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A slow day, but Ranking Roger RIP, and Things.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, March 27, 2019 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



RANKING ROGER, a/k/a Roger Charlery, the vocalist of the English Beat and General Public, has died aged 56. He had multiple serious health issues. His band fused traditional ska music with elements of pop, new wave, punk rock and latin, and became a pioneer in the two-tone music genre. As the tributes roll in, let's take a brief inventory of the English Beat's highlights. My personal fave may still be "Best Friend," but you might prefer more signature songs like "Mirror in the Bathroom,"  "Save It For Later,"  "I Confess" or "Doors of Your Heart." Or their adaptations of covers like Smokey's "Tears Of A Clown" and the Andy Williams number "Can't Get Used To Losing You." BONUS: more people probably know ROGER's other band with Dave Wakeling, General Public, which had a ht with "Tenderness."

PHIL COOK dropped a surprise LP, As Far As I Can See.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: Tracks from Lee "Scratch" Perry, Radiator Hospital, and Cate Le Bon highlight the latest episode.

EMILY KING visits World Cafe.

THE FLESHTONES return with "Layin' Pipe."

MIKAL CRONIN returns with "Undertow."

BAD RELIGION returns with "Do The Paranoid Style."


JON PRATT, Pate's frontman, does a Guitar of the Day video and amuses himself (and me) with some Buddy Holly and James Brown.

JACKSON BROWNE gets over two hours of discussion on this week's Political Beats, with guest Cameron Joseph of TPM.

SHIELA E. talks about recording "Erotic City" with Prince around this time in 1984.

MICHAEL JACKSON will remain in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, despite the Leaving Neverland controversy.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Vicki Lawrence's twisty pop-country murder ballad "The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia."


JUSSIE SMOLLET's hate crime hoaxes were suddenly dropped in exchange for forfeiture of his 10K bond and a few hours of community service. It brought swift condemnation from Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson and Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who called it a “whitewash of justice.” A week ago, The Chicago PD called for an investigation into Asst. State's Attorney Kim Foxx's handling of the Jussie Smollett case.

A FORMER PLAYBOY PLAYMATE reportedly claims that Alex Rodriguez sexted her, practically begging for a threesome - just weeks before his storybook proposal to Jennifer Lopez.

CARDI B defended herself against detractors after a video resurfaced that showed her recalling that she drugged and robbed men when she worked as a stripper.

GAME OF THRONES showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss explain why they created the Night King (who is not in the books).

ZACK SNYDER shared his original plans for Justice League..

ALBERT BROOKS: Looking Back at the Prophetic Genius of 1979’s Real Life.


A FAMILY RESCUED A DOG FOR CERTAIN DEATH. Years later, he died saving their lives in a shooting.

AMERICA'S REINDEER have quietly gone extinct in the Lower 48.

KINDNESS MATTERS. We Need More Men Like Him.

THIS CAR saves dogs’ lives.

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Scott Walker RIP, and more.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, March 26, 2019 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


FAITH NO MORE: "We Care A Lot."

ALEJANDRO ESCOVEDO plays a Tiny Desk Concert.

EDIE BRICKELL visits World Cafe.

THE NUDE PARTY perform at The Current Day Party in Austin during SXSW.

FILTHY FRIENDS return with “November Man.”

THE ONLY ONES' Peter Perrett is back with "I Want Your Dreams".


SCOTT WALKER, one of the most innovative and enduring songwriters of the 20th century, has died aged 76. Walker first came to fame in the mid-1960s in the group the Walker Brothers, before creating a string of acclaimed solo albums – Scott, Scott 2, Scott 3 and Scott 4 – that are regarded as some of the most adventurous and boundary-pushing pop albums of the era. He was pop's great adventurer. Thom Yorke, Boy George, Doug Gillard (GbV), Johnny Marr, Graham Coxon, Sonic Youth and Car Seat headrest were among the many musicians paying tribute. NME lists David Bowie and other artists inflenced by Walker. In fact, here's Bowie coveringWalker's "Nite Flights."

JENNY LEWIS escapes the void.

STRAND OF OAKS: Tim Showalter takes Stereogum on a track by track tour of Eraserland.

THE NATIONAL RECORDING REGISTRY adds "La Bamba," Earth, Wind & Fire's "September,"and Curtis Mayfield's soundtrack album for Super Fly, among others.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Roberta Flack's enduring meta-hymn "Killing Me Softly With His Song" and


AVENGERS: ENDGAME clocks in at over three hours.

CLUELESS: The cast reunited to talk about the film at Chicago's Comic-Con.Here's the whole thing on video.

SHAZAM!'s previews made bank.

MICHAEL MADSEN wrecked his Land Rover, got busted for DUI.

NICOLAS CAGE applies for a marriage license.

WERNER HERSOG isn't into demonizing Russia or President Trump, but "you will not get me into any kind of superficial discussion about current politics in the United States.

LARRY COHEN, the avant-garde writer and director who made his mark in the horror and blaxploitation genres with such innovative cult classics as It's AliveGod Told Me ToBlack Caesar and Hell Up in Harlem, has died. He was 82.



A DOG TRICK you may not have seen.

BABY GOATS on a slide.

RUSSIAN MAN was caught attempting to smuggle an orangutan in his luggage.

