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The middle of the week, but not of the work week.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, July 07, 2021 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

ROGER McGUINN performs "King of the Hill" -- a song about "Papa" John Phillips -- for Carson.

NEW RELEASES: Paste will point you to The Go! Team, Laura Mvula, Snapped Ankles and more.

DRY CLEANING plays a Tiny Desk Concert.

TAYLOR SWIFT joins BIG RED MACHINE on "Renegade."

MILEY CYRUS covers Cocteau Twins' "Heaven or Las Vegas" while appearing in the latter.

SUSANNA HOFFS sang the Bangles' "Manic Monday" and "Eternal Flame" with a string quartet on CNN's July 4th special.

 

SUMMER OF SOUL: Questlove discusses his directorial debut.

THE GO! TEAM's Ian Parton lists 10 influences for Get Up Sequences Part One.

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN's daughter has made the US Olympic equestrian team.

THE BEST ALBUMS of 2021 (So Far) according to The Quietus.

 

BRITNEY SPEARS' longtime manager Larry Rudolph has resigned as more controversy swirls over the pop singer’s restrictive conservatorship. The New Yorker looks at her conservatorship.

SCARLETT JOHANSSON & COLIN JOST are expecting a baby.

JENNIFER COOLDGE gets a lengthy profile from Vulture.

HARRY STYLES & OLIVIA WILDE can’t keep their hands off each other under the Tuscan sun.

SHARON STONE is sparking dating rumors with RMR — a rapper more than half her age.

REESE WITHERSPOON's media company is looking for a billion-dollar sale.

BLACK WIDOW: A history in film and comics.

QUENTIN TARANTINO has bought the historic Vista Theatre cinema in Los Angeles. It's the second theater he's bought.

 

DOG, and Butterfly.

THERE ARE Two Types of Dogs.

A BUNNY, making his bed comfy.

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At least it's a short week.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, July 06, 2021 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

QUESTION MARK & THE MYSTERIANS: "96 Tears" and "Girl (You Captivate Me)" for Twofer Tuesday.

NO SOPHOMORE SLUMP: A Playlist Of Songs From Great Second Albums.

LANA DEL REY shared a brief preview of a new song.

LUCY DACUS, profiled at Vulture.

MATTHEW DEAR, profiled at Aquarium Drunkard.

THE 50 BEST ALBUMS of 2021 (So Far), ranked by PopMatters.

THE NUMBER ONES, on Roxette's silly surprise hit "The Look."

THE NUMBER ONES looks back at the Bangles' transcendent prom ballad "Eternal Flame."

 

RICHARD DONNER, the prolific Hollywood director and producer whose helming credits include some of the most iconic movies of the 1970s and ’80s including the Christopher Reeve-starring Superman, The Goonies and the Mel Gibson-Danny Glover buddy cop series Lethal Weapon, has died. He was 91.

BLAKE SHELTON & GWEN STEFANI got hitched.

ZENDAYA & TOM HOLLAND are an item.

FLORENCE PUGH is shedding light on why she thinks others may not approve of her relationship with Zach Braff.

PATTY JENKINS isn’t so sure the day-and-date streaming strategy will stick.

STEPHEN DORFF: Not a fan of the MCU.

ESPN is having race and gender issues, again.

MATTHEW McCONAUGHEY delivered an impassioned speech to America on Independence Day via Twitter.

 

A HERDING DOG, at work.

DOGGO Pool Party.

EAGLE, swimming?

MONGO: Pawn in game of life.

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While I live, let me have a country, a free country.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, July 01, 2021 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

THE FOURTH of JULY WEEKEND STARTS HERE:

