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Power Pop, and Friday Things.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, May 29, 2020 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


...with POWER POP! A few of these may be known generally, like Cheap Trick's "Way of the World" and Nick Lowe's "Cruel to Be Kind"... and some well-known to fans of the genre, like Dwight Twilley's "I'm On Fire," Shoes "Too Late," The Records' "Starry Eyes," the Flamin' Groovies' "Shake Some Action" and the Plimsouls'  "A Million Miles Away" (seen here in a rare live slot).  Others are well-known to longtime Pate fans, like the Three O'Clock's "Her Head's Revolving" or Let's Active's "Waters Part."

RADIOHEAD, Live at the Astoria, May 1994. Kinda legendary among fans.

CHICANO BATMAN visit World Cafe.

HAR MAR SUPERSTAR plays at Sounds Like Home.

NEIL YOUNG's Homegrown is finally coming out, but a number of songs already made it into Neil's setlists over the tears.

SHIRLEY COLLINS shares "Wondrous Love."

GLENN TILBROOK of Squeeze covers Sly and the Family Stone's "Everyday People."


NICOLE ATKINS explores the Jersey Shore by way of Muscle Shoals.

GANG OF FOUR shares "Forever Starts Now," while Andy Gill's widow suggests he dies from COVID-19.

THE BOOMTOWN RATS probably could have promoted themselves better.

ROXY MUSIC: How the Bryan/Brian schism worked.

BRAM TCHAIKOVSKY: "Girl Of My Dreams" and "Lady From the USA", live. Because it's Power Pop Friday, of course.


MARTIN SCORSESE's Quarantine Diary Film.

QUENTIN TARANTINO picks the top film of the 2010s.

ELMO debuts a late-night talk show on HBO Max.

JOHN WICK originally had a different title, but Keanu Reeves kept messing it up.

HENRY CAVILL probably isn't done with Superman.

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF is headed to the big screen again.

FRIENDS' parties, ranked at The Ringer.


BEWARE Of The Dog.

FUZZY GREEN "GLACIER MICE" baffle scientists.

22 GIANT TEDDY BEARS ride a roller-coaster in the Netherlands.

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And I was Thursday's child (oh oh)   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, May 28, 2020 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


FOUNTAINS OF WAYNE play "It Must Be Summer" unpluggedy.

WIRE plays a Tiny Desk Concert.

CAR SEAT HEADREST's Will Toledo played some catalog and some covers on Twitch.

THE LEMON TWIGS share "Moon."

JAPANDROIDS share "Heart Sweats" from their upcoming live LP.

BRIGHT EYES shares “One and Done."


WEYES BLOOD shares a new video for "Wild Time."

PHOEBE BRIDGERS: The Making of Punisher.


LED ZEPPELIN will be streaming their 2012 concert film Celebration Day for free this weekend.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at the J. Geils Band's horny, rowdy party-rock singalong "Centerfold."


DISNEY WORLD has tentatively set its reopening dates, pending government approval, and announced a series of initiatives in the park to mitigate the spread of Coronavirus.

CHRISTOPHER NOLAN explains why he crashed a real 747 for Tenet.

TOM CRUISE will be working with director Doug Liman (“Edge of Tomorrow” and “American Made”) in outer space.

JUSTICE LEAGUE: The Snyder Cut is more expensive than you think.

INDIANA JONES 5: What we know so far.

LABYRINTH: The sequel will be directed by Scott Derrickson (Doctor Strange).

LARRY KRAMER, the noted writer whose raucous, antagonistic campaign for an all-out response to the AIDS crisis helped shift national health policy in the 1980s and ’90s, died on Wednesday morning in Manhattan. He was 84.


A CROW helps a hedgehog cross the street safely by giving it encouraging prods with its beak.

A GIANT KOOKABURRA: And what did you do on lockdown?

THE DOG understands offensive line play.

