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It's Wednesday. Again.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, August 12, 2020 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



FUNKADELIC: "I Got a Thing" on Upbeat in 1970. The intro and outro are almost as good as the song.

THE LONE BELLOW plays for The Colorado Sound.

UNLOADED: Aquarium Drunkard has an alternate version of The Velvet Underground's Loaded via some tasty live recordings, rehearsal tapes, backstage jams and other obscurities.

THE MOUNTAIN GOATS return (already!) with "As Many Candles As Possible."

THROWING MUSES share "Frosting."

THE EELS share "Baby Let's Make It Real."


IDLES share a video for "Model Village" directed by Michel Gondry.

CHRISSIE HYNDE of the Pretenders talks demos, songwriting and more.

CEE LO GREEN, offering up lessons from the past for the kids of the future.

20 ESSENTIAL GRATEFUL DEAD SHOWS, according to David Fricke.

THE 100 BEST SPRINGSTEEN SONGS, according to Steven Hyden.


TRINI LOPEZ, the pop singer and guitarist who also acted in Robert Aldrich's "The Dirty Dozen," died Tuesday of complications from COVID-19.

HAMILTON dwarfed anything on Netflix at the time.

THE ROCK shared a Black Adam teaser trailer.

THE FRESH PRINCE OF BEL AIR is rebooting as a drama?

STAR TREK is on the back burner at Paramount.

RUBY ROSE explains quitting Batwoman.

EYES WIDE SHUT, but with Woody Allen or Bill Murray.

CLINT EASTWOOD: Breaking Down a Totally Unique Career.



A MASSIVE SNAKE on an NYC subway platform.

WILD BEAVERS have a huge victory in England.

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A Pandemic, A Riot, A Derecho, and yet... Tuesday Things.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, August 11, 2020 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


TOM JONES sung "It's Not Unusual" and "If He Should Ever Leave You" on Canadian Idol, which opened with some great archival footage.

LINDSEY BUCKINGHAM sings a four-song acoustic set, his first public set since suffering vocal chord damage after heart surgery.

AMANDA SHIRES & JASON ISBELL cover Bon Iver, Richard Buckner, and Derek & The Dominos.

THE WHO, Live at Shea Stadium, 1982.

GLENN MERCER covers the Velvet Underground's "Here She Comes Now," one of the few VU tunes not covered by Mercer's band, The Feelies.


TED LEO and friends cover The Replacements' "Kids Don't Follow." (NSFW.)

THE ROLLING STONES and... The War on Drugs?

THE SOUND: An underrated post-punk combo fronted by Adrian Borland.

18 MUST-HEAR FOLK LPs of 2020 (So Far), according to Brooklyn Vegan.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Van Halen's strutting, preening synth-rocker "Jump."


CHRIS PRATT & KATHERINE SCHWARZENEGGER welcomed their first child together.

KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON: Scorsese's Western, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro, starts filming in February.

ANTONIO BANDERAS tested positive for the coronavirus.

SIMON COWELL is lucky not to be paralyzed after a horrific bike crash, breaking his back in three places.

ANGELINA JOLIE asked Monday that the private judge overseeing her divorce from Brad Pitt be disqualified from the case because of insufficient disclosures of his business relationships with one of Pitt’s attorneys.

MacGRUBER is coming to Peacock as a series.

SHIA LeEBEOUF may be coming to the MCU.

TRON 3: Garth Davis has been tapped to direct the pic starring Jared Leto.

ZAC EFRON is on board to star in a Three Men and a Baby remake.


CAT vs DOG: The eternal struggle.

MARU & HANA working differnt containers.

NO KEVIN, DON'T... not until we know what it wants.

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New Releases, Indie Basement, Robyn Hitchcock, and Monday.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, August 10, 2020 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


PILOT works their "Magic" on TOTP.

NEW RELEASES: Paste will point you to Jason Moina, Glass Animals, The Microphones (Phil Elverum) and more.

BILL'S INDIE BASEMENT has Billy Nomates, Ganser, a New Order box set, and more.

ROBYN HITCHCOCK puts out a collection of demos and rarities, incl a cover of Pink Floyd's "Arnold Layne."

DAVE GROHL joins INARA GEORGE for "Sex in Cars."


TANYA DONNELLY talks about her new covers album.

THE BEST EPs of 2020 (So Far) according to Paste.

ELLIOT SMITH's TOP 10, according to PopDust.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Culture Club's early-MTV staple "Karma Chameleon."


"WEEKEND BOX OFFICE": The Tax Collector topped the chart with 317K.

SIMON COWELL broke his back after falling off an electric bike at his Malibu home on Saturday.

GHISLAINE MAXWELL was “giddy as a schoolgirl” after performing oral sex on actor George Clooney in a bathroom at a show business event, according to a report Friday.

KRISTEN WIIG talks about taking on two life-changing roles this year: Wonder Woman's nemesis, and new mom. 

BEN AFFLECK has signed on to direct The Big Goodbye, the behind-the-scenes story of the 1974 film noir classic Chinatown.

KNIGHT RIDER may get a big screen reboot from James Wan.

MADONNA & DIABLO CODY are writing a screenplay.

CADDYSHACK AT 40: A Swan Song For Boomer Innocence?


A TINY PUPPER who couldn't stand on her own learns how to run.

WHAT NOT TO DO when a bear attacks.

GEESE, set to The Imperial March.

THIS SEAGULL is obviously an experienced shoplifter.