...with THE BEACH BOYS!  It's Pate Reunion Weekend and time to "Do It Again."  Because folks my age will always remember their mammoth July 4th concerts at the Washington Monument -- as with this 1980 take o­n "Good Vibrations."  Their "Lost Concert" from 1964 includes "Fun, Fun, Fun," "Long, Tall Texan," "Little Deuce Coupe," "Surfer Girl," "Surfin' USA," "Shut Down," "In My Room," "Papa Ooh Mow Mow," and "Hawaii." Their take on "Dance, Dance, Dance" from Shindig! later that year is like a slice of Christmas in July.  There's also a nifty twofer of "I Get Around" and "'When I Grow Up (To Be A Man)" from their first UK TV appearance o­n Ready Steady Go!  The Andy Williams Show serves up "Help Me, Rhonda," while The Jack Benny Hour produced these quick takes o­n "Barbara Ann" and "California Girls."  There's a primitive video for "Wouldn't It Be Nice" that starts with a cameo from Brian Wilson's dogs (Banana and Louie), who appear at the end of the Pet Sounds LP.  And I'll finish with a live version of "God Only Knows" from the 1967 European tour -- one of the last Brian would do for a decade or so.  BONUS: Part 1 and Part 2 of the epic Political Beats podcasts covering the entirety of the Beach Boys' catalog.

RAY CHARLES performs "America The Beautiful" like no one else.

INDEPENDENCE DAY: Bruce Springsteen, circa 1978, before it came out on The River.

AMERICAN MUSIC: The Violent Femmes, circa 1992.

DAVE ALVIN: Hey, baby, it's the "4th of July."

JAMES LILEKS: Truth.

THE STAR-SPANGLED BANNER: As performed by Jimi Hendrix, Whitney Houston, Smokey Robinson, members of the Grateful Dead, and Umphrey’s McGee.

THE UNITED STATES prepares to celebrate the anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence, declaring independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain on July 4, 1776. As the Wikipedia notes, this is a little arbitrary: New Englanders had been fighting Britain since April 1775; the first motion in the Continental Congress for independence was made o­n June 8th; and the Congress voted 12-0 for independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain o­n July 2, 1776. Even so, the publication of the Declaration was momentous .  If you're not in DC, the best way to see and learn about the Declaration may be through the Charters of Freedom website. Or you can watch Mel Gibson(!), Michael Douglas, Renee Zelleweger, Kevin Spacey(!), Wynona Ryder and other Hollywood folk read the Declaration.

Of course, the holiday more broadly celebrates the American Revolutionary War, and the Founders' unlikely victory. People with the highest standard of living and the lowest taxes in the Western World fought a sometimes unpopular war for our freedom. Early o­n, the Revolutionaries (also known as "Americans" or "Patriots") had the active support of about 40 to 45 percent of the colonial population. By 1779, there were more Americans fighting with the British than with Washington, which is why Washington needed help from the French, the Spanish and freed Blacks. You can separate fact from fiction regarding the sacrifices and fates of the Founders at Snopes. You can hear two-time Pulitzer Prize winner David McCullough read from the first chapter of his 1776 via NPR. Or watch a nifty clip on the passage and public reading of the Declaration from the John Adams miniseries.

 

ROBYN HITCHCOCK & THE EGYPTIANS, Live at the Patio Club, 1985.

CAUTIOUS CLAY visits WFUV.

JEFF TWEEDY covers Roky Erickson’s “For You (I’d Do Anything).”

NAKED RAYGUN shares “Living In The Good Times.”

NPR's FAVORITE SONGS of 2021 (So Far).

ALAN VEGA, After Dark.

THE NUMBER ONES looks back at Genesis offshoot Mike + The Mechanics 's sole chart-topper, "The Living Years."

 

BRITNEY SPEARS: A judge has shot down Britney Spears' request to have her father removed from her conservatorship - at least for now. After Jamie Spears filed legal documents Wednesday morning blaming Jodi Montgomery for his daughter's lack of freedom, Montgomery hit back in a lengthy statement.  Ex-husband Kevin Federline has concerns regarding the idea of her regaining full control of her life “without any expert evaluation,” according to his attorney.

BILL COSBY was released from prison Wednesday after the Pennsylvania Supreme Court overturned his sexual assault conviction and barred him from being retried.

WES ANDERSON is shooting his new movie in Spain, with production set to begin in September.

ALLISON MACK was sentenced to three years in prison Wednesday at Brooklyn Federal Court for her role in the NXIVM sex cult.

DON CHEADLE and his longtime girlfriend, Bridgid Coulter, secretly got married during the coronavirus pandemic — several months ago.

WAKANDA FOREVER goes into production.

