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Nanci Griffith RIP, and Monday Things.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, August 16, 2021 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


SEALS & CROFT: "Summer Breeze."

NEW RELEASES: Paste will point you to The Killers, Wednesday, Provoker and more.

BILL'S INDIE BASEMENT has Vivien Goldman, A Certain Ratio, Scritti Politti, and more.

NANCI GRIFFITH, a Grammy-winning singer and songwriter who kept one foot in folk and the other in country and was blessed with a soaring voice equally at home in both genres, died on Friday. She was 68. Here she is on Austin City Limits.

RYAN ADAMS gives his first interview in two years.

THE CURE: Bassist Simon Gallup exits; frontman Robert Smith once said it wouldn't be The Cure without Gallup.

TONY BENNETT retires from performin on "doctor's orders."

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Gloria Estefan's love ballad "Don't Wanna Lose You."


WEEKEND BOX OFFICE:  Free Guy smashed expectations with a 28.4MM debut Don't Breathe 2 placed with a surprising 10.6MM.  Jungle Cruise showed with 9MM on a 43 percent drop.  Respect, th e Aretha biopic,likely disappinted with an 8.8MM opening which demonstared the pandemic gap between the likelihood of younger vs older viewers coming to the cinema.  And The Suicide Squad flames out in fifth, making 7.75MM on a 70 percent drop in its second weekend of release.

BRITNEY SPEARS: What does the announcement from Jamie Spears that he's ready to step away from his daughter's conservatorship really mean?

EMMA STONE has closed a deal to star in the sequel to Cruella, which is one way for the House of Mouse to avoid a ScaroJo-insired lawsuit over the release strategy of the original.

WES ANDERSON's next projects adds Rupert Friend and Jason Schwartzman.

VINCENT KARTHEISER was the subject of multiple investigations for his behavior on the set of Season 3 of the HBO Max series “Titans." Not great, Bob!

THE MANY SAINTS OF NEWARK: How Alan Taylor, the bigtime TV director with an iffy big screen record, wound up taking The Sopranos prequel to the cinema.

SOUTH PARK's Trey Parker and Matt Stone are now the proud owners of Casa Bonita, the beloved Colorado restaurant featured on the show.


A PUPPY who thinks he's a bunny.

GUINEA PIGS, at rush hour.

MUNCHKIN THE DUCK has a regular Dunkin’ order.

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Elvis, Woodstock, and Friday Things.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, August 13, 2021 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



with ELVIS PRESLEY! The King died on August 16, 1977, but remains a global pop phenomenon, so it's worth a recap of highlights from his legendary career.  For the 30th anniversary, Canada's Star-Phoenix, discussing ten important parts of Elvis history worth reliving, noted: "His was a sequined coat of many colours: '50s Greaser Elvis. Military Elvis. Hollywood Elvis. Aloha from Hawaii Elvis. Vegas Elvis. And, ultimately, Dead Fat Elvis."  The BBC had friend and aide Sonny West recall life with The King. 

ACTION NEWS 5 still has its local coverage from Aug. 16-17, 1977 (here, here, here and here) on the Tube, where you can also see funeral footage from the UK.  Here's read the obit that ran the next day in the Washington Post. Elvis Presley News recaps the international headlines from the event and links to the eulogy at his funeral. On a happier note, check out what is likely the first footage taken of Elvis, with backstage shots of Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash and Buddy Holly in 1955; shades of Walk The Line!  Let's start with his performance of "Hound Dog" o­n The Milton Berle Show six months later, not o­nly because it's historic, but also because Paul Miller and I often reached for it when we would stumble into our KUSR shift at the last minute -- on the broadcast, Uncle Miltie vamped for awhile, which gave us time to pull records for the show.  He was also iconic in "Jailhouse Rock" that year.  Elvis sang a mashup of "Love Me Tender" and "Witchcraft" with Frank Sinatra when he got back from the Army.  All of his movies -- such as "Viva Las Vegas" --made money, but his musical career stalled in the 1960s until he electrified and charmed the public with his televised '68 Comeback Special (Parts One, Two, Three, Four).  1970 finds him singing "In The Ghetto" and "Suspicious Minds" in the jumpsuit, though pre-bloated.  I'm going to throw in "Little Sister" just 'cause I like it.  Sadly, in a few short years, bloated jumpuit Elvis would be delivering a wacked-out take on "Are You Lonesome Tonight?" -- though to be fair, this audio-only version from 1969 is even more demented and he knows it.  I would rather remember Jumpsuit Elvis for the signature horns that open "See See Rider."  a tribute to his enduring legacy as the fact that he could hit the charts decades after his death with a remix of "A Little Less Conversation," a video subtly recalling "Jailhouse Rock," and Paul Oakenfold's remix of "Rubberneckin'"The King may be gone, but the brand lives on, making millions and recruiting new fans under the watchful eyes of Elvis Presley Enterprises and CKX, Inc.

