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It's cold, like December.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, December 07, 2021 - 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.

SNAIL MAIL has a virtual session at The Current.

LUCY DACUS has a session up at Oxford American.

PRETTY GOOD STUFF: Bob Dylan performances from the last tour of songs from the latest album, Rough and Rowdy Ways.

NEIL YOUNG & CRAZY HORSE share "Welcome Back." (Not the John Sebastian song.)


MAC McCAUGHAN & LAURA BALLANCE discuss how they built Merge Records.


JASON ISBELL, on vaccines, Scorsese, John Prine and the wildest year of his music career.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at EMF's wigged-out, sample-heavy dance-rock rave-up "Unbelievable."


THE MATRIX RESURRECTIONS dropped a second trailer online.

DRAKE has withdrawn his two Grammy nominations, although his motivation was unclear.

TOM HOLLAND says he will star in a Fred Astaier biopic. He's already been dancing on the ceiling.

SHANG-CHI is getting a sequel.

DAVE CAHPPELL will headline a Netflix comedy festival.

COLIN FARRELL has officially signed on to star in and executive produce a series spinoff of “The Batman” in which he would again play The Penguin.

CHARLIE COX, who starred in Netflix's Daredevil, would reprise the role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, according to Kevin Feige.

GWYNETH PALTROW continues to be blissfully unaware of what's going on in the MCU.

CHRIS NOTH, on family, feuds, and Mr. Big.

DECEMBER 7, 1941: A "date which will live in infamy." I'll be watching Tora! Tora! Tora!  BTW, the first nation invaded by the US after entering WWII was Morocco, then Algeria, iirc. War is strange.


A DOGGO, making hs own fun.

THAT'S Catertainment.

GUINEA PIGS, enjoying the long grass.

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Sorta looking fwd to Monday. Likely a mistake.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, December 06, 2021 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


JON PRATT, Pate's frontman, is "Stealing five for a pork pie with Wes."

NEW RELEASES: Pitchfork has 'em, but I dunno, gang.

BILL'S INDIE BASEMENT has Modern Nature, Can, and the Bush Tetras.

TEARS FOR FEARS shares "No Small Thing."

STRING MACHINE shares "Hell Yeah."

THUNDERCAT shares "Satellite."

GROHL & KURSTIN cover Billy Joel's "Big Shot" for Hannukah.

GRANDDADDY shares  “It Was A Silent Night At Least Until Jeff Lynne Arrived.”


THE BEATLES: Get Back allows for everyone to play armchair psychiatrist.

WET LEG: They might hail from the southern coast of England, but their sound is pure West Coast charm and perverse Midwestern nonchalance.

LANA DEL REY was named Artist Of The Decade at Variety‘s Hitmakers awards show.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at "Rush Rush," the Paula Abdul ballad with the Keanu Reeves 'Rebel Without A Cause' video.


WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: In the usually sluggish post-holiday frame, Disney's Encanto tops the chart with 12.7MM on a 53 percent dropGhostbusters: Afterlife places with 10.4MM on 57 percent drop and crosses 100MM domestic.  House of Gucci shows with 6.8MM on a 53 percent drop.

SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME had the biggest first day of pre-sales on Fandango since 2019’s Avengers: Endgame.

HOW MEL BROOKS Fell for Anne Bancroft.

RIDLEY SCOTT: The 84-year-old director is a charming curmudgeon.

JACK REACHER: Amazon's series has a trailer online.

JON PETERS, in Licorice Pizza and reality.

A MUPPET FAMILY CHRISTMAS has disappeared in a cloud of licensing issues.


A CAT, taking a somersault.

A PUP, taking a barrel roll.

ANOTHER PUP, not having it.

SNAKE FIGHT results in a house fire.

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Let's have a Shindig. And the Big Ragu RIP.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, December 03, 2021 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with A CHRISTMAS SHINDIG! The full episode has gone dark, but still-available clips from 1964 include The Beach Boys' "Dance, Dance, Dance," Bobby Sherman and Donna Loren singing "Keep on Searching," the Righteous Brothers doing "The Jerk" and an awesome milk commercial, Bobby Sherman with "Sleigh Ride," Donna Loren returning with a Spector-esque, but rougher "Santa Claus is Coming to Town," and The Beach Boys returning for a set including "Little Saint Nick," "Monster Mash" (yes, really) "Papa Oom Mow Mow," "Johnny B. Goode," and "We Three Kings."


CHARLEY CROCKETT plays World Cafe.

THE HOLD STEADY covers Counting Crows' "A Long December" and plays "Chillout Tent" with Michael Imperioli.

JENNYLEE (of Warpaint) shares "Heart Tax" and "Tickles."

