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Joe Messina, Bobby Rydell, and Francisco Gonzalez RIP.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, April 06, 2022 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


SHOCKING BLUE: She's your "Venus."

ST PAUL & THE BROKEN BONES' Paul Janeway visits World Cafe.



JOE MESSINA, the original guitarist for legendary Motown Records studio band the Funk Brothers, has died in Detroit after a 12-year battle with kidney disease. He was 93.  Add The Guardian.

BOBBY RYDELL, the epitome of the early ’60s “teen idol,” who parlayed that fame into a starring role opposite Ann-Margret in the 1963 film “Bye Bye Birdie,” died today at age 79. The cause of death was pneumonia.

FRANCISCO GONZALEZ,  a founding member of Los Lobos, has died. He was 68.

DESTROYER: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview.

UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP will waive unrecouped advances from certain legacy artists to help them overcome strict contracts.


KOURTNEY KARDASHIAN married TRAVIS BARKER in Vegas. But it's not legal yet.


THE SLAPPENING: Will Smith's agents debated dumping him.

SHERLOCK HOLMES: RDJr and Warner Bros. are looking at a third movie and an HBOMax spin-off.

NANCY MYERS has made a deal to write, direct and produce a new film for Netflix.


BRIDGERTON: Season 2 broke Netflix's record for the most viewed English-language TV series.

BRITNEY SPEARS said that writing her memoir is “healing and therapeutic”.

SIENNA MILLER, on surviving the Jude Law nanny scandal.

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, VOL. 3 has already broken a record.

KEVIN SMITH celebrated Chasing Amy's 25th anniversary.


YOU DON'T MIND if I sit here, do you?

PYGMY MARMOSETS eating peas.

AN AVIAN SOAP OPERA unfolds atop a Berkeley bell tower.

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Big Relief Tuesday.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, April 05, 2022 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE REPLACEMENTS played "Bast^rds of Young" and "Kiss Me On The Bus" in an infamous TV appearance.

MAREN MORRIS plays a Tiny Desk Concert.

FATHER JOHN MISTY shares "The Next 20th Century."

KEVIN MORBY covers the Replacements' "Swingin Party."

SCREAMING FEMALES covers The Selecter's "On My Radio."

TEENAGE FANCLUB shares “I Left A Light On.”

WET LEG shares "Ur Mom."

THE SMILE shares "Pana-Vision."


JAPANESE BEAKFAST's Michelle Zauner Interviews JEFF TWEEDY.

BAND OF HORSES' Ben Bridwell joined The Current to talk about the ghosts of Ryman Auditorium, and more.

PRINCE, interviewed at age 11.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Mariah Carey''s giddy pop "Fantasy."


LOUIS CK Wins Grammy for First Special Since Sexual Misconduct Allegations. (Phrasing, THR.)

MORBIUS director Daniel Espinosa talks about something odd that happened in the movie. (Spoiler alert.)


ALEXANDER SKARSGARD says the focus on his physical appearance during the early parts of his careers had a negative impact.

HARRISON FORD will take on his first ongoing TV series role in a comedy for Apple TV+.

THE FLIGHT ATTENDANT: Season 2 has a trailer online.

MARTHA STEWART's dogs killed her cat.


MEASURING A DOG vs Measuring a Cat.

THE EARLY BIRD gets to zoom.

A BABY COW feels grass for the first time.

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C.W. McCall RIP, and Monday Things.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, April 04, 2022 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE SMOKING POPES: "Need You Around," for a little Chicago flavor.

NEW RELEASES: Paste will point you to PUP, Pillow Queens, Walt Disco and more.

BILL'S INDIE BASEMENT has Sondre Lerche, Papercuts, Jon Spencer, and more.

TED LEO: Stream The Old 200', which features a Traffic homage and a Traffic cover.

C.W. McCALL  the deep-voiced country singer who turned an ad campaign for an Iowa bread company into the outlaw trucker anthem, “Convoy,” which reached No. 1 on the charts in 1976 and inspired a Sam Peckinpah movie, died on Friday at his home in Ouray, Colo. He was 93.

KELLEY STOLTZ on his new album, the ol' pandemic, San Francisco, and more.

SONDRE LERCHE on the influences behind Avatars of Love.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Coolio's rap lament "Gangsta's Paradise," the biggest hit single of 1995.


WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Morbius tops the chart with 39.1MM, but that's more like a horror movie than a Marvel movie.  The C+ CinemaScore and 2 1/2 star word of mouth of it all seeped in over the weekend.  The Lost City places with 14.6MM on a 52 percent drop; its 54.3MM total is the best we’ve seen for a female targeted title during the pandemic.  The Batman shows with another 11.2MM on a 45 percent drop.

THE SLAPPENING: Will Smith said that he was resigning from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, saying that he had “betrayed” its trust with conduct that was “shocking, painful, and inexcusable.”  Smith's next Netflix project has moved to the back burner.

THE GRAMMYS went to these folks. Congrats.