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I can hear the soft breathing of Wednesday.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, May 27, 2020 - 12:51 AM
Posted by: Karl


DAVID BOWIE: "Modern Love." from the Summer of 1983.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED busts out an all-covers edition.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED, focusing on the new, features Muzz, Liza Anne, Katie Von Schleicher and more.

WHITNEY & WAXAHATCHEE cover John Denver's classic "Take Me Home, Country Roads."

TANYA DONNELLY covers Yazoo's "Only You."


NEIL FINN covers the Beach Boys'  "God Only Knows" on solo piano.

PERFUME GENIUS has an affinity for rats.

JASON MOLINA's Eight Gates will get a posthumous release.

MANDY MOORE shares what it was like working with her husband, Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes, on her new album, and how he helped her return to songwriting.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Olivia Newton-John's aerobic dance-pop blockbuster "Physical."


CINEPHOBIA: What will make Americans feel comfortable going out to the movies again?

STEVE BUSCEMI: In a rare interview, Hollywood's most beloved misfit opens up about anxiety, loss, and the hard work of getting through it all. (And reveals how to pronounce "Buscemi.")

MATTHEW McCONAUGHEY delivered 110K masks to rural Texas hospitals just before the Memorial Day weekend.

CHRIS EVANS reflects on the panic attacks that almost led him to abandon acting.

J.K. ROWLING has announced plans to serialize her new book, The Ickabog, for free on the internet through July.

JUSTICE LEAGUE: HBO Max Content Chief Kevin Reilly opens up about the decision to release the Snyder Cut. But maybe you should just watch Justice League Dark: Apokolips War.

RUN SWEETHEART RUN, a Blumhouse title scheduled for theatrical release on May 8, was just picked up by Amazon.

RICHARD HERD, best known for portraying Mr. Wilhelm on "Seinfeld," died on Tuesday at his Los Angeles home of complications from cancer. He was 87.


MORNING PIGLETS, having some popcorn.

A LOYAL DOG waits at Wuhan hospital for 3 months after his owner's coronavirus death.

HITLER's Rumored Pet Alligator Dies at 84.

A 12-YEAR OLD, cautiously, calmly walking down the hill with a gigantic bear stalking him...  More here.

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New Releases, Indie Basement, and Post-holiday Things.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, May 26, 2020 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE RASPBERRIES crush "Go All The Way" and "I Wanna Be With You" for Twofer Tuesday.

NEW RELEASES: Paste will point you to Badly Drawn Boy, Nation of Language, The 1975, and more.

BILL'S INDIE BASEMENT points you to Woods, Marker Starling, Darren Hayman, and more.

SUGAR, Live in NYC, October 23, 1992.


DEAN & BRITTA cover The Seekers' "The Carnival is Over."

THE 25 BEST ALBUMS of 1970, according to Paste.

JOY DIVISION, ranked by Consequence of Sound.

QUEEN's Brian May has revealed that he recently suffered a heart attack and also had stents fitted to alleviate artery blockage.

JIMMY COBB, the jazz drummer and last surviving player on Miles Davis’s seminal 1959 album Kind of Blue has died from lung cancer at age 91.

THE NUMBER ONES flashes back to Daryl Hall and John Oates' swaggering, minimalist "I Can't Go For That (No Can Do)."


STAR WARS did not top the box office chart when it was released on Memorial Day weekend in 1977.

ENJOYMENT OF TRASH MOVIES is linked to high intelligence, study finds.

DAVID AYER wants the Snyder Cut treatment for Suicide Squad.

ELON MUSK & GRIMES have changed their baby boy's name after it failed to comply with California law.

MARY-KATE OLSEN officially filed for divorce from her French banker husband Pierre Olivier Sarkozy — after two thwarted attempts.

RIVERDALE's Lili Reinhart and Cole Sprouse have ended their nearly three-year relationship.

JOE ROGAN is the New Mainstream Media?

THE SHINING: Stanley Kubrick's classic has always stirred cyclical debate.