GREETINGS FROM GRACELAND:  It must be said, however, that Elvis Presley Enterprises did not have a good handle on the King's affairs in the years immediately following his death.  Chicago radio personalities Steve Dahl and Garry Meier won a local emmy for their 1981 comedic look at what was then a very seedy exploitation of Elvis in Memphis. (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7.)

MOJO NIXON & SKID ROPER: "Elvis Is Everywhere."


ROBERT PLANT & ALISON KRAUSS return with a cover of Randy Weeks' “Can’t Let Go.”

SOFT CELL returns after 20 years with "Heart Like Chernobyl."

ST VINCENT & CARRIE BROWNSTEIN made a mocumentary; here's the trailer.

THE MOUNTAIN GOATS: John Darnielle talks poetry and pandemics.

THE JOY FORMIDABLE: Ritzy Bryan and Rhydian Dafydd talk disintegrating dresses, Jimi Hendrix, and Indian food.

THE BEST SONGS ABOUT WHISKEY and the whiskeys to drink with them.

WOODSTOCK: On Aug. 15-17, 1969, hundreds of thousands of people gathered in a lovely natural amphitheater in Bethel (not Woodstock), NY for "three days of peace and music," including sets from Crosby, Stills and NashThe Who, Santana, Joe Cocker, Jefferson AirplaneArlo Guthrie, Canned HeatJimi Hendrix, and the proverbial many more. BONUS: The New York Times provided extensive 50th anniversary coverage. EXTRA BONUS: Woodstock skepticism from NBC News, BuzzFeedNews, and The Federalist. TRIPLE BONUS: An assessment of Creedence Clearwater Revival's largely forgotten set.

BRITNEY SPEARS: Jamie Spears has agreed it's time to step down as conservator of Britney's estate -- he just said so in new legal docs -- and he wants to work with the court on an orderly transition.

ASHTON KUTCHER & MILA KUNIS make a bath time video.

HOME ALONE is getting a reboot.

VENOM: LET THERE BE CARNAGE is moving from September 24 to October 15.

VAL KILMER's Video Past Is Our Future.

THE CHANGING WAYS Hollywood Gets Paid.

WILD INDIAN has a trailer online.

A BIRD, sewing.

BARRY THE OWL: The passing of a bloved Central Park fowl.

ANSWER THE PHONE and use all your dogs' favorite words.

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It's the one that starts with T. No, the other one.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, August 12, 2021 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


LaBELLE: "Lady Marmalade." I coulda used a little more cowbell.


COURTNEY BARNETT shres “Before You Gotta Go.”

GRAVES covers the Kenny Rogers classic, "Lucille."

THE CHARLATANS' "Tellin' Stories," remixed by The Go! Team.

THE REPLACEMENTS announce a 'Sorry Ma, Forgot To Take Out The Trash' deluxe reissue with 67 unreleased tracks.

RICKROLLING: Astley passes a billion views.

DOLLY PARTON has written a novel with James Patterson.

CHINA's Ministry of Culture and Tourism says it will create a blacklist of karaoke songs.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at New Kids On The Block's quasi-rap bubblegum attack "Hangin' Tough."


JUST FRIENDS: David Schwimmer has denied that he is dating former Friends co-star Jennifer Aniston after reports claimed they'd “grown close”. 

JEOPARDY will have two hosts, with executive producer Mike Richards daily, while Mayim Bialik will host primetime and spin-off specials.

JOEL KINNAMAN is being investigated by Swedish authorities for allegedly raping a woman -- he claims it's extortion.

OLIVIA RODRIGO: From Disney to "Driver's License."

TOM HARDY: An Encounter With a Singular Movie Star in One Winnebago and Five Parts.

