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Work was so cray, but Thingsday must go on...   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, December 07, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


I FEEL TERRIBLE, especially because the true master of this domain was likely in the midst of the California wildfires on Wednesday.  As one wag quipped on Twitter: "One does not simply commute into Mordor." But I have things!

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

THE DREAM SYNDICATE stopped by The Current!


KING KRULE played a Tiny Desk Concert, and Jon Pratt digs it.

SUFJAN STEVENS shares a song about "Tonya Harding."


FATHER JOHN MISTY shares a video for the 13-minute epic, "Leaving LA."

JOHNNY HALLIDAY, France's biggest rock star, has died after a battle with lung cancer. He was 74.

DAVID BOWIE snag with DEVO, and the tapes likely exist.

JIMI HENDRIX gets another posthumous release, including 10 previously unheard recordings.

25 GREAT EPs from 2017, according to Stereogum.


STAR WARS: Princess Leia is the most popular character, Americans continue to prefer the originals, and more statistics.

CASABLANCA: The accidental classic turns 75. Here's looking at you, kid.

HARVEY WEINSTEIN: Six women have filed a proposed class action lawsuit against disgraced Hollywood mogul and his former company members.

JEFFREY TAMBOR now says he has not quit Transparent and has no plans to do so.

JENNIFER LAWRENCE gave a wide-ranging interview to Oprah.

EDGAR WRIGHT teases a sequel to Baby Driver.

DEXTER FLETCHER replaces BRYAN SINGER as director of Bohemian Rhapsody.

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.


AGGRESSIVE MANTIS SQUAD prepares for glory.

MOUNTAIN LIONS are so scared of humans that the sound of talk radio sends them running. Same, tbh.

SERVICE DOG causes chaos at Cats performance.

MUTANT RATS could be released in Britain to solve a rodent problem.  I'm sure it's fine.

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Grizzly Bear, Bootsy Collins, Springtime Carnivore, Squirrel Threat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, December 06, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


U2 cover "Merry Christmas, Baby (Please Come Home)," ripped from the premiere, for extra retro goodness.

GRIZZLY BEAR stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

BOOTSY COLLINS stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

SPRINGTIME CARNIVORE covers Marshall Crenshaw and The Korgis for Aquarium Drunkard.

BEST COAST covers the Beach Boys' "Little Saint Nick."

TY SEGALL covers Hot Chocolate's "Every 1’s A Winner."


ST VINCENT performs "Slow Disco" in a fake church on Fallon.

NEIL YOUNG put his entire catalog online, free, at high quality. (minus the Geffen records, iirc)

RONNIE SPECTOR talks to Aquarium Drunkard about her amazing career in pop music.

VICTORIA WILLIAMS is profiled by All Songs Considered.

THE TOP 50 LPs of 2017, according to Stereogum.


DANNY MASTERSON has been booted from The Ranch, Netflix just announced, because of multiple rape allegations, but the actor vehemently denies the claims. Was this awkward moment the tipping point?

DUSTIN HOFFMAN & JOHN OLIVER sparred over sex harassment claims during a Q & A intended as a prologue to a 20th-anniversary screening of the film Wag the Dog.

HARVEY WEINSTEIN's Complicity Machine.

WHY DID BRYAN SINGER leave Bohemian Rhapsody? Experts claim to be baffled.

TERRY CREWS is suing the agent he claims groped him at a Hollywood party.

GOTTI: Lionsgate sold the John Travolta-starring mafia pic back to its producer just 10 days before its release date.

PRINCE WILLIAM is slated to take on the role as Prince Harry's best man in his 2018 wedding to Meghan Markle.

STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI may include a surprise cameo; Spoiler Warning, obvsly.

QUENTIN TARANTINO hatching a Star Trek movie?

FOX BOSS James Murdoch is reportedly being considered as a potential successor to Bob Iger, chief executive of Walt Disney, if the two companies reach agreement on a possible takeover.

