatians villain Cruella De Vil in what is being billed as an origin story, set in the early 1980s with a punk vibe.

MEGHAN MARKLE and PRIYANKA CHOPRA were both subjects of some fantastically lame "journalism."

NATALIE PORTMAN and JESSICA SIMPSON wound up beefing over bikini pics from 1999.

THE CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA: A MIDWINTER'S TALE is a one-shot special with a trailer online.

KEVIN SMITH had kind words for Star Wars: Episode IX.

JOHN WATERS discusses his fave films of 2018.

THE END OF ENDINGS: How endless franchises, boundless revivals, and the infinite scroll of social media rob us of closure.


BASSET HOUND PUPS pose for a group portrait.

AN OWL killed 70 lemmings and made a nest out of them. Savage.

THIS ROTTWEILER is not a fan of vegetables.

THE OCEANS' TWILIGHT ZONE: An enormous mass of living sea creatures.

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Dirty Projectors, Haley Bonar, JD McPherson, Robyn, Dognapping   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, December 05, 2018 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


GLAM CHOPS: Art Brut's Eddie Argos has a "Countdown to Christmas."

DIRTY PROJECTORS plays a Tiny Desk Concert.

HALEY BONAR plays a Tiny Desk Concert.

JD McPHERSON stopped by The Current with a holiday-themed mini-set.

ROBYN covers Wham!'s "Last Christmas" at the BBC.


SMASHING PUMPKINS backing HANSON on FLEETWOOD MAC's "Landslide" is pretty 2018.

THE 50 BEST LPs of 2018, according to NPR.

THE HOUSEMARTINS: How we made “Happy Hour.

DEAN WAREHAM shares a few of his favorite things for 2018.

THE NUMBER ONES looks back on Elvis Presley's "Suspicious Minds," one last glorious burst of brilliance before the legendary singer's decline.


LES MOONVES, facing multiple sexual misconduct allegations and fearing his career as the chief executive of CBS was over, destroyed evidence and misled investigators in an attempt to preserve his reputation and save a lucrative severance deal, according to a draft of a report prepared for the company’s board.

GWYNETH PALTROW talks to WSJ Magazine about the Goop empire.

DIE HARD is not a Christmas movie, according to a Morning Consult poll I deem fake news.

BRADGELINA reached a final agreement over the custody of their six children.

AFI announces its Movies and TV Programs of the Year.

KEVIN HART is hosting the Oscars.  It's a gig that almost no one should want

WATERSHIP DOWN has a trailer online.

TOM CRUISE has tips for watching Mission: Impossible - Fallout on HDTV.


A DOGNAPPING, attempted by another dog.

BEAVERS shopped a Massachusetts gas station, but apparently didn't find what they were looking for.

HOW PABLO ESCOBAR created a hippo problem in Colombia.


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