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You make me smile with my heart.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, February 12, 2021 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


VALENTINE'S DAY: I've never been a big Valentine's Day guy, but I have always liked The Replacements' "Valentine" and Elvis Costello's cover of "My Funny Valentine."  Beyond that, my thoughts typically drift to the Velvet Underground's "I'll Be Your Mirror," The Beatles' "In My Life," and the Beach Boys' "God Only Knows." I think it's probably very difficult to write a straight-ahead, universal love song, and these three are great.


BELINDA CARLISLE's Teenage Obsessions.

CHICK COREA, an architect of the jazz-rock fusion boom in the 1970s who spent more than a half century as one of the foremost pianists in jazz, died on Tuesday at home in Tampa, Fla. He was 79.  I once drove him to a gig, quite by happenstance, and he was very cool with it.

ELLIOT MAZER,  the longtime producer and engineer who helped craft albums for Neil Young, Linda Ronstadt, and the Band, among others, died at his San Francisco home on Sunday. He was 79.

THE OPPOSING VIEW:  Ever Fallen In Love? Love Stinks. Love Hurts. Love Will Tear Us Apart. Only Love Can Break Your Heart. And don't forget to give me back my black t-shirt (nsfw)

THE 100 BEST LOVE SONGS, according to The Telegraph.

THE TOP 50 LOVE SONGS, as measured by Billboard.

VH-1's 40 Awesomely Bad Love Songs.

THE WORST LOVE SONGS, according to faculty members of the University of St. Thomas’ Music Department.

NINE SONGS ABOUT SEEING YOUR EX MAKING OUT, courtesy of The A.V. Club. A hardy perennial.


SHELLEY DUVALL: The Reclusive Icon on Fleeing Hollywood and the Scars of Making 'The Shining.'

KEVIN HART's Personal Shopper Allegedly Defrauded Him Out of a Million Bucks.

DUCHESS MEGHAN MARKLE won her lawsuit against Associated Newspapers and The Mail on Sunday after her private letter was published for the world to read.

KRISTEN WIIG married longtime love Avi Rothman after they welcomed twins via surrogate in June 2020.

PAULINA PORIZKOVA: I had no money for groceries after Ric Ocasek died.

GAME OF THRONES creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are developing a series adaptation of the Richard Powers novel "The Overstory" at Netflix.

TRUE DETECTIVE may get a fourth season... without its creator.

ABRAHAM LINCOLN: Happy birthday to the 16th President of the United States. Even if you saw the Spielberg biopic, here are two things you may not have known about Honest Abe: (1) he was an early adopter of the telegraph; and (2) he once sported a punky haircut


CAT... herding.

A PUP charges up a senior doggo.

A BEAVER, eating a cabbage.

I'M STILL A PUPPY, please catch me!

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Thursday Things? How the time flies.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, February 11, 2021 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


JOHN HIATT: It's been a "Slow Turning."

MESHELL NDEGEOCELLO plays a Tiny Desk Concert.

COOL GHOULS share “The Way I Made You Cry” and “Helpless Circumstance.” The former has an early Rundgren vibe.

RYLEY WALKER shares "Rang Dizzy."


LIZ PHAIR shares "Hey, Lou," featuring puppets of Lou Reed and Laurie Anderson.

THE ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME nominations wen to these folks. Congrats!

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN was busted for drunken driving three months ago while behind the wheel at the Jersey Shore. But was it a bad bust?

CAROLE KING: Tapestry just turned 50, which I mention mostly because en route to the 2003 Pate reunion, friend of the band Craig O'Neill mentioned that no one could deny the power of Tapestry, which is correct though not a view I would have necessarily ascribed to him in college.  Here's the Pitchfork 10 review.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Starship's "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now," the Oscar-nominated synth-rock hit from the 'Mannequin' soundtrack.


CHARISMA CARPENTER,  who portrayed Cordelia Chase in the drama series Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the spin-off series Angel, accuses Joss Whedon of on-set misconduct.

ESME BIANCO (Game of Thrones) becomes the latest Marilyn Manson accuser.

ARMIE HAMMER allegedly gave Jessica Ciencin Henriquez a big bruise on her behind during their brief summer romance.

GINA CARANO, who plays Cara Dune on The Mandalorian, will no longer be on the show.

ELISABETH MOSS has joined the cast of Barry Levinson’s film about the making of The Godfather.

MICHAEL GANDOLFINI on Playing a Young Tony Soprano.

SCOOBY-DOO: Velma Dinkley is getting an "adult" spin-off series.

LARRY FLYNT, the controversial founder of Hustler magazine and president of Larry Flynt publications, has died. He was 78.


AN ELEPHANT steals a hat, then returns it.

A CAT has second thoughts.

A PUP, and a duck.

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Mary Wilson RIP, and Wednesday Things.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, February 10, 2021 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


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

MARY WILSON, the force that held the Supremes together through the episodes of tragedy and internal strife that marked the history of the most successful female pop group of the 1960s, has died at age 76.  Berry Gordy and Diana Ross were among those paying tribute.  You can watch Wilson lead on "Cant' Take My Eyes Off of You," and on Soul Train with "Floy Joy" and "I Guess I'll Miss the Man."

