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The Winter Dance Party, Adam Weiner, The Lone Bellow, Temples   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, February 04, 2020 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

THE DAY THE MUSIC DIED.  Okay, so it was yesterday, but the passing of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson in a plane crash outside Clear Lake, IA is still bringing people to the historic Surf Ballroom, as well as the Riverside Ballroom, where the Winter Dance Party made its penultimate stop. So it's worth linking to an MPR audio feature on the Winter Dance Party and a Weekend Edition piece on Buddy Holly's old classmates.. We'll start with some video of Buddy Holly playing "That'll Be the Day," and "Peggy Sue."  There's even less video of Valens, outside this lipsync of "Ooh, My Head!", but there's rare live audio of "La Bamba" and "Donna" on the Tube. And no survey would be complete without the Bopper's signature song, "Chantilly Lace."  The tragedy has echoed through the years in movies like The Buddy Holly Story and La Bamba.  The latter featured Los Lobos, who would make "La Bamba" a hit again almost 30 years later, with Marshall Crenshaw as Holly, who can be seen here covering "Crying, Waiting Hoping", introduced by Wolfman Jack.

LOW CUT CONNIE's Adam Weiner plays a Microshow for The Current.

THE LONE BELLOW visits World Cafe.

TEMPLES visits The Current.

BAT FOR LASHES covers Don Henley’s “The Boys Of Summer.”

 

THE BOOMTOWN RATS: Let's roll out "Rat Trap" and "Someone's Looking At You" for Twofer Tuesday  .

THE BEACH BOYS: Brian Wilson and Mike Love beef again!

THE 40 BEST SONGS TO SING IN THE SHOWER, according to Paste.

SMASHING PUMPKINS will release a double album this year.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Peaches & Herb's feathery soul ballad "Reunited."

 

HAMILTON: The House of Mouse buys the movie rights for 75MM.

STAR WARS will "absolutely" have a female director in the future, Lucasfilm boss Kathleen Kennedy says. I'd joke that she should focus on getting good directors, but any random woman might do better than the last two dudes.

ZENDAYA and Jacob Elordi Prove They're More Than Just "Best Friends" With a Kiss.

MARTIN SCORSESE reveals the names of two big movies he turned down in the 80s.

QUENTIN TARANTINO on What Happened to Leonardo DiCaprio's Character After Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood.

FAST & FURIOUS 9 has a trailer online.

DOLITTLE: The making of a bomb.

 

A LION hides in a tree after being chased by a herd of 100 angry buffaloes in Kenya.

A ROVING BAND of herpes-ridden monkeys now roaming northeast Florida.

BLACK BEETLES invade Tasmanian homes.

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Andy Gill, RIP   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, February 03, 2020 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

ANDY GILL, the guitarist with Gang of Four, whose sound influenced generations of post-punk bands, has died aged 64.  Gill was a genius guitarist who burned a route out of punk. Here's the NME obit. And here's footage from his final gigs.

NEW RELEASES: Paste will point you to Drive-By Truckers, TORRES,Son Little, and more.

INDIE BASEMENT will point you to Destroyer, reissues from Cocteau Twins an Happy Mondays, plus more.

VILOENT FEMMES visit Radio Milwaukee.

THE PSYCHEDLIC FURS return with "Don't Believe."

 

THE VIOLET NINES' "Blue Sky in Brooklyn" detours onto Baker Street.

WIRE were the new Beatles?

JASON RINGENBERG on life as "the Mick Jagger of country-rock."

DESTROYER: Dan Bejar gives Fader a track-by-track guide to Have We Met.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Blondie's new-wave disco classic "Heart Of Glass."

 

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Bad Boys For Life threepeats atop the chart with 17.7MM on a 48 percent drop, becoming biggest January new release ever, with 148MM domestic so far.  1917 shows with another 9.7MM, likely benefiting from being one of the few big Oscar nominees still in wide release.  Dolittle shows with 7.7mm on a 37 percent drop, but 126.6MM worldwide isn't going to cut it against a 175MM production budget.  The expansion of Gretel and Hansel takes the fourth slot with 6MM.  The Gentlemen rounds out the Top 5 with 6MM

THE RHYTHM SECTION, which opened 10th on this weeks chart, is the lowest opening ever for a movie debuting at 3000-plus theaters.

THE BAFTAs went to these folks. Congrats, especially to Brad Pitt's speechwriterI mean, really.

HARVEY WEINSTEIN's trial just went from terrible to grotesque, nightmarish horror.