CHRISTINE KEELER, the model embroiled in the 1963 Profumo affair, has died aged 75, her son has said.


THE SQUIRREL THREAT: A militant rodent tried to steal Christmas.

A DOG in western Wisconsin brought home partial remains of a human skull Sunday.

A GIANT WOLF-COYOTE HYBRID has been spotted ‘hunting' a woman outside her home.

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Mountain Goats, Luna, Ted Leo, Cults, Squirrel Threat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, December 05, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


GLAM XMAS:  Wizzard's awesome "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day" and Slade's "Merry Christmas Everybody" (1973's UK Xmas No. 1) are your Twofer Tuesday.

THE MOUNTAIN GOATS, Live at Brooklyn Steel, November 12, 2017.

LUNA stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

TED LEO plays a Tiny Desk Concert.

CULTS & CHRISTOPHER OWENS cover Hideout's "I Got Your Message."


FRANZ FERDINAND shares a video for “Always Ascending.”

CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL get an 82-minute discussion on Political Beats, with guest journalist Philip Wegmann.

FLEET FOXES' Robin Pecknold takes Stereogum on an ill-fated Icelandic road trip.

THE TOP 100 TRACKS of 2017, according to The Guardian.

BONO offered to write a protest song for...Unilever?


STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI posted a fight training video.

ALTERED CARBON drops a teaser trailer.

BRYAN SINGER has been fired from the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody.

HOUSE OF CARDS  will be returning for its final season without star Kevin Spacey

RIDLEY SCOTT's plans for the next Alien movie are all about artificial intelligence.

PRINCE HARRY & MEGHAN MARKLE get b-a-n-a-n-a-s.

KRISTEN BELL will be the first-ever host of the SAG Awards.


THE SQUIRREL THREAT A militant rodent stashed all of his pine cones under a motorist's hood.


DOG SHOOTS MAN in Iowa hunting accident.

RACCOON imitates Winnie-the-Pooh.

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Spoon, Buckingham & McVie, Walter Martin, Possum   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, December 04, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


DIRTY PROJECTORS share a video for the epic "Up in Hudson."

SPOON plays a mini-set on CBS This Morning.

LINDSEY BUCKINGHAM & CHRISTINE McVIE stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

WALTER MARTIN (Walkmen) plays a Tiny Desk Concert. With a barbershop quartet.

THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS share "Last Wave."

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

WILCO's Jeff Tweedy and John Stirratt recently sat down together for a chat with journalist and Being There Deluxe liner notes writer Steven Hyden to talk about the band, then and now.

CHRIS STAPLETON talks to All Things Considered about the litmus test he has for old songs he has written and why his music is connecting with audiences now.

WOLF ALICE is profiled by the Illinois Entertainer.

THE BEST BAND MERCH of 2017, according to Pitchfork.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Coco repeats atop the chart with 26.1MM, down 49 percent, a drop consistent with recent Disney holiday releases, butmeaning it will come in at the lower end of Pixar flicks. Justice League holds the scecond spot with 16.6MM on a 60 percent drop, more bad news for the WB.  Wonder also repeats, with the surprise hit taking in another 12.5MM on a 45 percent drop; it will likely cross 100MM domestic by next monday, which no one predicted.  Thor: Ragnarok repeats in the fourth slot with another 9.7MM on a leggy 43 percent drop as it closes in on 300MM domestic.  And rounding out the Top Five, Daddy's Home continues to edge out Murder on the Orient Express with 7.8MM, though the latter edges the former in total withadult sales during the week.

BRYAN SINGER is "unexpectedly unavailable" to finish directing the Queen biopic.  I'm sure it's just about his heath.

MATT LAUER's long-suffering wife Annette Roque has fled their home and is rumored to have headed back to her native Netherlands amid his sex harassment scandal.  When executives asked Lauer about possible misconduct, he said he was “racking his brain and couldn’t think of anything at all."

JAMES LEVINE, the legendary Metropolitan Opera conductor, allegedly molested a teenager for years.

