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Elton John, Bleached, Black Lips, Star Wars, Dog & Pig   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, December 20, 2019 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with ELTON JOHN! Half of a live show captured by the OGWT on Christmas Eve, 1974.  Your setlist includes: "Grimsby" (incomplete), "Rocket Man," "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road," "Daniel," Grey Seal,"  "Bennie And The Jets," "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds," "I Saw Her Standing There," "Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me," "Honky Cat," "Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting," "Crocodile Rock," "The B^tch Is Back," "Your Song," and "White Christmas."



SON LITTLE visits WNYC Soundcheck.


KIM GORDON shares a video for "Earthquake."

PHOEBE BRIDGERS reflects on the decade.

THE TOP 25 Hannukah Songs?

THE TOP 100 PUNK & EMO LPs of the decade, according to Brooklyn Vegan

THE TOP 20 ALBUMS of 2019, according to NPR listeners.


NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases are Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, which is currently scoring 57 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; Cats, scoring 19 percent; and Bombshell, scoring 65 percent.

THE RISE OF SKYWALKER is a movie that desperately wants you to like it and is very much aware of how much people soured on The Last Jedi. So it is as if those resposnible for this film went through all the other Star Wars movies (and Raiders of the Lost Ark and North By Northwest to boot) and every time they saw something audiences liked, they wrote it down and stuffed it into this movie.  The Last Jedi was about subverting fan expectations; this one goes overboard in trying to meet them. At some point, the fan service turns this movie into Biff Loman, sweaty salesman.  Where that point is reached will vary from viewer to viewer, but it will be reached.  The overstuffing of the movie (and the death of Carrie Fisher) makes the plot more convoluted than it needs to be, though to be fair, the plot here is better than the slow-speed chase and casino excursion of the prior installment. The need to dig out of the hole created by The Last Jedi also forced JJ Abrams & Co into a lose/lose scenario in terms of how much to follow it or abandon it; viewers' reactions to those decisions will vary as well (I was mostly fine with their choices, ham-fisted as they occasionally were). And upon reflection, perhaps these issues and the sound-and-fury-signifying-litte quality of The Rise of Skywalker is all a function of the major weakness of these sequels, namely the failure to fully develop the new lead characters (with the arguable exception of Kylo Ren).  As a Star Wars fanatic, this was on some level all a huge missed opportunity, though in fairness, I could argue that's been true since Return of the Jedi.  I liked this one better than the last one, but that's a low bar.  In a few years, maybe Kevin Feige will have a better idea of what to do with this franchise.

BILLY DEE WILLIAMS reflects on the long history of Lando Calrissian—and getting into the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon for one last ride.

CHRISTOPHER NOLAN's TENET has a trailer online.

THE BEST MOVIES of 2019, according to Uproxx.

CHARLIZE THERON's performances, ranked by Vulture.

MARVEL defined the 2010s; the plans for it were laid even before the decade began.

NICOLAS CAGE: Entertainment Weekly visits the set of his H.P. Lovecraft movie.


A DOG & PIG have a weekly playdate.

AN ESCAPED GATOR was spotted crossing the street in Montreal's Villeray neighborhood.

TENS OF COBRAS terrorize toilets in West Jakarta.

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Los Lobos, Joseph Arthur, Dr Dog, Cats... and Cats   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, December 19, 2019 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


EURYTHMICS'. Dave Stewart declares "Christmas is For Lovers".

LOS LOBOS plays a Tiny Desk Concert.

JOSEPH ARTHUR visits WFUV's Studio A.

DR DOG releases Oh My Christmas Tree Volume 2.


JAMES BLAKE covers Aqua's "Barbie Girl."

AQUARIUM DRUNKARD's 2019 Year in Review.

WORLD CAFE's Best Songs Of 2019.

TOM PETTY's widow Dana and his daughters Adria and Annakim are ending a legal battle over who will manage his estate.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Andy Gibb's slinky, sinister disco monster "Shadow Dancing." 


ADAM DRIVER allegedly left an NPR interview after expressing displeasure with listening to a clip of his own acting.

KATE BECKINSALE thinks living with a spouse might actually be worse for a relationship.


CHRISTOPHER NOLAN's TENET gets a first look from Entertainment Weekly.

THE AFFAIR: Why did Ruth Wilson quit the role that earned her a Golden Globe? It's complicated.

THE AMERICAN FILM INSTITUTE has announced its picks for the best films ond TV shows of 2019.

CATS: There are reviews like this one. And like this one.


A FOUR-YEAR-OLD GIRL loves her cats, and her cats love her.

THIS CAT was completely heartbroken until she started nursing a litter of puppies.

DINOSAURS may have been poisoned before asteroid hit, study reveals.

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Joan Shelley, Weyes Blood, Hiss Golden Messenger, Piper   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, December 18, 2019 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


DARLENE LOVE's final "Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home)" for Letterman.

JOAN SHELLEY visits World Cafe.

WEYES BLOOD plays a Tiny Desk Concert.


SPARKS returns with "Please Don't F*** Up My World."

BEACH SLANG shares "Jolly Liver."


THE VOIDZ: Julian Casablancas, Mac DeMarco and Kirin J Callinan share a video for "Did My Best" and "The Eternal Tao 2.0."

PRINCE: Lisa Coleman talks to The Current about Prince in the 80s; there are also links to The Current's four-part podcaast on 1999.

NPR Music's Best Albums of 2019 Staff Picks. And NPR's Best Albums of 2019. And Best Songs.

