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MLK Jr Day, but my washer broke down last nght.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, January 20, 2020 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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U2: "Pride" and "MLK." Crushingly obvious. Have a dream.

DION: A vintage performance of "Abraham, Martin & John."

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Bad Boys For Life tops the chart with 59.2MM, which is just fine against a 90MM production budget.  Dolittle places with 22.5MM, which is definitely not fine against a 175MM budget.  1917 shows with 22.1MM on an Oscars nominations-buoyed 40 percent drop.  Jumanji: The Next Level takes the fourth slot with another 9.6MM on a leggy 32 percent drop; Sony would love to see this reach 30MM domestic, but they'll still be happy when it falls a bit short of that.  The Rise of Skywalker rounds outh the Top Five with 8.4MM on a 45 percent drop as it creeps up on 500MM domestic and 520MM looks like the limit here.

THE SAG AWARDS went to these folks. Congrats! Twist ending, too.

MEGXIT: Queen Elizabeth announces the terms of departure for Harry & Meghan, and it's a hard exit. The new arrangements will be reviewed in a year.

THE BATMAN: Zoe Kravitz talks Catwoman.

DISNEY drops the Fox name, will rebrand as 20th Century Studios.

ROGER DEAKINS's 10 Best Films, From ‘The Shawshank Redemption' to ‘1917.'

WHEN GEORGE LUCAS Met Baby Yoda.

 

EACH PIG HAS ITS MERITS, but only one can be the chosen pig.

CAPS vs ISLANDERS: A dogs' tale.

A PET RABBIT sitting in business class wore a bowtie and spent her flight eating croissants.

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Pretenders, Richard Thompson, Jeremy Ivey, Brownout, Rabbit   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, January 17, 2020 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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THE WEEKEND STARTS HERE:

....wtih THE PRETENDERS! Circa 1981, via one of Pate's two fab drummers, Jon Hahn.  Your setlist includes "The Wait," "The Adultress," "Message of Love/Louie Louie," "Talk of the Town," "English Roses," "Birds of Paradise," "Kid," "Stop Your Sobbing," "Private Life," "Day After Day," "Jealous Dogs, " Up the Neck," "Tattooed Love Boys," "Bad Boys Get Spanked," "Precious," and "Brass In Pocket/MysteryAchievement."

RICHARD THOMPSON, Live at The Loft at City Winery.

JEREMY IVEY plays World Cafe.

BROWNOUT plays a Tiny Desk Concert.

MARGO PRICE shares "Stone Me."

 

TROGGS: "With a Girl Like You," live.

DESTROYER: Dan Bejar on Weaving Nightmares at His Kitchen Table.

ONCE WERE BROTHERS: Robbie Robertson And The Band has a trailer online.

GREEN DAY announced that they will donate royalties from their latest track to sexual assault charities, after it sampled a Joan Jett track that was originally written by Gary Glitter.

STEREOGUM bought itself back, while SPIN is sold to a new owner.

STEVE MARTIN CARO, a founding member of the ’60s baroque pop band the Left Banke, has died from heart disease. He was 71 years old.

 

NOW SHOWING:  This weekend's wide releases include Bad Boys For Life, which is currently scoring 75 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; Dolittle, which is scoring 16 percent; and Weathering With You, scoring 95 percent.

MEGXIT: Prince Harry may have made his last public appearance as a Royal.

GIGI HADID was officially dismissed Thursday as a prospective juror in disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein’s rape and sex abuse trial.

STAR WARS: Taika Waititi, the filmmaker behind the Oscar-nominated Jojo Rabbit and Thor: Ragnarok, has been approached to develop a movie in the galaxy.

THE MANDALORIAN is often John Wayne’s grandson.

FRIENDS: The One Where Everyone Wants To Get Paid.

JOHN WICK spin-off series The Continental is still in the works, but won't air until after the fourth movies.

WATCHMEN won't have a second season on HBO, largely because creator Damon Lindelof isn't interested in doing it. 

ROCKY JOHNSON, —  who paved the way for son Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson — has passed away at the age of 75.

CHRISTOPHER TOLKIEN, the son of J.R.R. Tolkien, the author of "The Lord of the Rings," has died. A guardian of his father's legacy, Christopher Tolkien edited posthumous works like “The Silmarillion" and created the map of Middle-earth. He was 95.

 

WAKING A SLEEPING RABBIT by surrounding him with dill.

BAKOOKA, a 35-pound cat, begins an epic weight loss journey.

DOGS, making like an old-school musical.

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Hiss Golden Messenger, White Reaper, Jordan Rakei, Wolf Pup   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, January 16, 2020 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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ALBERT LEE covers Jimmy Webb's "If You See Me Getting Smaller," one of my favorite Webb tunes, though (afaik) never a hit for anyone.