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED features Julien Baker, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, and more.

X countifries their 1983 song "True Love,"and team up with the Doors' Robby Krieger on "Strange Life."

JIMBO MATHUS & ANDREW BIRD share "Poor Lost Souls."

THE BEATLES' first appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show" was on Feb. 9, 1964.

PHOEBE BRIDGERS and DAVID CROSBY are having a beef.

ELVIS COSTELLO: New Year's Model, reconsidered at PopMatters.

TOO GOOD TO CHECK: How George Harrison Punk'd Phil Collins.


DEATH RIDER IN THE HOUSE OF VAMPIRES, a spaghetti Western directed by Glenn Danzig, has a trailer online.

HAPPILY, a dark comedy starring Community‘s Joel McHale and Halt and Catch Fire‘s Kerry Bishé, has a trailer online.

BRITNEY SPEARS sort of responds after the airing of the Framing Britney documentary, though she reportedly has not seen it.

SPIDER-MAN: Tom Holland discusses the rumor that Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield will be in the next Spidey-flick.

SANDRA BULLOCK joins BRAD PITT on Bullet Train.

THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF OZ looks to be getting a remake.

THE POWERPUFF GIRLS are going to live action.


'IM HERE LIVE, I'M NOT A CAT," said a lawyer having a filter mishap while attending court via Zoom.  More from The New York Times.

A SLOTH SMILES after being rescued from rush hour traffic in Rio.

A BLIND DOGGO enjoys a snowfall.

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Crazy week already, with Tuesday Things.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, February 09, 2021 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


R.E.M., playing "Radio Free Europe" and "So. Central Rain (I'm Sorry)" for their network TV debut ... and Twofer Tuesday.


MARISSA NADLER covers Johnny & Santo's "Sleep Walk," and America's "Lonely People."

NEIL YOUNG shares "Daughters," one of the previously unreleased tracks from 'Archives Vol. II.' PLUS; About an hour of live cuts, b-sides, demos, outtakes, rarities and beyond, stretching from 1969 to 2020.

SAM NEILL & JEFF GOLDBLUM try the Everly Brothers' "Bye Bye Love."

MUSIC OF THE SPHERES: Listening To Music From Three Decades.

BESSIE SMITH: A libidinous, raunchy, fearless blueswoman.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Club Nouveau's smiley new jack swing cover of the Bill Withers classic "Lean On Me."


MEGXIT: Harry will likely return to the UK this summer, while Meghan will be sitting the trip out for COVID-19-related reasons.

AARON RODGERS & SHAILENE WOODLEY are confirmed to be engaged.


OLD: M. Night Shyamalan's next movie has a trailer online.

DUNGEONS & DRAGONS: Michelle Rodriguez joins Chris Pine in the cast.

CHIWITEL EJIOFOR is set to take on the lead role in a new series based on The Man Who Fell To Earth.

THE HANDLING of Britney Spears.

TAXI DRIVER: Jodie Foster breaks down an improv scene with Robert De Niro.



PLEASE, don't stop.

DOGGO REUNIONS: Never not fun.

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Post-Big Game Monday Things.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, February 08, 2021 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


DUSTY SPRINGFIELD covers "People Get Ready."

NEW RELEASES: Paste points you to Foo Fighters, Sun June, The Staves, and more.

BILL'S INDIE BASEMENT has Oh-OK, the Weather Station, TV Priest, and more.

PHOEBE BRIDGERS played "Kyoto" and "I Know The End" in her SNL debut, including an attempted guitar smashing.


MASSIVE ATTACK: Robert Del Naja, of the Bristol pioneers, talks about the power and danger of nostalgia as well as his work collaborating with Adam Curtis.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Huey Lewis And The News' "Jacob's Ladder," an attempt at a sincere social-issues song co-written by Bruce Hornsby.


WEEKEND BOX OFFICE?  The Little Things topped the Super Bowl weekend chart with 2.1MM on a 55 percent drop; Croods: A New Age placed with 1.8MM on a 3 percent drop; and The Marksman showed with 1MM on a 20 percent drop.

CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER, the Canadian-born Shakespearean actor who starred in films including "The Sound of Music," “12 Monkeys,” “Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country” and "Beginners," died on Friday morning at his home in Connecticut. He was 91. BONUS: Captain Von Trapp, war criminal.

ARMIE HAMMER has been dropped by his agency WME amid a growing scandal involving allegations of misconduct.

COREY FELDMAN joins the list of Marilyn Manson accusers.

AARON RODGERS is engaged... to Shailene Woodley?


SUZANNE SOMERS was doing a Facebook Live makeup tutorial when it was interrupted by a home intruder.

CHEER: The troubled Netflix docuseries saw two more of its subjects arrested in separate criminal cases related to alleged sex misconduct involving minors.

IT'S NOT YOUR FAULT Your TV Doesn't Work Right.

JACK PALLADINO, a private investigator who had worked for Bill Clinton, Harvey Weinstein, R. Kelly and others, died lst week. He was 76.


A 33-YEAR-OLD BAT, humored by humans.

CATS AND DOGS, living together...

COWS figure out how to go on the lam.

MARILYN MONROWL pays homage to The Seven Year Itch.

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