THE RAVEONETTES' 2011 video for 2001's "The Christmas Song.
NEW RELEASES: Paste will point you toward The Who, IDLES, Emily Yacina, and more.
INDIE BASEMENT will point you to the Just Joans, Go-Betweens, Proper Ornaments and more. OLIVIA JEAN visits WNYC Soundcheck.
JOHN LENNON: "(Just Like) Starting Over." I remember when Howard Cosell delivered the bad news on Monday Night Football.
DAVE GROHL saves every paycheck and still drives a family car.
RAPHAEL SADDIQ talks to All Songs Considered about his brothers' battle with addiction, the origins of D'Angelo's "Untitled (How Does It Feel)," and what it's like to play two Tiny Desk concerts 10 years apart.
VOTING FOR ALBUMS OF THE YEAR is open at Stereogum and NPR.
THE NUMBER ONES looks at the Bee Gees' all-conquering disco howler "Night Fever."
WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Frozen II threepeats atop the chart with another 34.7MM on a 60 percent drop, in what has become the traditionally dead post-hilday weekend.It will likely break the billion-dollar mark worldwide by next weekend. Knives Out places with 14.2MM on a 47 percent drop; it's likely well in the black against a mere 40MM budget (the cast must have worked cheap). The real question is whether its legs hold up with a Jumanji and a Star Wars coming. Ford v Ferrari shows with 6.5MM on a 50 percent drop. This one could still make a bit of money, even against a 97MM budget, but awards season iay be the decifding factor in that total. Queen & Slim holds on to the fourth slot with 6.5MM on a 45 percent drop and 26MM total so far against a 20MM budget. A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood rounds out the Top Five with 5.2MM on a 56 percent drop; it has a 43MM total so far against a 25MM budget. Below the fold, this weekend's sole wide release, Playmobil, earned the grand sum of 670K from over 2000 screens. Ouch.
WONDER WOMAN 1984 has a trailer online.
CAROLL SPINNEY, who performed both Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch on Sesame Street, has died at 85.
RENE AUBERJONOIS, the original Father Mulcahy and best known for his roles in "Boston Legal" and "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine," died at his home in Los Angeles due to metastatic lung cancer. He was 79.
RON LEIBMAN, the Tony Award-winning acor who also played Rachel's dad on Friends, died Friday of pneumonia in New York City. He was 82.
ROBERT WALKER, JR., the son of actors Robert Walker and Jennifer Jones who starred as Charlie X on Star Trek, died Thursday in Malibu, his wife, Dawn, reported. He was 79.
JUICE WRLD, an up-and-coming rapper who penned the hit 2018 single “Lucid Dreams,” has died of a seizure at the age of 21.
BEYONCE is not doing a Las Vegas residency, her rep has confirmed to Variety.
NOAH BAUMBACH shares the soundtrack of his life.
HOW JOHN TRAVOLTA discovered the meaning of "awkward."
NICOLAS CAGE got his chance to play Superman, but it apparently did not work out again.
AN OSTRICH feeds from a car.
FRESHWATER MUSSELS, nature’s 'Brita Filter,’ are dying at hotspots around the country and nobody knows why.
A DOG learns to pet a cat.