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The Gales of November have come early.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, November 11, 2019 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



THE WRECK of the EDMUND FITZGERALD: The legend lives o­n from the Chippewa o­n down of the big lake they called Gitche Gumee.Yesterday was the anniversary of the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald -- 729 feet-long, 75 feet in breadth, 39 feet in depth, weighing 13,632 gross tons -- an ore bulk carrier with a capacity of 25,000 tons. When it was launched o­n June 7 1958, at the Great Lakes Engineering Works in River Rouge, Michigan, Fitzgerald was the largest ship o­n the Great Lakes. Here's misty, water-colored video of the launch.

The "Queen of the Great Lakes" sank in the eastern end of Lake Superior during a fierce storm -- including snow squalls -- that pounded the ship with 30-foot waves. The crew of 29 men perished; without witnesses, a definitive reason has never been determined. A Coast Guard report suggested that faulty hatches failed to keep water out of the ship's cargo holds, though others believe the ship struck an uncharted shoal and took o­n water. A documentary created and aired by the Discovery Channel concluded the loss was due to freak waves that overwhelmed the faulty hatches.

After the wreck, the Rev. Richard Ingalls went to Mariners' Church in Detroit and rang its bell 29 times, o­nce for each life lost. The church continues to hold an annual memorial, which includes reading the names of the crewmen and ringing the church bell. Here's video of Rev. Ingalls recounting that night.  More than 250 people gathered at the church for the 40th anniversary, which was expanded to remember victims from all tragedies on the Great Lakes. And here's a remembrance from a brother of one of the lost crew members.

At the request of family members surviving her crew, Fitzgerald's 200 lb. bronze bell was recovered by the Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society in 1995, as a joint project with the National Geographic Society, Canadian Navy, Sony Corporation, and Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. The bell is now o­n display in the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum. Here's a brief video from o­ne of the underwater explorations of the wreck. Fmr newsman Larry Elliot recalls the remote expedition.  And here is a story from one of the two scuba divers to ever reach the sunken hull.  Throw in the 3-D animation, and you'll feel just like Bill Paxton.

The song by Gordon Lightfoot spent 21 straight weeks o­n the pop charts, peaking at No. 2. Here, Lightfoot discusses writing the song, and the lyrics he's changed.  And there's a homemade video for it, which I highly recommend. Beats the tar of Celine Dion! (PS:  Ken King -- who has lived o­n the U.P. of  Michigan, says the gales of November are quite something.)


NEW RELEASES: Pitchfork will point you to Mount Eerie & Julie Dorion, Friendship, Clams Casino, and more.

INDIE BASEMENT points you to releases from Rocketship, Capitol, Everything But The Girl, and Moloko.

NOAH GUNDERSON visits World Cafe.

MOUNTAIN MAN covers "White Christmas."


LANA DEL REY brought Lucy Dacus and Best Coast's Bethany Cosentino on stage in Chicago.

RIC OCASEK cut Paulina Porizkova out of his will.

THE BEST SELLING MUSIC ARTISTS, 1969-2019, visualized.

ROBERT FREEMAN, who shot some of the Beatles' most iconic album covers, has died. He was 82 years old.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Alan O'Day's incredibly strange sex-hallucination hit "Undercover Angel."


WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Oof, and oof again.  Midway surprises atop the chart with 17.5MM, though that's against a 100MM production budget and on Veterans' Day weekend no less.  It had less-than-fresh reviews, but an "A" Cinemascore, so it delivered what was expected.  Doctor Sleep places with 14.1MM, well short of predictions into the 30s, against a budget between 45-55MM.  Playing With Fire shows with an estimated 12.8MM, which a few believe is quite estimated indeed.  Last Christmas debuts in the fourth slot with 11.6M; its "B-" Cinemascore lands on top of less-than-fresh reviews to suggest a shorter run than the studio hoped.  Terminator: Dark Fate, last weekend's underwhelming champ, skids 63 percent to round out the Top Five with 10.8MM. More about that below.

WHY TERMINATOR: DARK FATE could lose over 100MM.

MILEY CYRUS underwent vocal cord surgery and will require weeks of silence to recover.