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John Hughes, andThursday Things.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, August 06, 2020 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with JOHN HUGHES! The sportos, motorheads, geeks, sluts, buds, wasteoids, dweebies and dickheads, they all adore him. They think he's a righteous dude. The writer/director behind Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Weird Science, National Lampoon's Vacation movies, Home Alone, Planes, Trains & Automobiles and many more died Aug 6, 2009.  Hughes masterfully married music to movies, so I pay video tribute to him today, starting (of course) with "Don't You Forget About Me" by Simple Minds from The Breakfast Club (the drumming o­n this song is impeccable), and Karla DeVito's "We Are Not Alone," along with the Ramones playing "Blitzkrieg Bop" (from National Lampoon's Vacation), David Bowie's "Young Americans" and The Vapors o­ne-hit wonder, "Turning Japanese" and Billy Idol's "Rebel Yell" (all from Sixteen Candles, which opens to a clip of veteran WLS DJs Larry Lujack and Tommy Edwards), Van Halen's cover of "(Oh) Pretty Woman" and General Public's "Tenderness" (both from Weird Science), the Psychedelic Furs re-recorded title track from Pretty In Pink, which also featured Jon Cryer lip-synching to Otis Redding's "Try A Little Tenderness" (that last clip is a blistering live take from the 1967 Stax tour -- and excellent, btw), The Smiths' "Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want" (a Hughes perennial; here, the Dream Academy cover from FBDO), and OMD's "If You Leave," plus two more from Ferris Bueller's Day Off, "Danke Schoen" and "Twist and Shout" (which was shot o­n Dearborn and Randolph Streets in Chicago, with International Polka Queen Vlasta atop the float, though Cameron and Sloane were in front of the Post Office down the street), plus Yello's unforgettable-no-matter-how-you-try "Oh, Yeah." Videos are scarce for Some Kind of Wonderful, but I found Flesh for Lulu's "I Go Crazy" and the March Violets' take on the Stones' "Miss Amanda Jones."  BONUS: Molly Ringwald's post-MeToo re-evaluation of the films that made her career.


DIRTY PROJECTORS visit with World Cafe.

BON IVER shares "AUATC," with contributions from Bruce Springsteen, Jenny Lewis and others.

CREAM syncs "I Feel Free" at the Beat Club.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at former prog overlords Yes's unlikely synth-rock blockbuster "Owner Of A Lonely Heart."

REN & STIMPY are getting rebooted with a new creative team.

PRINCE ANDREW faces fresh allegations in newly released court documents in the Jeffrey Epstein case.

BEN AFFLECK & ANA de ARMAS can't keep their hands off each other.

ZOE SALDANA apologizes for playing Nina Simone.

I AM WOMAN: A Helen Reddy biopic has a trailer online.

JAKE PAUL was raided by the FBI.

WHO'S THE BOSS? A sequel with Tony Danza and Alyssa Milano is in the works.

COYOTE UGLY: An Oral History.

THE FIRST ATOMIC BOMB WAS DROPPED ON HIROSHIMA on this date in 1945. The act that ushered in the nuclear age, but also helped end World War II, still stokes controversy. Three men involved in the attack o­n Hiroshima share their memories with the BBC. Film showing the effects of the attack was classified for decades, as were the complete (unredacted) "Magic" military intercepts, which tend to show Japan was not about to surrender. Those interested in a relatively neutral view of the events leading to the bombing could do worse than 1995's Hiroshima, a joint Canadian-Japanese production for Showtime.  Hard to find tho. 

A FERRET and a ball drop.

A CAT jumps a stream in slo-mo.

ANOTHER CAT escaped prison after being found with two grams of heroin, two SIM cards, and a memory chip hidden in a plastic bag tied to its collar.

A SQUIRREL, stymied by an escalator.

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Wednesday arrives right on schedule.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, August 05, 2020 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


FATBOY SLIM: When your "Weapon of Choice" is Walken.

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN's post-River catalogue gets over three and a half hours of discussion anad analysis on Political Beats.


STEELY DAN: Radio, Sessions, and Live.

WHITNEY covers David Byrne and Brian Eno's "Strange Overtones".


JIM JAMES, JULIEN BAKER, COLIN MELOY, GRACE POTTER,ANDREW BIRD and many more cover the Burt Bacharach/Hal David classic "What the World Needs Now is Love."

NICK CAVE discusses writer's block.

THE KILLERS' legal team was "unable to find any corroboration" of sexual assault claims after conducting investigation, calls them "entirely unfounded."

NEIL YOUNG sues Donald Trump's campaign for using his music.

UB40 singer Duncan Campbell has been hospitalized after suffering a stroke.


MULAN will forgo its planned theatrical release, premiering on Disney Plus on Sept. 4 for a premium rental price.

RATCHED has a trailer online.

THE BOYS: Season 2 has a NSFW trailer online.

JURASSIC PARK: DOMINION will be the best yet, according to Sam Neill.

HARRY SHEARER questioned The Simpsons' decision to voice cast by race.

RYAN REYNOLDS, on Deadpool, diversity, and the secrets of successful marketing.

JASON ISSACS talks to The Big Issue about his battle with addiction in a candid Letter to My Younger Self.

RENI SANTONI, who played the rookie partner of Clint Eastwood's maverick detective in Dirty Harry, and an unsanitary pizza guy on Seinfeld, has died. He was 82.


ZOMBIE CICADAS get hijacked by a mind-controlling fungus that eats their genitals.

THE IOWA BUTTER COW's uncertain future has been clarified.

ALL OF US, trying to get through 2020.

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