THE WORLD'S BIIGEST OWL nested in his planter.

TWO GATORS were seen fighting on the fairway of a South Carolina golf course.

BOBCATS really are leapers.

RHINO PRESERVATION is endangered by the pandemic.

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The Sweet, and Memorial Day Things.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, May 22, 2020 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl




...with THE SWEET!  The bubble-glam rockers are probably best known for the trifecta of "Little Willy," "Ballroom Blitz" and "Fox on the Run," though they also charted with the harder-edged "Action" and the more ballad-y "Love is Like Oxygen."  All of those clips also feature the band's rather unique fashion sense, but you have to see the clip for "Wig Wam Bam" -- complete with headdress -- to see the band at its most ridiculous.  BONUS: "All That Glitters" is a BBC documentary originally broadcast in February 1974 charting a day in the life of The Sweet.

LIZ PHAIR plays songs from across her entire career at World Cafe.

LOU BARLOW covers Devo, Tom Petty, Ratt, Journey, and more.

MARGO PRICE shares her new live album, Perfectly Imperfect at The Ryman.

HAIM shares "Don't Wanna."


LANA DEL REY Is Fed Up With Critics Who Say She Glamorizes Abuse.

PAUL McCARTNEY has shared an emotional tribute to his "dear friend", The Beatles‘ photographer Astrid Kirchherr, who died last week at 82.

THE GO-GOS: Kathy Valentine finds joy in decluttering.

THE 100 BEST INDIE FOLK ALBUMS, according to Paste.

T. REX: "20th Century Boy." Aow!


WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: There was one last weekend. Who knew?

LORI LAUGHLIN and Mossimo Giannulli have agreed to plead guilty to conspiracy charges in the Varsity Blues case.

THE DUKE & DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE called Bingo fo a nursing home.

SOME GOOD NEWS: John Krasinski's feel-good web series is headed to Viacom/CBS for a big pile of cash.

CATHERINE O'HARA is profiled by Vanity Fair, complete with a photo shot by drone.

FRIENDS is not the biggest draw for HBOMax?

PETER DINKLAGE & JASON MOMOA are making a deal to re-team in a Vampire movie.

TOM BRADY is going to get his own ESPN docu-series.

MICHAEL BAY is rushing to produce a pandemic thriller because of course he is.

TENET has a new trailer online.

THE OUTPOST has a trailer online.


MEMORIAL DAY has become -- in the minds of some -- a day devoted to uncovering their swimming pools and barbeques. So take a moment (preferably at 3 p.m. local time) to remember what it's really about.You can read about "The Meaning of Memorial Day" with selections from American authors and statesmen, including Herman Melville, Ernie Pyle, Louisa May Alcott, Frederick Douglass, and Dwight D. Eisenhower. Joyce Johnson and the "Arlington Ladies" who attend every funeral in Arlington National Cemetery, to ensure no soldier is buried alone, take more than a moment.  Re-read "A Death in the Family," as powerful as it was when Christopher Hitchens wrote it in 2007.  Revisit William Wyler's footage of the last mission of the Memphis Belle, or check the Tube for Alfred Hitchcock's footage of the liberation of the Belsen concentration camp.  The Wikipedia entry for Memorial Day notes a race track connection unrelated to the Indy 500.  It's a good day -- as good as we are likely to get -- for Sgt. Barry Sadler's No. 1 smash, "Ballad of the Green Berets."  or the movie adaptation of Gen. George S. Patton's "Speech to the Third Army."  As "Greyhawk" once wrote at the Mudville Gazette, "This is Memorial Day weekend. Enjoy it. Celebrate it - the people who died to give you that right would appreciate it. But they didn't die peaceably in their beds, these dogs who fell protecting sheep from wolves."

A PONY adopts 3 little lambs after their mother died on a farm in the UK.

ELEPHANTS Really Can't Hold Their Liquor.

CHICKEN vs SNAKE: Who You Got?

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