MICK JAGGER seduced Rae Dawn when she was 15, allegedly.

LORI LAUGHLIN and Mossimo Giannulli have listed their LA home for 28.7MM.

PAM ANDERSON & JON PETERS split after 12 days of wedded bliss.

OWEN WILSON is joining the Marvel universe.

 

THERE ARE SLED DOGS, and there is this dog.

DOGGOS, figuring it out.

LOVED TO DEATH: Turks and Caicos' battle to save the queen conch.

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You want a prediction about the weather, you’re asking the wrong Phil.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, January 31, 2020 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

THE GROUNDHOG DAY WEEKEND STARTS HERE (and repeats):

I got flowers...in the Spring...

First D.J.: "Rise and shine, campers and don't forget your booties 'cause it's cooooold out there today."

Second D.J.: "It's cold out there every day. What is this, Miami Beach?"

First D.J.: "Not hardly. So the big question o­n everybody's lips..."

Second D.J.: "O­n their chapped lips..."

First D.J.: "...their chapped lips is, 'Does Phil feel lucky?' Punxsatawney Phil! That's right, woodchuck chuckers, it's...

(IN UNISON): GROUNDHOG DAY!!!"

Saturday, Punxsutawney Phil ---  the Seer of Seers, Sage of Sages, Prognosticator of Prognosticators, and Weather Prophet Extraordinary will predict whether we will have six more weeks of winter.  According to the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club, Phil has seen his shadow 103 times, and hasn't seen it (predicting an early spring) only 18 times.  Phil's track record is hotly disputed, though he's has had a pretty good run recently.  Nevertheless, thousands will await the sunrise and the groundhog at Gobbler's Knob in the tiny Pennsylvania hamlet that has become known as the "Weather Capital of the World," due in no small part to the movie that makes every day Groundhog Day.

This is o­ne time where the Internet really fails to capture the true excitement of a movie about a large squirrel predicting the weather. However, you can see the trailer as a refresher (while BuzzFeed compiles trivia).

In 2005, Roger Ebert revisited Groundhog Day, declaring that the film "finds its note and purpose so precisely that its genius may not be immediately noticeable. It unfolds so inevitably, is so entertaining, so apparently effortless, that you have to stand back and slap yourself before you see how good it really is."

At the other end of the political spectrum, Jonah Goldberg's equally effusive movie meditation grabbed the cover of National Review: "When I set out to write this article, I thought it'd be fun to do a quirky homage to an offbeat flick, o­ne I think is brilliant as both comedy and moral philosophy. But while doing what I intended to be cursory research -- how much reporting do you need for a review of a twelve-year-old movie that plays constantly o­n cable? -- I discovered that I wasn't alone in my interest. In the years since its release the film has been taken up by Jews, Catholics, Evangelicals, Hindus, Buddhists, Wiccans, and followers of the oppressed Chinese Falun Gong movement."

Indeed, a 2004 article mentioned by Ebert (but not linked) from London's Independent observes that the Harold Ramis comedy has been hailed by some religious leaders as the most spiritual film of all time. More examples can be found at the NYT and the Christian Science Monitor.

As Phil Connors ultimately observed: "When Chekhov saw the long winter, he saw a winter bleak and dark and bereft of hope. Yet we know that winter is just another step in the cycle of life. But standing here among the people of Punxsutawney and basking in the warmth of their hearths and hearts, I couldn't imagine a better fate than a long and lustrous winter."

ACCORDINGLY, we conclude:

...with Sonny & Cher o­n Hullabaloo and famously o­n Letterman years later, plus UB40 with Chrissie Hynde, not to mention The Cynics (from the Bonograph tribute CD), and David Bowie & Marianne Faithfull.

PETER CASE plays the Mountain Stage.

THE MILK CARTON KIDS visit World Cafe.

PEARL JAM shares "Dance Of The Clairvoyants (Mach II)."

GREG DULLI shares “It Falls Apart.”

NICK MASON's SAUCERFUL OF SECRETS is live and "Fearless."

JAMES RIGHTON of the Klaxons shares the 70s-inflected "Edie."

 

TAME IMPALA shares "Lost In Yesterday."

WES WILSON, who helped create the trippy look associated with the second half of the 1960s through the vivid, swirling posters he made for rock shows by the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane and others, died on Jan. 24 at his home in Leanne, Mo. He was 82. Longtime Pate fans will note that Music Works owner Paul Miller befriended Wilson during his poster-collecting phase.

