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Robbie Shakespeare RIP, and Thursday.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, December 09, 2021 - 01:00 PM
Posted by: Karl


SHARON JONES & THE DAP-KINGS: “Ain’t No Chimneys In The Projects.” 

NEIL YOUNG breaks down Barn on World Cafe.


PARQUET COURTS share "Marathon of Anger."  And it's kinda... Byrne/Eno?


ROBBIE SHAKESPEARE, acclaimed bassist and record producer, has died at the age of 68. The Jamaican artist was part of the duo Sly and Robbie with Sly Dunbar.

FRIGHTENED RABBIT: Musicians celebrate the late Scott Hutchison's way with words.

EMIL AMOS: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Bryan Adams' maudlin, generic, chart-smashing movie ballad "(Everything I Do) I Do It For You."


ADAM McKAY weighs in on everything under the sun, from his comedy roots to his breakup with Will Ferrell to the sun itself.

JENNIFER ANISTON on the gut punch of the 'Friends' reunion, and more.

ORLANDO BLOOM, on sucking out his baby's snot.

MERYL STREEP didn't know she was the GOAT.

JEOPARDY! is keeping Mayim Bialik and Ken Jennings into 2022.

THE BEST MOVIES OF 2021 (times two), according to The Ringer.



SAMMY THE CORGI hops upstairs.

AN ELK, ringing the doorbell.

THE NEW COUCH comes with a boa constrictor.

DOZENS OF CAMELS were barred from Saudi Arabia’s popular camel beauty pageant over Botox and other artificial touch-ups.

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Steve Miller was right about time. And the pompatous of love. But mostly time.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, December 09, 2021 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE RAVEONETTES' 2011 video for 2001's "The Christmas Song."

MY MORNING JACKET plays CBS This Morning.

TEENAGE FANCLUB joins SUPERCHUNK for "Endless Summer."

COURTNEY BARNETT plays "If I Don't Hear From You Tonight" on Kimmel.

MITSKI shares "Heat Lightning."


THE TOP 50 ALBUMS of 2021, according to Stereogum.

THE TOP 50 ALBUMS of 2021, according to Pitchfork.

THE TOP 50 SONGS of 2021, according to Paste.

THE TOP 25 SONGS of 2021, according to Rolling Stone.

THE TOP 50 SONGS of 2021, according to NME.

THE ROLLING STONES played a secret jazz club gig, paying tribute to Charlie Watts.

DENIS O'BRIEN, who served as George Harrison’s manager for much of the former Beatle’s solo career and with Harrison co-founded the production company that backed such hits as the classic Monty Python’s Life of Brian, has died at age 80.



JAMES CAMERON opened up about his vision for his unmade Spider-Man film.

MICHAEL SHEEN has become a non-profit actor.

THE 20 BEST NETFLIX ORIGINAL MOVIES, according to Slashfilm.

THE GREATEST SCREENPLAYS of the 21st century so far, according to Writers Guild of America West.

THE 101 BEST NYC MOVIES, according to Vulture.


DON'T pet my cat, human.

THE GOAT of goats.

A CAT, on patrol.


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It's cold, like December.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, December 07, 2021 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


GLAM XMAS:  Wizzard's awesome "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day" and Slade's "Merry Christmas Everybody" (1973's UK Xmas No. 1) are your Twofer Tuesday.

SNAIL MAIL has a virtual session at The Current.

LUCY DACUS has a session up at Oxford American.

PRETTY GOOD STUFF: Bob Dylan performances from the last tour of songs from the latest album, Rough and Rowdy Ways.

NEIL YOUNG & CRAZY HORSE share "Welcome Back." (Not the John Sebastian song.)


MAC McCAUGHAN & LAURA BALLANCE discuss how they built Merge Records.


JASON ISBELL, on vaccines, Scorsese, John Prine and the wildest year of his music career.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at EMF's wigged-out, sample-heavy dance-rock rave-up "Unbelievable."


THE MATRIX RESURRECTIONS dropped a second trailer online.

DRAKE has withdrawn his two Grammy nominations, although his motivation was unclear.

TOM HOLLAND says he will star in a Fred Astaier biopic. He's already been dancing on the ceiling.

SHANG-CHI is getting a sequel.

DAVE CAHPPELL will headline a Netflix comedy festival.

COLIN FARRELL has officially signed on to star in and executive produce a series spinoff of “The Batman” in which he would again play The Penguin.

CHARLIE COX, who starred in Netflix's Daredevil, would reprise the role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, according to Kevin Feige.

GWYNETH PALTROW continues to be blissfully unaware of what's going on in the MCU.

CHRIS NOTH, on family, feuds, and Mr. Big.

DECEMBER 7, 1941: A "date which will live in infamy." I'll be watching Tora! Tora! Tora!  BTW, the first nation invaded by the US after entering WWII was Morocco, then Algeria, iirc. War is strange.