HISS GOLDEN MESSENGER visits World Cafe.

WHITE REAPER visits WFUV's Studio A.

JORDAN RAKEI plays a Tiny Desk Concert.

 

REAL ESTATE shares a video for "Paper Cup."

THE ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME announced its 35th annual class of inductees. Congrats to them, I guess.

NEIL PEART: A Monster Drummer With A Poet's Heart.

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN's son was officially sworn into the Jersey City Fire Department at City Hall on Tuesday.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Chic's joyous disco masterpiece "Le Freak."

 

MEGXIT: Meghan Markle surfaced publicly in Canada. Many close to Prince Harry are concerned about the growing distance between him and the rest of the royal family.

JEFFREY EPSTEIN: New evidence shows the financier sexually abused and trafficked hundreds of young women and girls on his private Caribbean island, some as recently as 2018, significantly expanding the scope of his alleged conduct, a top law enforcement official said in a lawsuit filed on Wednesday.

PETE DAVIDSON and Kaia Gerber's fledgling romance appears to be over.

JAMES BOND "can be of any color, but he is male,” says producer Barbara Broccoli.

DAVID KOECHNER and his wife, Leigh Koechner, are splitting up after nearly 22 years of marriage. Whammy.

GUNS AKIMBO has a trailer online.

 

A WOLF PUP discovers its howl.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT is terrorizing a family in a Florida condo.

AN URBAN BOBCAT was caught on camera in Washington DC.

COMPELLING NEW EVIDENCE that your cat might eat your corpse.

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Andy Schauf, Son Little, All Songs, Cat vs Snake vs Frog   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, January 15, 2020 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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GUIDED BY VOICES: Technically, the clip for "Auditorium" and "Motor Away" is Twofer Tuesday, but since it runs just about 3 minutes, I'll toss in "My Valuable Hunting Knife" as a bonus.

ANDY SCHAUF plays the Paste studio. And here's "Living Room."

SON LITTLE visits World Cafe.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED shares discoveries from globalFEST.

DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS share “Thoughts And Prayers.”

 

U.S. GIRLS share "Overtime."

DESTROYER: Dan Bejar Serenades the Apocalypse.

HOW TO LIKE COUNTRY MUSIC, For The Uninitiated.

ST VINCENT's greatest colaborations.

DAVE WHITAKER introduced a teenage Bob Dylan to the work of both Woody Guthrie and Jack Kerouac.

 

MEGXIT: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says there are still a lot of discussions to be had about who will cover security costs for Prince Harry and Megan Markle, who are suggesting their hand was forced to leave the Roayal family due to "bad blood."

NO TIME TO DIE: Billie Eilish has been tapped to do the theme song.

GIGI HADID could be among the jurors in Harvey Weinstein’s sexual assault trial in New York.

ALLISON JANNEY confirmed rumors that her Mom costar Anna Faris is engaged to Michael Barrett

VANESSA HUDGENS and Austin Butler have called it quits after almost nine years of dating.

STAN KIRSCH, who starred in the Highlander TV series and had a memorable guest shot on Friends, has died at the age of 51.

AMC & REGAL CINEMAS won’t be showing any Best Picture nominees released by Netflix on their screens in the US.

BLACK WIDOW has a special look online.

 

CAT versus SNAKE versus FROG.

SWIMMING with the anaconda.

LINDA, a stray dog in Turkey, comes to the same car wash a couple times a week to use the automatic petting machine.

A HIGHLAND BULL causes a rush-hour disruption to Glasgow trains.

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So I got my first new phone since 1994, but I have Things.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, January 14, 2020 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

UPGRADING a 3G flip-phone on a 10-dollar unlimited plan turns out to be tricky and time-consuming.  Fortunately, Monday turned out to be a slow "news" day, so let's get to it.

LIZ PHAIR: "Jealousy." It sneers like she does.

THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS unveiled the new "2082" at the Bowery Ballroom.

THE 80 BEST ALBUMS OF THE 1980s, according to Paste.

THE NUMBER ONES revisits perhaps the least organic #1 single of its era, Barbra Streisand and Neil Diamond's "You Don't Bring Me Flowers."

QUEEN ELIZABETH issued a public statement following a two-and-a-half-hour discussion on Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's decision to step down as senior royals.

THE OSCAR NOMINATIONS went to these folks. Congrats!  The NYT surveys the snubs and surprises.  And here's Adam Sandler.  Also, Netflix got 22 nominations, but I wonder whether bias in the Academy will wind up hurting films like The Irishman.

MORBIUS: Marvel's Spider-Verse vampire has a teaser trailer online.

ABBY HUNTSMAN announced she's leaving “The View” to work with her father, Jon Huntsman Jr., during his campaign for governor of Utah.

BRITNEY SPEARS is exhibiting her paintings in France.

More tomorrow, I think.

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