TERMINATOR 2: An Oral History.

J.K. SIMMONS On ‘The Tomorrow War,' A Possible ‘The Accountant' Sequel, And Being Completely Oblivious To Online Chatter.

FROM KUBRICK TO SPIELBERG: The Story of ‘A.I.'

JUNGLE CRUISE has a trailer online.

 

TWIGGY: Another Fourth of July tradition, the water-skiing squirrel. She retired last summer, but it remains a great story. Compelling and rich.

THE VENOM-SPITTING ZEBRA COBRA SNAKE has been caught in Raleigh.

DYING DOCTOR accidentally describes exactly what it feels like to die from a snakebite.

NOT 101 DALMATIANS,, but these 16 adorable newborn puppies are still just as cute as their movie counterparts. 

A SENIOR BEAGLE rescued for free comes out of her shell.

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Rainy Day Things. Again.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, June 30, 2021 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

THE NASHVILLE TEENS, with a stompin' cover of "Tobacco Road."

SPENCER KRUG plays KEXP.

METALLICA's "Sad But True," covered by Jason Isbell, St. Vincent and Sam Fender.

STEVE GUNN shares "Other You" and “Reflection.”

MODEST MOUSE, ranked by Paste.

KINGS OF CONVENIENCE: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview.

JASON NARDUCY's top 10 influences on the new Split Single album.

WHEN RICHARD MARX met NSYNC.

 

THE MANY SAINTS OF NEW YORK: The Sporanos prequel has a trailer online.

CLIFFORD THE BIG RED DOG has a trailer online.

GALAXY QUEST: Simon Pegg wants to make it a TV series.

KYLE MASSEY, who starred on the Disney Channel shows “That's So Raven” and “Cory in the House” in the 2000s, has been charged with one count of immoral communication with a minor.

GAL GADOT is officially a mom of three after giving birth to a baby girl

JASON SUDEIKIS and Keeley Hazell were spotted for the first time together since fueling romance rumors in February.

PATTI LaBELLE:  “I'm the original drag queen.”

FREAKS & GEEKS: Why Judd Apatow turned down a second season from MTV.

ANDY DICK has been arrested for assaulting someone with a deadly weapon.

THE WEEKND is developing a series at HBO which he would star in as well as co-write.

 

DOLPHINS & WHALES, living together...

GENDER REVEAL PARTY crashed by two raccoons from above.

VENOMOUS ZEBRA COBRA on the loose in Raleigh, NC.

A BEAR FAMILY joins stunned beachgoers for a picnic.

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Groovy Tuesday Things.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, June 29, 2021 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

THE KINKS: "Last of the Steam Powered Trains" and "Picture Book," circa 1969, from the album The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society, for Twofer Tuesday.

DINOSAUR JR plays KEXP.

LORD HURON virtually visits World Cafe.

WANDA JACKSON a cover of "It Keeps Right On a Hurtin'," a hit in 1962 for Johnny Tillotson, ahead of her final album, produced by Joan Jett.

PETER HOOK announced an exhibition and accompanying auction of hundreds of items from across his time playing with New Order.

HISS GOLDEN MESSENGER: MC Taylor has more cowbell.

ARTISTS who left the road.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at "Lost In Your Eyes," Debbie Gibson's attempt at adult-contempo mush.

 

MEGXIT: Kate Middleton's absence from Princess Diana's memorial launch on Thursday will be “telling on so many levels,” according to family sources. ALSO: William and Harry were "at each other's throats" during their late grandfather Prince Philip's funeral in April.

EWAN McGREGOR & MARY ELIZABETH WINSTEAD are new parents.

BLACK WIDOW drops another teaser clip.

F9: Did it open big enough in the US?

MARILYN MANSON is reportedly set to turn himself in to Los Angeles police on an assault charge.

LISA KUDROW was fired from Frasier before landing her breakout role of Phoebe Buffay on Friends.

JAMES CAMERON's five keys to filmmaking.

 

A DOGGO, rescued from frozen waters in Siberia.

A DOG who ran off on an adventure for 7.5 hours ringing the doorbell at 3am to let her humans know she's home.

A GOOD BOY, not running in the street.

A CITY overrun by peacocks.

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