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Maggie Roggers, Cat Power, Steve Forbert, U2, Chihuahuas   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, February 05, 2019 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE BOOMTOWN RATS: Let's roll out "Rat Trap" and "Someone's Looking At You" for Twofer Twofer Tuesday

MAGGIE ROGERS plays the House of Strombo, including a downbeat cover of Whitney Houston's "I Wanna Dance With Somebody."

CAT POWER plays a Tiny Desk Concert.

STEVE FORBERT stops by World Cafe.

STEVE EARLE & THE DUKES cover Guy Clark’s “L.A. Freeway.”


EX HEX shares a video for "Tough Enough."

U2 gets almost four hours of analysis and discussion on the latest Political Beats podcast with guest Stephen Miller (no, not that one).

PINK FLOYD's David Gilmour is auctioning his axes.

LUCINDA WILLIAMS talks to the Raleigh News-Observer about revisiting Car Wheels on a Gravel Road.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Paul Revere & The Raiders' dubious protest song "Indian Reservation (The Lament Of The Cherokee Reservation Indian)."

THE NUMBER ONES also looks at James Taylor's reassuring Carole King cover "You've Got A Friend."


LIAM NEESON, sitting down to discuss his latest action film, recounts a disturbing incident from his past.

TOY STORY 4 drops a trailer delivering on the promise of Bo Peep.

GWYNETH PALTROW is expanding Goop's original content efforts.

JENNIFER CONNELLY learns she had a hit song in Japan.

RUSSELL CROWE transforms into Roger Ailes.

JEFF BEZOS ran the 5M ad for the Washington Post because he pulled the plug on a 20M million ad for his spaceflight company, Blue Origin, after it was revealed his mistress had helped shoot footage for the commercial.

LEGION will end with Season 3 on FX.

AUSTIN JONES, a 26-year-old YouTube star, pleaded guilty Friday to child pr0n charges.


THESE FLIPPING CHIHUAHUAS will melt your heart.

RODENTS' incisors are constantly growing. Shudder.

AN AUSSIE FISHERMAN used a dead shark as a bong.

MALIMA, an elephant rescue.

FLORIDA MAN feud flares over runaway llamas, guns and a barbecued pig.

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The Post-postgame Show, with Jon Pratt and the Winter Dance Party   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, February 04, 2019 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE BIG GAME slowed the "news" to a trickle, but Things:

JON PRATT: Pate's frontman plays a new song, "Quittin' Time" on yet another vintage guitar.

THE DAY THE MUSIC DIED.  It's 60 winters later, but the passing of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson in a plane crash outside Clear Lake, IA is still bringing people to the historic Surf Ballroom, as well as the Riverside Ballroom, where the Winter Dance Party made its penultimate stop. So it's worth linking to an MPR audio feature on the Winter Dance Party and a Weekend Edition piece on Buddy Holly's old classmates.. We'll start with sove video of Buddy Holly playing "That'll Be the Day," and "Peggy Sue."  There's even less video of Valens, outside this lipsync of "Ooh, My Head!", but there's rare live audio of "La Bamba" and "Donna" on the Tube. And no survey would be complete without the Bopper's signature song, "Chantilly Lace."  The tragedy has echoed through the years in movies like The Buddy Holly Story and La Bamba.  The latter featured Los Lobos, who would make "La Bamba" a hit again almost 30 years later, with Marshall Crenshaw as Holly, who can be seen here covering "Crying, Waiting Hoping", introduced by Wolfman Jack.  BONUS: The Current reports on the Hily Rocka Rollaz playing the Surf Ballrooom over the weejkend. The band's frontman, Mark Flora, is an Iowa State alum who fronted a band called The Law at the same time Pate was a going concern. I also wrote record reviews for him when he was the Arts & Entertainment editor for the Iowa State Daily. It's a small world, after all.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Glass threepeats atop the chart with 9.5MM on a 50 percent drop that could have been worse on the Big Game weekend.It's lagging its predecessor, Split, by about 10MM, but already in the black on a 20MM production budget. The Upside places with 8.9MM on a leggy 6 percent drop. The debut of Miss Bala shows with 6.7MM against a 15MM budget; the poor reviews likely stopped this from becoming a truly effective bit of counter-programming. Aquaman hangs onto the fourth spot with another 4.8MM on a 34 percent drop. Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse rounds out the Top Five with another 4.4MM on a 28 percent drop. The superheroes will probably fade once the LEGO Movie 2 and Alita: Battle Angel arrive over the next couple of weekends. Meanwhile, I must note that Peter Jackson's WWI documentary, They Shall Not Grow Old, landed in tenth place with 2.4MM on about 725 screens; its 10.7MM US total to date suggests it just might beat out the domestic gross for Mortal Engines, which Jackson co-wrote.

TRAILER BOWL: The Big Game brought trailers for Avengers: Endgame, Captain Marvel, Us, Hobbs & Shaw, Alita: Battle Angel, and Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. But the one for Game of Thrones beat all of them.