GERALDO RIVERA apologized to Bette Midler after she accused him earlier this week of drugging and groping her in the 1970s.

PAMELA ANDERSON told Megyn Kelly that the women who were sexually abused by Harvey Weinstein might not have been victimized if they were just more careful with him.

JOHN HOCCKENBERRY, "retired" public radio icon,is accused of sex harassment.

JORDAN PEELE & GRETA GERWIG talk about successful directorial debuts.

STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI director Rian Johnson reveals the first word in Episode VIII.

CHRIS PRATT officially filed for divorce from Anna Faris.

KALEY CUOCO is getting married to longtime bf Karl Cook.

AMANDA SEYFRIED is dating a real estate exec.

THE WINKLEVOSS TWINS may have lost on Facebook, but won on Bitcoin.

A POSSUM apparently drank bourbon after breaking into a Florida liquor store, sobered up at a wildlife rescue center and was released unharmed.

A SOGGY WOMBAT is rescued from a storm drain Down Under.

THE GAVLE GOAT has a livecam, at least until someone burns it down, per usual.

THE PENGUIN EXHIBIT in Yulin City in China's southern Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Regionturned out to be inflatable.

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Elton John, Billy Corgan, Joanna Warren, Robert Finley, Long-Lost Dog   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, December 01, 2017 - 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."

BILLY CORGAN played a Tiny Desk Concert.

JOANNA WARREN plays an acoustic Stereogum Session.

ROBERT FINLEY, a self-taught bluesman and soulful vocalist from Bernice, Louisiana, streams Goin’ Platinum!

NICHOLAS KRGOVICH streams In An Open Field.

THE AUTUMN DEFENSE (incl Wilso's John Stirratt and Pat Sansone) shared a mixtape at Aquarium Drunkard.

WOLF ALICE covers Eartha Kitt's "Santa Baby."

DAMIEN JURADO covers Vince Guaraldi’s yuletide classic, “Christmas Time Is Here.”

OKKERVIL RIVER shares  “What Friends Do.”  It sounds weirdly like the Young Fresh Fellows or Minus 5.

CRAIG FINN covers The Mountain Goats' "Fault Lines."

TOM JONES covers the Elmore James blues burner "Done Somebody Wrong".

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

RADIOHEAD confirmed that they will not be attending next year’s Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame ceremony, even if they are to be inducted.

THE BEASTIE BOYS' Ad-Rock believes sexual misconduct allegations against his father.

THE 50 BEST SONGS of 2017, according to Rolling Stone.  Also the albums.

NOW SHOWING: There are no new wide releases this weekend.

ZACH SNYDER will continue to be involved with the DCU, but will he direct another DC movie for Warner Bros.?

MATT LAUER apologized for some of his behavior and admits there is “enough truth” to the allegations to feel ashamed in a statement timed for the TODAY show broadcast. Meredith Vieira once brought up a “bag of sex toys” she once found in Lauer's office — and you gotta see how Matt tap danced out of the awkward convo.

RUSSELL SIMMONS is accused of sexually assaulting screenwriter Jenny Lumet.  He will step down from the leadership of the businesses he's founded.

BETTE MIDLER says Geraldo Rivera drugged and 'groped' her in the 1970s and never apologized.

JESSICA CHASTAIN talks post-Weinstein Hollywood.

MEGHAN MARKLE: The Prince's fiancée won't be fast-tracked to UK citizenship.

CHRIS EVANS & JENNY SLATE, together again?

JIM NABORS, the Alabama-born comic actor who starred as TV’s dim but good-hearted Southern rube Gomer Pyle and constantly surprised audiences with his twang-free operatic singing voice, died Thursday. He was 87.

THIS LONG-LOST DOG gets a surprise reunion.

DOGS are brainier than cats, according to a new study.

NYC RATS can be DNA mapped as uptown and downtown rats.

DINOSAURS: Fluffier than we thought.

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