JOHN WATERS: The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) yesterday announced five new board trustees, only one of whom will have a bathroom named after him at the institution.

PRISONERS OF THE GHOSTLAND, which Nicolas cage calls "way out there," has a trailer online.


A BEAR, calmly strolling down the aisles of a California grocery store.

A MOOSE FAMILY, enjoying the sprinkler.

BEWARE of the Dog.

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It's the one that starts with W.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, August 11, 2021 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


FUNKADELIC: "I Got a Thing" on Upbeat in 1970.

FLOCK OF DIMES plays a Tiny Desk Concert form home.

BIG THIEF shares "Little Things" and "Sparrow."

ANGEL OLSEN & SHARON VAN ETTEN play Kimmel unplugged.


MITCH EASTER: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview.

WOLF ALICE: Taking Success In Stride.

JASON ISBELL: "I’m just a rock singer in a rock band."

64 ESSENTIAL SKA ALBUMS, from 1964 to Now.


ALEC BALDWIN is the guy who is mad that NY Gov. Cuomo resigned.

RACHEL UCHITEL: For more than a decade, a sweeping nondisclosure agreement with Tiger Woods, brokered by Gloria Allred, has ruled her life. Now she’s ready to rip it up.

BEYONCE covers Harper's Bazaar.

HALLE BERRY talks about her directorial debut.

CHRISTINA RICCI announces she's pregnant, immediately on the heels of her finishing up a nasty divorce.

JAMES GUNN's Unexpected Rise to Mainstream Glory.

THE COEN BROTHER: If Ethan is done making movies with his brother Joel, what might that mean for future projects from each?


A GOLDEN RETRIEVER beats the heat, unexpectedly.

A WALRUS relaxes on a boat after sinking one boat and damaging a number of others.

GATOR ON THE LAM near Pittsburgh.

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It's always something. In this case, it's Tuesday.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, August 10, 2021 - 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.

TRAFFIC & STEVE WINWOOD get over three hours of discussion and analysis on Political Beats with guest Randy Barnett.

LEON BRIDGES visits with World Cafe.

THE RONNIE WOOD BAND has two Jimmy Reed covers for you.

LOW shares "Days Like These."

"WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE," in the style of The Smiths.


R.E.M.: Michael Stipe Wants to Make Mistakes.

FLEETWOOD MAC's Christine McVie, who wrote iconic hits such as ‘Little Lies’ and ‘Don’t Stop’, has become the latest artist to sell her back catalog of hits to Hipgnosis.

TEENAGE FANCLUB: "We've always resisted becoming a heritage band."

ADELE is reportedly set to join those who have undertaken their own residencies in Las Vegas.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Paula Abdul's deeply silly, deeply horny dance-pop jam "Cold Hearted."


WARNER BROS.has agreed with AMC THEATERS to return to an exclusive, 45-day theatrical window in 2022.

THE SUICIDE SQUAD: Why James Gunn Doesn't Care About Streaming.

MARVEL & DC: As the comics giants make billions from their storylines and characters, writers and artists are speaking out about their struggles for fair payment.

BRITNEY SPEARS lost bid her bid to immediately boot her dad from her conservatorship.

R. KELLY:  After several delays, the first phase of the sex trafficking trial of the R & B hitmaker started Monday with jury selection in New York City.

PRINCE ANDREW is being sued by an alleged victim of deceased sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

DWAYNE "THE ROCK" JOHNSON comes out in favor of bathing.

JENNIFER LAWRENCE: Apple and Netflix are among the deep-pocketed steaming services willing to shell out big money to land her next Oscar-baity film.

DEV PATEL: From Slumdog Millionaire's quick-witted hero to a medieval warrior in The Green Knight, he has always sought to be an everyman.

JOHNNY DEPP will receive a Donostia Award at this year’s San Sebastian film festival.

JULIE BOWEN came to the rescue of a hiker who fainted and fractured her nose at Utah’s Arches National Park.

JANE WITHERS, the former child actor who went on to star in a series of B movies that made her a box-office champion and played Josephine the Plumber” in TV commercials during the 1960s and ’70s, has died, her daughter said. She was 95.


A MASSIVE BULL MOOSE charges at a Colorado hiker in a scary POV video.

MIKE THE TIGER gets vaccinated in Louisiana.

THIS WORLD-RECORD CARP wasn't caught with a rod and reel.

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