THE DGA AWARDS went to these folks. Congrats!

KATE BECKINSALE & PETE DAVIDSON looked like an item at his stand-up show.

LIAM PAYNE & NAOMI CAMPBELL may be getting it on.

BOW WOW was arrested following a fight with a woman in Atlanta.

EDIE McCLURG, best known for playing Grace -- Principal Rooney's secretary -- in Ferris Bueller's Day Off, is battling dementia ... according to family and friends who say they're trying to protect her from a guy who's allegedly taking advantage of her.

A CAT interrupts a soccer game.

More tomorrow, presumably.

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Well, what if there is no tomorrow? There wasn't one today.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, February 01, 2019 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



I got flowers...in the Spring...

First D.J.: "Rise and shine, campers and don't forget your booties 'cause it's cooooold out there today."

Second D.J.: "It's cold out there every day. What is this, Miami Beach?"

First D.J.: "Not hardly. So the big question o­n everybody's lips..."

Second D.J.: "O­n their chapped lips..."

First D.J.: "...their chapped lips is, 'Does Phil feel lucky?' Punxsatawney Phil! That's right, woodchuck chuckers, it's...


Saturday, Punxsutawney Phil ---  the Seer of Seers, Sage of Sages, Prognosticator of Prognosticators, and Weather Prophet Extraordinary will predict whether we will have six more weeks of winter.  According to the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club, Phil has seen his shadow 103 times, and hasn't seen it (predicting an early spring) only 18 times.  Phil's track record is hotly disputed, though he's has had a pretty good run recently.  Nevertheless, thousands will await the sunrise and the groundhog at Gobbler's Knob in the tiny Pennsylvania hamlet that has become known as the "Weather Capital of the World," due in no small part to the movie that makes every day Groundhog Day.

This is o­ne time where the Internet really fails to capture the true excitement of a movie about a large squirrel predicting the weather. However, you can see the trailer as a refresher (while BuzzFeed compiles trivia).

In 2005, Roger Ebert revisited Groundhog Day, declaring that the film "finds its note and purpose so precisely that its genius may not be immediately noticeable. It unfolds so inevitably, is so entertaining, so apparently effortless, that you have to stand back and slap yourself before you see how good it really is."

At the other end of the political spectrum, Jonah Goldberg's equally effusive movie meditation grabbed the cover of National Review: "When I set out to write this article, I thought it'd be fun to do a quirky homage to an offbeat flick, o­ne I think is brilliant as both comedy and moral philosophy. But while doing what I intended to be cursory research -- how much reporting do you need for a review of a twelve-year-old movie that plays constantly o­n cable? -- I discovered that I wasn't alone in my interest. In the years since its release the film has been taken up by Jews, Catholics, Evangelicals, Hindus, Buddhists, Wiccans, and followers of the oppressed Chinese Falun Gong movement."

Indeed, a 2004 article mentioned by Ebert (but not linked) from London's Independent observes that the Harold Ramis comedy has been hailed by some religious leaders as the most spiritual film of all time. More examples can be found at the NYT and the Christian Science Monitor.

As Phil Connors ultimately observed: "When Chekhov saw the long winter, he saw a winter bleak and dark and bereft of hope. Yet we know that winter is just another step in the cycle of life. But standing here among the people of Punxsutawney and basking in the warmth of their hearths and hearts, I couldn't imagine a better fate than a long and lustrous winter."

ACCORDINGLY, we conclude:

...with Sonny & Cher o­n Hullabaloo and famously o­n Letterman years later, plus UB40 with Chrissie Hynde, not to mention The Cynics (from the Bonograph tribute CD), and David Bowie & Marianne Faithfull.

UPDATE: Punxsutawney Phil doesn't see his shadow and predicts an early spring.

CASS McCOMBS advance streams Tip of the Sphere.

JESSICA PRATT advance streams Quiet Signs.

ROMA: The movie soundtrack includes contributions from Beck, Patti Smith, Laura Marling and more.

DEER TICK shares  a cover of Ben Vaughn's “Too Sensitive for This World,” and their own “Bluesboy.”

THE MEKONS share "Lawrence of California."

LUCY DACUS covers “La Vie En Rose.”


BOB MOULD shres a video for "Lost Faith."

BLACK SABBATH, ranked by The Guardian.

BEIRUT's Zach Condon on nine songs that inspire him.

THE SPECIALS' Terry Hall speaks of his depression after being kidnapped by a pedophile ring at age 12.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Carole King's jazzy, nuanced breakup song "It's Too Late."


NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide debut is Miss Bala, scoring 35 percent on the ol' Tomatometer. And Peter Jackson's WWI documentary, They Shall Not Grow Old, featuring restored and colorized footage, expands wide at 98 percent.

JUSSIE SMOLLETT: Chicago Police are now looking for two persons of interest to question regarding the attack on the Empire star, though there are still no suspects.

