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Wednesday Things, while I put my Holiday Mix together.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, December 16, 2020 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


DARLENE LOVE's final "Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home)" for Letterman.

LIT UP LIKE A CHRISTMAS TREE, Vols. 1 & 2:  A Vintage Holiday Mixtape.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED features lovely Ludwig Van.

LANA DEL REY sings “Let Me Love You Like A Woman” for Fallon. And sports a big ring.

THE 35 BEST ROCK LPs of 2020, according to Pitchfork.

THE TOP 20 DEBUTS of 2020, according to NME.

MEGXIT: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have signed a multiyear deal with Spotify to host and produce podcasts for the streaming platform.

TOM CRUISE enforces the COVID rules on set.

DAVID CHAPPELLE now has HBOMax pulling his show off the service.

JEFF BRIDGES shares a health update following his lymphoma diagnosis.

SHARON OSBOURNE is recuperating from COVID away from Ozzy.

MICHAEL JACKSON's estate won an appeal that allows it to pursue arbitration after claiming the creators of Leaving Neverland violated a non-disparagement clause.

GEORGE LUCAS defends the prequels' dialogue.

A CHEEKY BABY ELEPHANT tries to hide behind a light pole after being caught eating sugarcane in a field in Thailand.

THIS GUIDE DOG is a sneak.

THIS CROCODILE is all of us getting through 2020.

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Kim Wilde, and Tuesday Things among the holiday crush.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, December 15, 2020 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


KIM WILDE drunkenly warbles "Kids In America" and "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" on the subway.

LOUDON WAINWRIGHT III visits with World Cafe.

BRUCE HORNSBY also visits with World Cafe.

LOU BARLOW covers Kacey Musgraves' "Glittery."


BLOODSHOT RECORDS at the crossroads. (Thx Scott)

THE BEST LPs of 2020, according to Discogs.

THE TOP 40 POP SONGS of 2020, according to Stereogum.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Patti LaBelle & Michael McDonald's wailing breaking duet "On My Own."


JUSTICE LEAGUE: The Snyder Cut will also be shown theatrically, with Batman dropping an F-bomb.

MEGXIT: Meghan Markle has prompted fury from the palace by enlisting Oprah Winfrey to help flog a vegan coffee she has invested in.

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY: Star-Lord is bisexual and polyamorous... in the comics.

DAKOTA JOHNSON is fueling rumors that she's engaged to boyfriend Chris Martin.

THE SOPRANOS' surviving cast will read a new sketch for charity.

CHER is profiled at The Guardian.


ANN REINKING, the Tony Award-winning actor, dancer and choreographer who is perhaps best known for playing the role of Roxie Hart in 1977's Chicago, has died at 71.


DON'T ARGUE with a goat.

ROCKY (1976).

MORNING WASH-UP for the pup.

A FALCON -- or is it a hawk -- has head stabilization skills.

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New Releases, Indie Basement, and y'know, Monday Things.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, December 14, 2020 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


SHARON JONES & THE DAP-KINGS are dreaming of a "White Christmas."

NEW RELEASES: Pitchfork will point you to Taylor Swift, The Avalanches, and more.

BILL'S INDIE BASEMENT has Guided by Voices, Osees, Brigid Dawso, and more.

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN brought two of his new songs to SNL.


CHARLEY PRIDE, the first major Black star in country music, dies at 86 of covid-19.

SHARON VAN ETTEN: So, How Was Your 2020?

THE 50 BEST LPs of 2020, according to NME.

THE 50 BEST SONGS of 2020, according to Paste.


WEEKEND BOX OFFICE?  No new releases this weekend, but Croods: New Age threepeats atop the chart with 3MM on a 32 percent drop; Half Brothers places with 490K on a 30 percent drop; and the re-reease of Elf showed with 390K.

JUDD APATOW thinks the HBOMax deal showed a stunning disrespect to creators.

THIS BLOCKBUSTER Is Coming to a Living Room Near You.