BRUCE WILLS: The Great Comic Action Hero.

ALEC BALDWIN's Match Game revival has been cancelled (along with other game shows).

OPPENHEIMER: Gary Oldman says he is set to feature in one scene of Christopher Nolan's next picture.

THE CROW appears ready to fly again, after years of false starts and many rings of development hell.

THE SIMPSONS: A Perfectly Cromulent Oral History, Part 1.

ESTELLE HARRIS, who hyperventilated her way into the hearts of millions of “Seinfeld” fans as George’s mother, Estelle Costanza, died on Saturday in Palm Desert, Calif. She was 93.


IT'S MAGIC: A kitteh and a vase.

HOW HIGH Will the cat vault?

EASY with the tongue, ladies.

WHAT TV DOES YOUR DOG LIKE TO WATCH? U-W Madison researchers want to know.

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It's Friday, and time for the Young Fresh Fellows.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, April 01, 2022 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with the YOUNG FRESH FELLOWS! Live at Cicero's in St. Louis, On November 23rd,1985, so this is Chuck Carroll-era YFFs.  Selections include: "Gus Theme," "White Bird," "If I Had A Hammer," "Power Mowers' Theme," "Where Is Groovy Town?", "Sharing Patrol," "Topsy Turvy," "Young Fresh Fellows Theme," "Hang On Sloopy," "All Messed Up," "Big House/ Love Boat Theme medley" "Mr. Salamander's Review," "Down By The Pharmacy," "Close to You/ Someone I Care About," "Aurora Bridge," "How Much About Last Night Do You Remember?" "This Little Mystery," "Searchin' USA," "Fair Exchange," and "My Friend Ringo."

PARQUET COURTS, live at Rockwood Music Hall.

ERIN RAE shares live performances on World Cafe.

KELLEY STOLTZ shares "Your Name Escapes Me."

TORO Y MOI shares “Déjà Vu,”which is not a CSNY cover.

DESTROYER: Dan Bejar on the legacy of the band, how his relationship to film influences his songwriting, the reflections on a life lived that come with middle-age, and when he feels the song is finished, if ever.

PRINCE: Sign ‘O’ the Times (the movie) revisited.

FOO FIGHTERS cancel their Grammys gig.

THE TOP 10 SONIC YOUTH SONGS, according to Paste.


BRUCE WILLIS: Concerns about his declining cognitive state swirled around sets in recent years.

THE SLAPPENING: Will Smith was not asked to leave the Oscars after he slapped Chris Rock, and was told by the producer of the show he could stay, say " sources with direct knowledge."  Rock makes clear that he hasn't talked to Smith or to Diddy about the incident.  Daniel Radcliffe is "dramatically bored of hearing people’s opinions about it."

MORBIUS: The early buzz is... brutal.

EDDIE MURPHY is in early talks to play Parliament-Funkadelic leader George Clinton in an upcoming biopic.

CHRIS EVANS & SCARLETT JOHANSSON are set to star in buzzy new movie package Project Artemis, directed by Jason Bateman.

OBI-WAN KENOBI: Hayden Christensen reacts to putting the Darth Vader suit back on.

BRITNEY SPEARS is calling out her mother.

BEN McKENZIE, best known for his starring role in "The O.C.," has become an outspoken critic of a volatile market driven by speculation. Who's listening?

THE AGE OF CAGE: How one actor can help us understand four decades of the business of Hollywood.


STICKY FEET, don't fail me now.

IN SWITZERLAND, winter is over.

CATS & DOGS, living together...

OTTERS really love popcorn.

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Think of it less as Thursday and more as Friday Eve.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, March 31, 2022 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


SNIFF 'N THE TEARS: "Driver's Seat," from the Boogie Nights soundtrack and Craig O'Neill's vault.

THE WATERBOYS shares three songs from the upcoming All Souls Hill LP.  Mike Scott's still got it.


JAPANESE BREAKFAST covers Bon Iver's "Skinny Love."

PEACE RITUAL debuts with "Tears of Joy."

LOW: The Genius Of... "Things We Lost in the Fire."

PETE DOHERTY nearly lost his feet.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Michael Jackson's final chart-topper, the treacly and scandal-ridden ballad "You Are Not Alone."


BRUCE WILLIS is retiring from acting after being diagnosed with aphasia, a language disorder caused by brain damage that affects a person’s ability to communicate.

THE SLAPPENING: The Academy announced that Will Smith was asked to leave the Oscars ceremony after he slapped Chris Rock, but Smith refused. Disciplinary measures may be taken at its next board meeting on April 18. 78% of Americans side with Chris Rock over Will Smith, according to a Democratic pollster.  But Smith isn't Kryptonite yet.


EZRA MILLER has been hit with a temporary restraining order by two residents in Hilo, a small town in Hawaii where Miller was arrested earlier this week.

BRIDGERTON is getting a prequel.



HOW did the cat cross the road?

JUMP. Might as well jump.

LOOK LIKE THE GYM is crowded today.

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