GROHL & KURSTIN (and Violet Grohl) cover Amy Winehouse’s “Take The Box” for Hannukah.


THE TOP 100 SONGS of 2021, according to NPR.

THE BEATLES' road manager Mal Evans will be the subject of a biography before the release of archives.

LINDSEY BUCKINGHAM: Lessons from a songwriting legend.

BIG BOI, on Kate Bush, George Clinton, drum'n'bass, and Outkast's unreleased music.


EDDIE MEKKA, the actor who played Carmine "The Big Ragu" Ragusa, the high school sweetheart of Cindy Williams’ Shirley Feeney on the hit ’70s sitcom Laverne & Shirley, has died at his home in Newhall, CA. He was 69.

MEGXIT: A British media company lost its appeal Thursday against a judge's ruling that it invaded the privacy of Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, by publishing parts of a letter she wrote to her estranged father, Thomas Markle. ALSO: Prince Harry felt slighted by Queen Elizabeth II and the rest of his family during the 2019 Christmas broadcast after his photo was removed from the table while filming.

A GAME OF THRONES PREQUEL pilot that was scrapped cost HBO 33MM.

KATHY GRIFFIN revealed that she is now cancer-free following surgery.

PAUL THOMAS ANDERSON and LICORICE PIZZA took Best Director and Best Film for this year from the National Board of Review.

NETFLIX remains blocked by a Cali appeals court from poaching executives at Disney’s Fox unit.

MOVIE STUDIO 'TRACKING" DATA is now published by The Quorum.


A SMALL GIRL, a big owl.

A REINDEER, trying to catch the train.

A CORGI makes his own fun.

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It's like an Advent calendar without the Advent.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, December 02, 2021 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


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

WET LEG plays a Tiny Desk Concert.

BROADCAST's Black Session from Paris, France — May 4th, 2000.

GROHL & KURSTIN cover Van Halen's "Jump" for Hanukkah.

BAND OF HORSES shares "In Need of Repair."

WILD PINK shares "Florida."


THE TOP 50 ALBUMS of 2021, according to NPR.

THE TOP 50 ALBUMS of 2021, according to Gorilla vs Bear

THE TOP 100 ALBUMS of 2021, according to The Quietus.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Extreme's simpering acoustic ballad "More Than Words."


ALEC BALDWIN claims that he did not pull the trigger of the gun that fired a live round on the set of the film "Rust," killing the film's cinematographer and wounding its director.

BEN AFFLECK, on the gift of second chances and feeling grateful for his imperfect life

PEOPLE MAGAZINE's People of the Year.

LADY GAGA knows how she screwed up in The Sopranos.

MARVEL'S SECRET INVASION: Cobie Smulders is set to reunite with Samuel L. Jackson.

MICHAEL B. JORDAN, profiled by THR.

THE MATRIX RESURRECTIONS: It's déjà vu al over again.


A BABY PENGUIN, getting tickled.

FOXES, getting tickled.

REINDEER, under the Northern Lights.

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Tis the Season...   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, December 01, 2021 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


U2 cover "Merry Christmas, Baby (Please Come Home)."

SONIC YOUTH: Steve Shelley Selects 10 Gems From The Band's Archive.


PHOEBE BRIDGERS covers Tom Waits' "Day After Tomorrow" for the holidays.

THE NEW PR0NOGRAPHERS are back onstage, with Neko Case and Dan Bejar.

DAVE GROHL & GREG KURSTIN cover Barry Manilow's "Copacabana" for Hannukah.


DAVID BOWIE: 10 Defining Moments From the 90s.

SLY & THE FAMILY STONE: There's A Riot Goin' On turns 50.

KACEY MUSGRAVES talks to The Current about the nonlinear stages of grief, and her upcoming appearance on Sesame Street.

LISA LOEB is voicing a commercial for insomnia drugs. Get off my lawn.


AND JUST LIKE THAT, the Sex and the City sequel has a trailer online.

THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL: Season 4 has a teaser online. I really liked the first two seasons, was a little disappointed by the third. Hope springs eternal!

BRITNEY SPEARS  says she's "on the right medication" now.

MARILYN MANSON's home was crawling with detectives from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, and it's related to his ongoing sexual assault investigations.

THE MATRIX RESURRECTIONS gets an EW cover story.

NICOLAS CAGE will play Dracula in Universal's Renfield.

GAME OF THRONES is getting another prequel, this one with a silly title.

LIVE IN FRONT OF A STUDIO AUDIENCE is doing The Facts of Life and Diff'rent Strokes with stacked casts.


A RARE DEEP-SEA ANGLERFISH, usually found at ocean depths of more than 2000 feet, was found on a beach in San Diego.

MIGRATION of Monarch butterflies.

A BLUE-FOOTED BOOBY, showing 'em off.

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