HOWARD STERN is a Scrooge, according to ex-staffers.

BEHIND THE MUSIC: The Muppet Christmas Carol.

THE 50 BEST TV THEMES, according to Paste.

TOM CRUISE'S Holiday Cake is a Hollywood status symbol.

FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA talks to Vulture about Mario Puzo’s The Godfather, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone and much, much more.

JOHN le CARRE, whose exquisitely nuanced, intricately plotted Cold War thrillers elevated the spy novel to high art by presenting both Western and Soviet spies as morally compromised cogs in a rotten system full of treachery, betrayal and personal tragedy, died on Saturday in Cornwall, England. He was 89.


AS SKATEBOARDING DOGS GO, this one is pretty good.

HITLER'S PET ALLIGATOR will be stuffed for posterity and put on display at Moscow’s Darwin Zoo.

A DOGGO, taunted by a groundhog eating pizza.

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Aimee Mann, and I'm still playing catch-up on "news."   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, December 11, 2020 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with AIMEE MANN's CHRISTMAS CAROL (profanity warnings): Part One has your Scrooge-y set-up with Michael Penn. Part Two features The Office's John Krasinski. Part Three has Michael Cera. Part Four has John C. Reilly.


MUZZ is streaming their Covers EP.

KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD share "If Not Now, Then When?"

THE ROLLING STONES are turning into an FX series written by Nick Hornby.

JON BON JOVI covered "Fairytale Of New York" and The Pogues don't like it.

JIM MORRISON'S final concert did not go well, 50 years ago.

2020's BEST HOLIDAY MUSIC, according to The AV Club.


THE HOUSE OF MOUSE plans 10 more Star Wars series and 10 more Marvel shows.And here's a preview of one.

DUNE director Denis Villeneuve blasts the HBOMax deal.

HARRISON FORD is donning his hat and whip once again, reprising his role as Indiana Jones for the fifth and final movie directed by James Mangold.

RACHEL McADAMS will reprise her role in the next Doctor Strange film.

ELLEN DeGENERES has the coronavirus.

PATTY JENKINS, director of the Wonder Woman movies, is not a fan of Joss Whedon's Justice League.

THE OFFICE's Brian Baumgartner, who played the chili-loving accountant Kevin Malone on the NBC sitcom, is set to earn more than a million bucks from making Cameo videos.

FRANCES McDORMAND is profiled at Vogue.

NOBODY, starring Bob Odenkirk in a revenge flick, has a trailer online.

DAVID FINCHER's habit of doing huge numbers of takes continued on Mank.

TINY LISTER, a longtime character actor best known for playing the menacing neighborhood bully in Ice Cube and Chris Tucker’s comedy “Friday,” has died at 62.


REINDEER, under the Northern Lights.

THE GREAT ESCAPE, with a hamster.

ANTEATER ON THE LAM, found after 3 months.

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So, all hell broke loose at work, but here are a few Things.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, December 10, 2020 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



HAYLEY WILLIAMS plays a Tiny Desk Concert of new material, with Julien Baker on guitar.

JOSE FELICIANO's 50th anniversary performance of "Feliz Navidad."

YO LA TENGO announce a virtual Hannukah show.

LARGEHEARTED BOY's Favorite Albums of 2020.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Whitney Houston's showstoppig big-swing ballad "Greatest Love Of All."

INSIDE JOHNNY DEPP's Self-Made Implosion.

THE HOUSE OF MOUSE will be announcing "A significant expansion of the ‘Star Wars' universe" during today's Investor Presentation.

SPIDER-MAN 3... with Charlie Cook as Daredevil?

MERYL STREEP is underrated?


SCOTT PILGRIM vs THE WORLD, Revisited at 10.

A BIRD swallows a baby alligator whole.

A BUSH BABY gets a treat.

A HORDE OF HUNGRY RATS besieged an Upper Manhattan Chipotle restaurant, going after avocados and employees.

More tomorrow, I hope.

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