DESTROYER: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview.

THE 25 BEST SPACE DISCO SONGS of 1976-1986, according to Paste.

DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS: Uproxx goes inside The Unraveling.

 

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases include The Rhythm Section, which is currently scoring 31 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; and the Enlish dub release of Gretel & Hansel, scoring 60 percent. Not surprising on the weekend of the Big Game.

MEGXIT: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are supporting Canadian mental health initiatives in a big way. And the Duchess is looking for a manager or agent.

WES ANDERSON's next film has a release date.

BRAD PITT and the Beauty Trap.

HARVEY WEINSTEIN hired the private intelligence agency Black Cube in 2017, a witness at his rape trial testified, a move prosecutors said was designed to spy on his accusers and kill news stories about him.

CATS Flopped and Then Things Got Interesting.

PRINCE ANDREW's counsin defends his association with Jeffrey Epstein: “He did idiotic things. But he’s not a pedophile.”

ONCE UPON A TIME... IN HOLLYWOOD: How Tarantino recreated 1960s L.A.

MIGHTY DUCKS star Shaun Weiss has been arrested in California and charged with burglary under the influence of meth.

SAG-AFTRA Issues New Rules for Sex Scenes With ‘Intimacy Coordinators.'

THE GREEN HORNET is now in the hands of some Marvel alumni.

 

THE CHILEAN WATER FROG is struggling to survive due to pollution and habitat destruction. Here's how conservationists are trying to save it.

A MOTORIST brakes for leopards. Or does he?

RESCUED PIT BULLS save their owner's life during a robbery

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Ride, Mitski, Jimmy Eat World, Animals learning to walk.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, January 30, 2020 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

999: "Homicide." You better believe it.

RIDE visits KEXP.

MITSKI plays Austin City Limits.

JIMMY EAT WORLD plays a Tiny Desk Concert.

 

MATTHEW WILDER's awful "Break MY Stride" has become a sensation on TikTok.

THE 90 BEST ALBUMS of the 1990s, according to Paste.

THE 15 BEST DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS SONGS, according to Paste.

GREIL MARCUS revisits his original review of the Clash's London Calling.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Amii Stewart's strange, clomping surprise-hit disco cover of the soul classic "Knock On Wood."

 

WILLIAM SHATNER settled his divorce.

CLARE DANES turned down Titanic.

TOP GUN: MAVERICK had to get permission from the Navy for one of Tom Cruise's stunts.

EVERYONE AT SUNDANCE knew what Harvey Weinstein was. They should stop pretending.

COLIN FARRELL Is the Secret Weapon of The Gentlemen, which I saw this week when I had to be away from home and enjoyed a fair amount, even if i's a bit ramshackle.

 

A PUP NAMED STARFISH learns to walk.

AN INJURED LEOPARD gets massages so she can walk again.

A GROUNDHOG feasts in a veggie garden.

THIS GUY is trying to round up five tiny kittens who were just abandoned.

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The Clothes-Line Saga (Slight Return), but Things.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, January 29, 2020 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

THE MAMAS & PAPAS lip-synced "California Dreaming" really well o­n Hullaballoo, but not showing you the go-go dancers, who are worth the wait

BRITTANY HOWARD visits KEXP.

SHOVELS & ROPE visits KEXP.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: Koffee, Diet Cig, Waxahatchee, Half Waif, and More.

GUIDED BY VOICES shares “Man Called Blunder."

 

HARVEY DANGER'S Forgotten Wordplay And Songcraft.

CHRISTOPER CROSS TO BILLIE EILISH: "Welcome To The Club."

MICK FLEETWOOD on His Peter Green Tribute Show, Future Plans, and Lindsey Buckingham.

REED MULLIN, the longtime drummer for Corrosion of Conformity, has died at 53.

BOB SHANE, the last surviving member of the Kingston Trio, has died at 85.

THE NUMBER ONES ooks at the Bee Gees' wailing, unhinged big-budget disco anthem "Tragedy."

 

MILEY CYRUS & LIAM HEMSWORTH finalize their divorce.

ANNE HATHAWAY and Adam Shulman name their second son.

THE MATRIX 4: Priyanka Chopra Jonas is taking the red pill

HAS 1917 already locked up the Oscar?

 

WHO are you?

A KOALA Who Burned All 4 Paws In Fires Is So Happy To Finally Be Safe.

A WOMAN has a magical encounter with a leopard.

A WOMAN Stops Her Car To Help Dog Who Dropped His Stuffed Pig.

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