THE OSCARS, in a reversal, will feature all five nominated songs on the telecast.

KEVIN SMITH reveals details on Zack Snyder's planned Justice League trilogy. Elsewhere, he delivered an emotional tribute to Stan Lee.

SUICIDE SQUAD: The sequel is likely a "relaunch" and likely directed by James Gunn.

STARDUST will be a film about the young David Bowie, starring Johnny Flynn, Marc Maron and Jena Malone.

CBS Entertainment president Kelly Kahl talks to Deadline about the network's culture and future.

BRADGELINA: "Despite their split, Pitt and Jolie remain committed to their winemaking and are even expanding their production line, with a new bottling commemorating their estate’s significant contribution to pop music."


DUCK vs DOG: Who you got?

A STARFISH-KILLING DISEASE is remaking the oceans.

A BRITISH ZOO  is offering spurned lovers the chance to get back at their exes by naming cockroaches for them on Valentine's Day.

AN ORANGUTAN PATERNITY TEST delivered surprising results.

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The polar vortex seemingly slowed the "news," but Things.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


LEONARD COHEN plays "So Long, Marianne," circa 1979.

ELVIS COSTELLO, Live at Philly's Tower Theater, Jan. 30, 1981.

OH PEP! stops by World Cafe Next.

NUDIE MAG streams their demo

BEACH SLANG covers Bob Mould's "I Hate Alternative Rock."

INTERPOL shares "Fine Mess."

CRAIG FINN shares "Blankets," and not a moment too soon.

PETER DOHERTY & THE PUTA MADRES shares "Who's Been Having You Over."


AVEY TARE (Animal Collective) shares a video for "Saturdays (Again)."


THE BEATLES' rooftop concert was 50 years ago; here's Ken Mansfield, one of the few people who was actually with the band to witness it. ALSO: Peter Jackson has signed on to make a new film culled from the 55 hours of footage shot during the Let It Be sessions.

BACK IN BLACK? Brian Johnson reportedly confirms a new AC/DC album.

KISS: Ace Frehley has some words for Gene Simmons.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at the Honey Cone's novelty R & B jam, "Want Ads"


JUSSIE SMOLLET: Chicago Police Detectives have reviewed surveillance footage of the Empire actor, but so far none of the video shows him being attacked by two masked men.

JOHN MALKOVICH is to star in a new play inspired by the disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein - and the actor says it may "upset" people.

BRYAN SINGER was fired from Bohemian Rhapsody, but may still make 40 million.

LADY GAGA was fiercely protective of Kesha while being deposed as part of the legal battle with Dr. Luke.

THE BATMAN will feature multiple villains. Sigh. ALSO: Seems like Ben Affleck is out.

BILL AND TED may be home for Christmas.

THE CRITERION COLLECTION is launching their steaming service in April.

DICK MILLER, a prolific screen actor best known for his role as Murray Futterman in the 1984 classic horror film Gremlins, has died. He was 90. Miller is also known for roles the cult classic A Bucket of Blood, The ‘Burbs, Fame and The Terminator.


WHY won't anybody pet me?


INTERNET-FAMOUS PETS age like all the rest.

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My tauntaun will freeze before it makes the first marker, but GbV, XTC and more   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, January 30, 2019 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


999: "Homicide." You better believe it.

GUIDED BY VOICES streams he 32-song double album Zeppelin Over China.

XTC, Live at Boston’s Paradise Rock Club, January 29, 1980.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED features new tracks from Better Oblivion Community Center, Duster, Bellows, and more.


PAUL SIMON reimagines "One Man's Ceiling Is Another Man's Floor" and “Rene And Georgette Magritte With Their Dog After The War” on Colbert.

THE 30 BEST ALBUMS of 1969, according to Paste.

BLACK FLAG, ranked by Brooklyn Vegan.

JAMES INGRAM, the R & B singer who collected two Grammy Awards and a pair of No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 hits over his decades-long career, has died. He was 66.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at the The Rolling Stones' raunchy, messy rocker "Brown Sugar."


JUSSIE SMOLLETT: The  Empire star told the Chicago Police Department he was assaulted early Tuesday morning by two suspects who yelled out “racial and homophobic slurs” before the attack.

GWYNETH PALTROW is accused of a hit-and-run ski collision.

MICHAEL B. JORDAN was... caught canoodling with actress Kiki Layne.

ZACK SNYDER, who directed 2017's Justice League only to step away from movies to deal with a family tragedy, has signed on to helm Army of the Dead, a zombie horror thriller, for Netflix.

OSCAR ISSAC is the latest star in negotiations to join the Dune reboot.

ROSARIO DAWSON is set to join Zombieland 2.

LINDSAY LOHAN is back in her first film in six years, Among the Shadows.

TOY STORY 4 has a tiny trailer featuring an old character.


A BOBCAT prowls a New Boston yard.

A SHEEP, playing in the snow.

A CAT, in a rain poncho.

RAVENMASTER is a job at the Tower of London.

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