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Exhausting weekend (not even NCAA games), but a few Things.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, March 25, 2019 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Jordan Peele's Us tops the chart with 70MM, a record opening for an original horror film, and the third best horror debut ever. It's already a big success, but it will be interesting to see how much it falls next weekend, given pent-up demand for the movie and a mere "B" CinemaScore. Captain Marvel finally slides to No. 2, placing with 35MM on a 49 percent drop that might concern Marvel if not for the fact it's already made 910MM worldwide. Wonder Park shows with 9MM on a 43 percent drop. Five Feet Apart takes the fourth slot with 8.8MM on a 34 percent drop. How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World rounds out the Top Five (and likely nears exhaustion) with 6.5MM; the threequel will likely wind up a few million short of the sequel.

SHAZAM! is getting strong early reviews from Variety, The Hollywood Reporter (mostly), and IndieWire.

BARBRA STREISAND defended Michael Jackson in the grossest terms possible.

DRAGGED ACROSS CONCRETE director S. Craig Zahler doesn’t care if you don’t like his new movie.

SPICE GIRLS got it on?

COLIN FARRELL talks Conway Twitty, Dumbo and more.

...and speaking of "more," there should be more tomorrow.

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Traffic, Robert Ellis, Fontaines DC, Grupo Fantasma, Panda   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, March 22, 2019 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


...with TRAFFIC!  Live in Santa Monica, circa 1972, flagged by my online pal Jay. Your setlist includes: Low Spark of High Heeled Boys; Light Up or Leave Me Alone; John Barley corn; Rainmaker; Glad; Freedom Rider; Forty Thousand Headmen; and Dear Mr. Fantasy.

ROBERT ELLIS, saloon pianist in a white tx, visits World Cafe.

FONTAINES D.C. perform at The Current Day Party in Austin during SXSW.

GRUPO FANTASMA advance streams American Music Vol. VII.

BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE shares “Can’t Find My Heart.

IRON & WINE and CALEXICO reunite to share “Father Mountain.” Aw yeahhh.

ROSE ELINOR DOUGALL shares “Take What You Can Get.”

THE SMOKING POPES: "Need You Around," for a little Chicago flavor.

ANDREW BIRD gives bird's-eye view of My Finest Work. released today.

LUCY DACUS talks about Woodstock 50, Springsteen, and her next LP.

BOOKER T. & THE MGs: How we made "Green Onions."

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Elton John)'s silly and theatrical nostalgia-wallow "Crocodile Rock."

NOW SHOWING: Us -- the latest from Jordan Peele -- is this weekend's sole wide release, which is currently scoring 95 percent on the ol' Tomatometer.

GAME OF THRONES: Emilia Clarke reveals she suffered two life-threatening brain aneurysms.

DEADWOOD has a teaser movie trailer online.

LADY GAGA has been spending a lot of time with Jeremy Renner.

CRUEL INTENTIONS: An oral history.

TERRY GILLIAM talks up The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, which has taken three decades to make.

DAVID LETTERMAN admits he stayed on TV too long.

ALEC BALDWIN is hesitant about fathering another child.

FORREST GUMP: A sequel featuring OJ Simpson and Princess Diana was stopped by 9/11.

A PANDA, trying to use a hammock.

MUGGSY THE WALLABY escapes from his home, goes out for a short hop in a Dallas neighborhood.

SHARK TRAFFICKING: Joshua Seguine, was charged Tuesday with illegally possessing seven sandbar sharks – a protected species under New York law – with the intent to sell them.

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Sharon Van Etten, Fragile Rock, Low Cut Connie, Puppers   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

THE MOODY BLUES hit the charts with "Go Now" before going psychedelic.

SHARON VAN ETTEN performs a MicroShow at the Warming House in Minneapolis, an intimate 40-seat listening room.

FRAGILE ROCK brings emo puppets to the Tiny Desk Family Hour at SXSW.

LOW CUT CONNIE performs at The Current Day Party in Austin during SXSW.

FRANKIE COSMOS shares "February" and "In The World."

MORRISSEY covers Jobriath's "Morning Starship," with help from Grizzly Bear's Ed Droste.


LEON BRIDGES performs "If It Feels Good" on The Late Late Show.

FAYE WEBSTER impressively recreates the pedal steel and horn-laden sound of 1970s Southern R & B.

IGGY POP is fine with being called the Godfather of Punk.

ROGER DALTREY says Brexit won’t affect British musicians.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Stevie Wonder's eternally funky monster-jam "Superstition."


LORI LAUGHLIN's daughter blames Mom for screwing up her business deals.

EMMA ROBERTS and Evan Peters have ended their engagement, and now the actress is dating Garrett Hedlund.

STRANGER THINGS has a Season Three trailer online.

CHRISTOPHER NOLAN has now found his female lead for his next film, tapping Elizabeth Debicki to co-star with John David Washington. Robert Pattinson has also joined the cast.

BILL & TED 3: The buzz has reached the New York Times. It's going into production this summer and is planned for a summer 2020 release.

GAME OF THRONES challenges fans to find six Iron Thrones secreted around the world.

QUENTIN TARANTINO'S Once Upon A Time In Hollywood has a teaser trailer online.And they released a poster featuring Margot Robbie as Sharon Tate, as I predicted.

NICOLAS CAGE's new film follows a Jiu Jitsu fighter who every six years must face off against an alien invader.


PUPPERS and the Imperial March.

SLIDING A BABY SHARK back into the sea.

THAT COW ON THE LAM IN NYC will escape slaughter. A lamb and a got also made recemt breakouts. Animal control said that was an unusually large number of escapes.

CAT CANNIBALISM: U.S. government scientists bought hundreds of dogs and cats from "Asian meat markets" and conducted experiments that included feeding their remains to healthy lab cats for needless research, according to a disturbing watchdog report.

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