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Elvis Presley, Woodstock at 50, Strand of Oaks, Elephants   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, August 16, 2019 - 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."


PETE YORN visits Morning Becomes Eclectic.

THE RUSSIAN FUTURISTS share a sampledelic EP/mixtape called Reality Burger With A Side Of Life.

JEREMY IVEY & MARGO PRICE share "Greyhound."

ROBBIE ROBERTSON shares “Let Love Reign.”

ANDREW COMBS shares "Born Without a Clue."

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 has 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. QUADRUPLE BONUS: WXPN is live-streaming Woodstock as it unfolded.

REDD KROSS: "Courtney Love blacklisted us!"

JASON ISBELL and... Barry Gibb?

BON IVER: Justin Vernon rambles for Pitchfork.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at the Staple Singers' Curtis Mayfield-produced sex-gospel reverie "Let's Do It Again."

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases include The Angry Birds Movie 2, which is currently scoring 72 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; Good Boys, which is currently at 81 percent; 47 Meters Down: Uncaged, currently scoring 57 percent; Where'd You Go, Bernadette, scoring 48 percent; and Blinded by the Light, scoring 91 percent.

DALE EARNHARDT JR and his wife survived a fiery plane crash.

KALEY CUOCO does not live with her husband.

OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN shares a health update following her Stage 4 cancer diagnosis.

BEVERLY HILLS 90210's surprising salaries.

NETFLIX: Do the streamer's big deals carry a cost for viewers?


COMEDY IN THE '90s: Wayne's World helped launch a golden age of funny movies.

SHARKS: The Definitive Ranking?

AN ELEPHANT and her baby.

A FLORIDA WOMAN pulled a small alligator from her yoga pants during a traffic stop.

JUMPING WORMS invade Illinois.

A GOAT was not down for a selfie.

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T-Bone Burnett, Jay Som, Tuxedo, Monster Penguin   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, August 15, 2019 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


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

T-BONE BURNETT visits the World Cafe.

JAY SOM plays a Stereogum Session.

TUXEDO visits The Current.

HISS GOLDEN MESSENGER  shares “Happy Birthday, Baby.”

THE ALLAH-LAs share "Polar Onion."

THE MUFFS share “A Lovely Day Boo Hoo.” 


VIVIAN GIRLS share “Something To Do.”

WILCO's Jeff Tweedy searches for joy. (Thx, LHB.)

THE HIGHWOMEN: Natalie Hemby traces her path to becoming one of the Highwomen and hints at a new solo album during the Newport Folk Festival.

JESCA HOOP shares her favorite LPs with The Quietus.

PETER MURPHY had a heart attack.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Silver Convention's "Fly, Robin, Fly," the hit that introduced robotic Euro-disco to the American charts.


LAST CHRISTMAS, inspired by the music of George Michael, has a trailer online.

A$AP ROCKY was found guilty of assault, but given a suspended sentence.

BELLA THORNE makes her directorial debut... on Pronhub?

THE CROWN's cast talks Season 3.

PHOEBE WALLER-BRIDGE talks Fleabag and James Bond 25.

FOUR WOMEN who have accused Danny Masterson of <span>raping them</span> filed a lawsuit Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court against the actor, the Church of Scientology, to which he belongs, and the church’s controverisal leader, David Miscavige. 

THE HUNT: Behind the decision to postpone (scrap?) the controversial film.


A FORMER NAVY SEAL is training K-9s to attack school shooters.

REMAINS of a human-sized "monster" penguin have been discovered in New Zealand.

FOREST ANIMAL POPULATIONS have plummeted since 1970, a WWF report warns.

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A verrrry slow "news" day, but I have a few Things.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, August 14, 2019 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


FUNKADELIC: "I Got a Thing" on Upbeat in 1970. The intro and outro are almost as good as the song.

THE HIGHWOMEN share "Highwomen."

RIDE shares "Clouds Of Saint Marie."

MITSKI responds to “completely false” allegations of child sex trafficking and abuse.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at KC & The Sunshine Band's big, dumb, glorious disco hook fest, "That's The Way (I Like It)".


LITTLE WOMEN: Greta Gerwig's adaptation has a trailer online.

A HIDDEN LIFE, directed by Terrence Malick, has a trailer online.

PLACIDO DOMINGO is accused by multiple women of sexual harassment.

HARRY STYLES reportedly turned down an offer to play the role of Prince Eric in Disney's live-action remake of The Little Mermaid.