A DOGGO, making hs own fun.

THAT'S Catertainment.

GUINEA PIGS, enjoying the long grass.

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Sorta looking fwd to Monday. Likely a mistake.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, December 06, 2021 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


JON PRATT, Pate's frontman, is "Stealing five for a pork pie with Wes."

NEW RELEASES: Pitchfork has 'em, but I dunno, gang.

BILL'S INDIE BASEMENT has Modern Nature, Can, and the Bush Tetras.

TEARS FOR FEARS shares "No Small Thing."

STRING MACHINE shares "Hell Yeah."

THUNDERCAT shares "Satellite."

GROHL & KURSTIN cover Billy Joel's "Big Shot" for Hannukah.

GRANDDADDY shares  “It Was A Silent Night At Least Until Jeff Lynne Arrived.”


THE BEATLES: Get Back allows for everyone to play armchair psychiatrist.

WET LEG: They might hail from the southern coast of England, but their sound is pure West Coast charm and perverse Midwestern nonchalance.

LANA DEL REY was named Artist Of The Decade at Variety‘s Hitmakers awards show.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at "Rush Rush," the Paula Abdul ballad with the Keanu Reeves 'Rebel Without A Cause' video.


WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: In the usually sluggish post-holiday frame, Disney's Encanto tops the chart with 12.7MM on a 53 percent dropGhostbusters: Afterlife places with 10.4MM on 57 percent drop and crosses 100MM domestic.  House of Gucci shows with 6.8MM on a 53 percent drop.

SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME had the biggest first day of pre-sales on Fandango since 2019’s Avengers: Endgame.

HOW MEL BROOKS Fell for Anne Bancroft.

RIDLEY SCOTT: The 84-year-old director is a charming curmudgeon.

JACK REACHER: Amazon's series has a trailer online.

JON PETERS, in Licorice Pizza and reality.

A MUPPET FAMILY CHRISTMAS has disappeared in a cloud of licensing issues.


A CAT, taking a somersault.

A PUP, taking a barrel roll.

ANOTHER PUP, not having it.

SNAKE FIGHT results in a house fire.

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Let's have a Shindig. And the Big Ragu RIP.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, December 03, 2021 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with A CHRISTMAS SHINDIG! The full episode has gone dark, but still-available clips from 1964 include The Beach Boys' "Dance, Dance, Dance," Bobby Sherman and Donna Loren singing "Keep on Searching," the Righteous Brothers doing "The Jerk" and an awesome milk commercial, Bobby Sherman with "Sleigh Ride," Donna Loren returning with a Spector-esque, but rougher "Santa Claus is Coming to Town," and The Beach Boys returning for a set including "Little Saint Nick," "Monster Mash" (yes, really) "Papa Oom Mow Mow," "Johnny B. Goode," and "We Three Kings."


CHARLEY CROCKETT plays World Cafe.

THE HOLD STEADY covers Counting Crows' "A Long December" and plays "Chillout Tent" with Michael Imperioli.

JENNYLEE (of Warpaint) shares "Heart Tax" and "Tickles."

GROHL & KURSTIN (and Violet Grohl) cover Amy Winehouse’s “Take The Box” for Hannukah.


THE TOP 100 SONGS of 2021, according to NPR.

THE BEATLES' road manager Mal Evans will be the subject of a biography before the release of archives.

LINDSEY BUCKINGHAM: Lessons from a songwriting legend.

BIG BOI, on Kate Bush, George Clinton, drum'n'bass, and Outkast's unreleased music.


EDDIE MEKKA, the actor who played Carmine "The Big Ragu" Ragusa, the high school sweetheart of Cindy Williams’ Shirley Feeney on the hit ’70s sitcom Laverne & Shirley, has died at his home in Newhall, CA. He was 69.

MEGXIT: A British media company lost its appeal Thursday against a judge's ruling that it invaded the privacy of Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, by publishing parts of a letter she wrote to her estranged father, Thomas Markle. ALSO: Prince Harry felt slighted by Queen Elizabeth II and the rest of his family during the 2019 Christmas broadcast after his photo was removed from the table while filming.

A GAME OF THRONES PREQUEL pilot that was scrapped cost HBO 33MM.

KATHY GRIFFIN revealed that she is now cancer-free following surgery.

PAUL THOMAS ANDERSON and LICORICE PIZZA took Best Director and Best Film for this year from the National Board of Review.

NETFLIX remains blocked by a Cali appeals court from poaching executives at Disney’s Fox unit.

MOVIE STUDIO 'TRACKING" DATA is now published by The Quorum.


A SMALL GIRL, a big owl.

A REINDEER, trying to catch the train.

A CORGI makes his own fun.

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