WHY Are There No New Christmas Songs

SEASONABLY RICH: How much are musicians making from our favorite Christmas songs?


STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER early reactions are... a lot.

CHARLIZE THERON says she was sexually harassed by a "famous director" early in her career.

ROMAN POLANSKI says he feels like a leper. Can't imagine why...

MADONNA was spotted in Miami cozying up to 25-year-old dancer Ahlamalik Williams over the weekend.

BILL & TED FACE THE MUSIC gave a first look to Entertainment Weekly.




PIPER THE DOG went missing for two weeks, then greeted his boy at school.

EDDIE THE CORGI likes removing his boy's socks.

ABBY'S KITTEN wants a sweater.

FERAL PIGS Roam the South. Now Even Northern States Aren't Safe.

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Jeff Lynne, Angel Olsen, Electric Guest, Deer   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, December 17, 2019 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


KIM WILDE drunkenly warbles "Kids In America" and "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" on the subway. 

JEFF LYNNE of ELO visits World Cafe.

ANGEL OLSEN visits World Cafe.

ELECTRIC GUEST visits Morning Becomes Eclectic.


DEBBIE HARRY & JESSE MALIN cover the Pogues’ “Fairytale Of New York.”

MARIAH CAREY's version of "All I Want For Christmas Is You" tops the chart after 25 years.

HOLIDAY SONGS, showcased by Brooklyn Vegan and Salon.

THE 2019 GUMMY AWARDS are announced.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John's eternally silly 'Grease' duet "You're The One That I Want."


EDDIE MURPHY: Don’t call it a comeback.

LORI LAUGHLIN accuses the feds of withholding evidence in the Varsity Blues scandal.

LIAM HEMSWORTH has sparked rumors of a romance with Australian model Gabriella Brooks.

WATCHMEN: Damon Lindelof is done with Watchmen... Unless he isn't.

FLORENCE PUGH Explains Why She's So Cool.

1917 director Sam Mendes credits James Bond for this harrowing WWI story.

JAY CUTLER puts the Jay Cutler in Christmas.


A DEER scores a soccer goal, then celebrates.

CAT JUMPS, in slow motion.

A KANGAROO with 'bad attitude' beats up elderly woman, terrorizes town.

GRANDMOTHER ORCAS help their grand-whales survive.

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New Releases, Indie Basement, Chroomatics, Roy Loney RIP, Doggo   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, December 16, 2019 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


SHARON JONES & THE DAP-KINGS are dreaming of a "White Christmas."

NEW RELEASES: Pitchfork will point you to Duster, Eddy Current Suppression Ring and the Uncut Gems soundtrack.

INDIE BASEMENT will point you toward John Myrtle, The Lodge 49 soundtrack, and The Sound of Sheffield.

CHROMATICS stream The Sound of Silence EP.

GRANDDADDY shares “RIP Coyote Condo #5.


MOUNT EERIE & JULIE DORION cover Dolly Parton's “I Will Always Love You."

ELTON JOHN's "Your Song" lyrics sell for £180,000 at auction but drafts of three other classics went unsold.

THE TOP 20 COUNTRY & AMERICANA ALBUMS of 2019, according to Paste.

ROY LONEY, the original frontman of the influential power-pop band Flamin’ Groovies, has died at 73.

GERSHON KINGSLEY, the Moog pioneer who wrote "Popcorn" has died at 97.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at the moment when '50s crooner Johnny Mathis and '80s hitmaker Deniece Williams teamed up on the adult-contempo breakup duet "Too Much, Too Little, Too Late."


WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Jumanji: The Next Level has top score with 60.1MM, unlikely to match the original, yet still remain a major player through the holidays.  Frozen II places with 19.2MM on a 46 percent drop, which is probably a notch worse than expected but enough to bust the billion-dollar mark worldwide.  Knives Out shows with 9.3MM on a leggy 35 percent drop; it could really max out if it can survive the Rise of Skywalker next weekend (and tbh, everything about Disney's marketing campaign says they're worrtied The Last Jedi really put everyone off).  Richard Jewell debuts in the fourth slot with 5MM, which is bad even against a perported 45MM budget; many will attribute this to politics, when it may just be that Clint Eastwood isn't in it and people are otherwise uninterested in the story.  Black Christmas rounds out the Top Five with 4.4M, which is also pretty bad considering that the last remake in 2006 opened with 16MM.

THE RISE OF SKYWALKER released a new clip featuring Kylo Ren hearing voices. Also, J.J. shared this clip at Fortnite.

COLIN FIRTH and his wife have split after 22 years of marriage.


ROD STEWART's congratulations to UK PM Boris Johnson angered some fans, esp in Scotland.

HARVEY WEINSTEIN feels unappreciated.

JOHN TRAVOLTA & OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN reprised their iconic roles for a Grease sing-along in Florida.

DANNY AIELLO, a character actor best known for his work in such films as "Do the Right Thing" and "Moonstruck," died on Thursday night in New Jersey. He was 86.

ANNA KARINA, known for her prolific work in French New Wave films and collaborations with Serge Gainsbourg, has died at 79.

RIP TORN's cause of death was revealed as Alzheimer's, which is not a great way to go.


A DOOGO TRAPPED on a truck in the middle of a river is rescued.

A KITTY tries to tag in on WrestleMania.

EGYPT unveiled an unprecedented discovery of dozens of mummified sacred animals, including cats, crocodiles and two lion cubs, found during the excavation of a tomb of a royal priest.

BIRDS are vanishing from North America. There’s a way to bring them back.

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