MICHAEL GANDOLFINI talks about playing young Tony Soprano.

CARA DELEVIGNE is profiled at Marie Claire.

ANNE HATHAWAY is profiled at Allure.


AN ESCAPED OSTRICH on the lam in China.

A 19-YEAR-OLD led officers on a three-state high-speed chase in a stolen BMW filled with kittens.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: Squirrels in New York City are on the attack, biting the hand that feeds them.

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Shovels & Rope, Pure Bathing Culture, Half-Alive, Pneumatic Fish   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, August 13, 2019 - 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.

SHOVELS & ROPE visits World Cafe.


HALF-ALIVE plays a Tiny Desk Concert.

REDD KROSS covers Sparks’ “When Do I Get To Sing ‘My Way’?

THE ROLLING STONES cover Bob Dylan's "Like A Rolling Stone" in Denver.


FRANKIE COSMOS shares a video for "Wannago."

ELVIS COSTELLO gets over three hours of analysis and discusion on Political Beats with guest Anthony Fisher of Insider. (And it's only Part 1!)

TEENAGE FANCLUB: How we made Bandwagonesque.

JACK WHITE & JACK BLACK tease their collaboration... Jack Gray.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Elton John's absurd "Island Girl."


SARAH SILVERMAN revealed that she was recently fired from a film after producers unearthed an old photograph in which she sports blackface.

THE TEEN CHOICE AWARDS went to these folks.

HBO MAX may spend as much as 1.5 billion for the streaming rights to The Big Bang Theory and Two and a Half Men.

ALADDIN may get a live-action sequel.




LIKE A DRIVE-THRU BANK, but for fish.

HOGS RUNNING LOOSE:  It's a feral fad.

A DOGGO, beating the heat.

AND NOW for something completely different.

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New Releases, Steve Earle, Bruce Hornsby, Owls   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, August 12, 2019 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


PILOT works their "Magic" on TOTP.

NEW RELEASES from Markika Hackman, Ra Ra Riot, Hammered Hulls and more are streaming now.

STEVE EARLE visits The Current for a 7-song set.

BRUCE HORNSBY also visits The Current.


WEYES BLOOD covers Procol Harum’s “A Whiter Shade Of Pale” at Outside Lands.

DAVID BERMAN's death was ruled a suicide, which I sort of assumed.He's remembered by Wooden Wand's James Toth and Beauty Pill's Chad Clark.

CRAIG FINN shares 10 of the most formative albums on his record shelves.

AMERICAN ANTHEM essays The Impressions' “We’re a Winner.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Neil Sedaka's bitter-tongued Elton John duet, "Bad Blood."


WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw repeats atop the chart with 25.4MM on a 58 percent drop. That's not great, but it crosses 100MM and 332MM worldwide, which means it may do well enough to turn the spin-off into its own mini-franchise.  Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark places with 20.8MM against a reported 28MM budget, a solid debut tho that budget is a tad pricey.  The remade Lion King shows with another 20MM on a 48 percent drop and has over 1.34 billion worldwide. Dora and the Lost City of Gold debuts in the fourth slot with 17MM against a 49MM budget, suggesting Hollywood sat on this idea for years too long.  Once Upon a Time...in Hollywood rounds out the Top Five with 11.6MM and crosses 100MM in North America. Below the fold, both The Art of Racing in the Rain and The Kitchen open disappointingly.

MILEY CRUS & LIAM HEMSWORTH have separated. This is my shocked face.

JEFFREY EPSTEIN, the financier indicted on sex trafficking charges, committed suicide in his jail cell.

GWYNETH PALTROW didn't know SAMUEL L. JACKSON was in the Marvel Cinematic Universe with her.

DENISE RICHARDS reveals her dad's reaction to Charlie Sheen's hooker on Thanksgiving.

HARVEY WEISTEIN is barred from traveling to Europe.

JOAQUIN PHOENIX already has an award nomination for Joker.

LADY GAGA plans to fund classrooms in Gilroy, El Paso, and Dayton following mass shootings in these cities.

THE HUNT has been scrapped (for now) in the wake of mass shootings and complaints from President Trump supporters.


OWLS discover and immediately get rid of a hidden camera which tracks their movements.

A WILD WHITE ARCTIC FOX, captured on camera in Greenland.

MacARTHUR PARK? Somebody fell asleep in the rain.

A YELLOWSTONE VISITOR was caught petting a bison on video.

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