PAT SAJAK underwent emergency surgery for a blocked intestine ... opening the door for Vanna White to host “Wheel of Fortune.”

CLINT EASTWOOD cares not if a wildfire is advancing on his film shoot.

ROMAN POLANSKI faces another accusation of rape from a then-18-year-old.

THE IRISHMAN: The end of the gangster movie as we know it?

CHARLES LEVIN, best known for his work on Seinfeld, meets a dramatic death.

VETERANS' DAY: Today is the observation of the anniversary of the end of WWI; thank a vet today, and read the excellent 2009 piece by the WaPo's David Ignatius that may be more true today. 


A GIRL and a Husky.

YELLING AT YOUR DOGS ruins their lives, so don't be a jerk: study.

WHY SENIOR DOGS, often the last to be adopted, make great pets.


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B-52s, Sam Fermin, Nude Party, Jessy Wilson, Doggos   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, November 08, 2019 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


... with THE B-52s!  Live at the Capitol Theater, this week in 1980.  Your setlist includes: Lava, Give Me Back My Man, 6060-842, Devil In My Car, 52 Girls, Quiche Lorraine, Dirty Back Road, Private Idaho, Strobe Light, Runnin' Around, Rock Lobster, Dance This Mess Around, Planet Claire, Party Out Of Bounds, Downtown, and 53 Miles West Of Venus.. 

SAM FERMIN visits WNYC Soundcheck.


JESSY WILSON visits World Cafe.

BEACH SLANG pays tribute to Tommy Keene on "Tommy in the 80s."

BLACK LIPS return with "Gentleman."

ADVANCE BASE covers Lucinda Williams' "Sweet Old World."


THE NEW PR0NOGRAPHERS cover Guided By Voices' "The Rally Boys."


ANGEL OLSEN talks about her new LP on All Songs Considered.

THE BEST ALBUMS of 2019, according to Vulture.

WBAI was ordered back on the air by a New York judge.


NOW SHOWING:  This weekend's wide releases include Doctor Sleep, which is currently scoring 74 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; Last Christmas, which is currently scoring xx percent; Midway, which is scoring 38 percent; and Playing With Fire, scoring 24 percent.

JEFF GOLDBLUM defends WOODY ALLEN: "I think there's a presumption of innocence until proven guilty."

KIM KARDASHIAN, KRIS JENNER & KANYE WEST discuss their empide (and more) at The New York Times.

BILLIE LOURD, on becoming the keeper of Princess Leia.

KRISTEN BELL is returning for the upcoming Gossip Girl update at HBO Max.

PHOEBE WALLER-BRIDGE is profiled at Vogue.

WHO IS THE MANDALORIAN? Let's Start With Who He's Not.

THE INVISIBLE MAN, ft Elisabeth Moss, has a trailer online.


A DOG sends a message.

A DOG makes the wrong choice.

LINCOLN THE SEA OTTER at the Oregon Zoo.

THE BRONX ZOO "LION QUEEN" was arrested by the NYPD.

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Ryley Walker, Aida Victoria, Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross, Doggos   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, November 07, 2019 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


PLIMSOULS: "A Million Miles Away."

RYLEY WALKER, Live at Hopscotch, September 6, 2019. 

AIDA VICTORIA visits Morning Becomes Eclectic.

TRENT REZNOR & ATTICUS ROSS have put their Watchmen soundtrack online.

GRAHAM COXON covers Billy Idol's "White Wedding."


HAZEL ENGLISH returns with a video for "Shaking."

RINGO STARR talks to Morning Edition about his new book, chock full of Fab photos.

JOE PESCI is dropping an album, and it features Maroon 5’s Adam Levine. Yes, really.

AQUARIUM DRUNKARD's 100 fave albums of the 2010s.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Bill Conti's triumphant fanfare "Gonna Fly Now (Theme From 'Rocky')."


WHITNEY HOUSTON's best friend Robyn Crawford opens up about their love affair.

KRISTEN STEWART opens up about her fiirst love, with Robert Pattinson.

CGI JAMES DEAN has been posthumously cast in the Vietnam era action-drama Finding Jack.

INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE was a mistake, according to director Roland Emmerich, making it unanimous.

NOAH BAUMBACH's MOVIES, ranked by The Ringer.

THE IRISHMAN: Will its de-aging tech change the movie biz?

COLOR OUT OF SPACE, with Nic Cage doing H.P. Lovecraft, has a trailer online.


A BOY gets a dog.

THIS DOG couldn't stand to be touched, now loves to cuddle.

THE U.S. SENATE unanimously approved a bill making animal cruelty a federal crime.

A FLESH-EATING TAPEWORM was eating his brain for 15 years.

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Jon Pratt, King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, Of Monsters & Men, Doggo   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, November 06, 2019 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


JON PRATT covers the Ray Charles classic, "I Got a Woman."  I'm shamefully behind in posting this, but the last few weeks have been, um, hectic.


OF MONSTERS AND MEN visits World Cafe.

RHIANNON GIDDENS visits The Current.

THE RENTALS return with "Spaceship."


BEST COAST returns with "For the First Time."

SPINAL TAP have resolved their dispute with Universal Music Group regarding the film’s soundtrack recordings.

KACEY MUSGRAVES enlists LANA DEL REY, ZOOEY DESCHANEL and more for a Christmas special and album.

THE MELLOTRON: Inspiring a new generation of musicians.

THE 200 BEST SONGS of the 2010s, accordingto Stereogum.


ANGELINA JOLIE on parenting, being unpopular in school, and more.

COLIN FARRELL is in talks to play the Penguin in The Batman?

EMMA WATSON calls singledom being self-partnered.

ANTHONY MACKIE got divorced quietly.

JAMIE LEE CURTIS talks about 20 years of sobriety.

KRISTEN STEWART can't wait to propose to her girlfriend. And yet.

DANIEL CRAIG shut down a question about hiring Phoebe Waller-Bridge to punch up the script for No Time To Die (Bond 25.)


A DOG ABANDONED in the desert learns to trust people again.

THIS STRAY PIT BULL may be the world's most determined.

A MILLION CANNIBAL ANTS trapped in a nuclear bunker for years have escaped, scientists in Poland have said.

TWIGLET, a 420-pound hog, was rescued from a flat where it ate Chinese takeout.

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New Pr0nos, Pernice Bros, Jeremy Ivey, Eddie Vedder + RHCP, Raven   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, November 05, 2019 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


X stopped by 30 Rock to play "Hot House" and "Breathless," lo these many moons ago.

THE NEW PR0NOGRAPHERS, Live at Rockwood Music Hall.

PERNICE BROTHERS, Live at the Mercury Lounge, October 20, 2019.

JEREMY IVEY plays World Cafe Live.

FIONA APPLE covers The Waterboys'' “The Whole Of The Moon.

BLONDIE covers T. Rex's signature "Bang a Gong (Get it On)" this week in 1987.


EDDIE VEDDER joins RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS for Prince's "Purple Rain" and Bob Dylan's "All Along the Watchtower."

MICHAEL JACKSON'S ESTATE bought majority ownership of the U.S. rights to Sly and the Family Stone's catalog.

R.E.M.: How Monster signaled the end of alternative rock.

THE TOP 100 ALBUMS of the 2010s, according to Stereogum.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Marvin Gaye's final #1 hit, the sensitive disco odyssey, "Got To Give It Up (Part 1)."


MARTIN SCORSESE brings his anti-Marvel argument to the NYT op-ed page.

KEANU REEVES and ... longtime pal Alexandra Grant?

ANNA FARIS appears to be engaged to cinematographer Michael Barrett.

FELICITY HUFFMAN logs community service hours as part of her Varsity Blues sentence.

ARCTIC DOGS had a historically bad opening weekend.

FANTASTIC BEASTS will in fact complete the trilogy.

HOLLYWOOD may kill US trade with South Africa.


A RAVEN acts just like a puppy with his human.

ORPHANED RACCONS, mothered by a pit bull.

A CAT took the field for Monday Night Football; Kevin Harlan has the call.  BONUS: Cats and dogs watch.

A BEAR with a soccer ball, rolling around in the snow in a Colorado resident's backyard. 

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