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New Releases, Indie Basement, Animal Collective, Robert Forster RIP   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, October 14, 2019 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


GLADYS KNIGHT is backed on "Midnight Train to Georgia" by Jack Black, Ben Stiller and Robert Downey Jr., through the magic of CGI, to promote Tropic Thunder back in 2008.

NEW RELEASES: Pitchfork will point you to Big Thief, Kim Gordon, Richard Dawson, and more.

INDIE BASEMENT will point you to the Allah-Lahs, Elbow, The Wedding Present, and more.

ANIMAL COLLECTIVE debuted a bunch of new songs over the weeekend.

JULIEN BAKER shares “Tokyo” and “Sucker Punch.”


BRITTANY HOWARD nails "Stay High" on Corden.

EDDIE VAN HALEN is reportedly undergoing surgery for throat cancer.

THE BLACK CROWES : Chris and Rich Robinson may reunite, but not with the full band.

GARY GLITTER, as it turns out, will not profit from Joker.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Daryl Hall & John Oates' class-warfare-themed blue-eyed soul jam, "Rich Girl."


WEEKEND BOX OFFICE:  Joker repeats atop the chart with 55MM on a 42 percent drop that's leggy for the superghero genre (esp. DC films). At 192MM domestic, it has already outgrossed Justice League. And it's done another 351MM overseas already.  The Addams Family places with 30.3MM, probably boosted by the Columbus Day holiday weekend and the Halloween season generally.  That's pretty good againt a very modest reported budget of 40MM, esp when you consider most of the kids seeing it don't even know about the 90s reboot, let alone the 60s series.  Get off my lawn.  Gemini Man shows in its debut with 20.5MM against a 138MM budget; it made almost twice as much overseas tho.  Abominable slides to the fourth slot with 6.2MM on a 48 percent drop; it finally opened in China, lifting the gross to over 100MM worldwide.  Downton Abbey rounds out the Top Five with another 4.9MM on a 39 percent drop; its 120MM worldwide grosss against a 20MM budget is one of the bigger returns on investment this year.

ROBERT FORSTER, the journeyman actor whose comeback role as a bail bondsman in Quentin Tarantino’s Jackie Brown earned him an Oscar nomination, and who drew acclaim for his tough-guy performances on the television series “Breaking Bad” and the reboot of “Twin Peaks,” died on Friday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 78. He's remembered by Quentin Tarantino and David Lynch.

RONAN FARROW claims NBC paid settlements to Matt Lauer’s victims for years. Farrow's producer says Peacock execs Lack and Oppenheim "behaved more like members of Weinstein’s PR team than the journalists they claim to be."

GROUCH has a trailer online.

ELTON JOHN answers questions from famous fans, including Bob Dylan.

HUGH GRANT would like to register a complaint.

GAL GADOT will star as Irena Sendler, a Polish woman credited with saving 2,500 Jewish children from the Holocaust.

JANE FONDA has moved to D.C. for the next few months, and plans to get arrested at the Capitol every Friday through the end of the year.


A PUPPY adopts a stray kitten.

FAKE NEWS about a dog in the New York Times, circa 1908.

A DOG missing for 12 years from Orlando turns up in Pittsburgh.

AN OTTER got you something.

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Joe Jackson, Blackwater Holylight, Brittany Howard, Lumineers, Kittens   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, October 11, 2019 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with JOE JACKSON! Live in Tokyo on1986, for the Big World tour. Your set list: One More Time, Wild West, Right & Wrong, You Can't Get What You Want (Til You Know What You Want), (It's a) Big World, Hometown, On Your Radio, Shanghai Sky, Fifty Dollar Love Affair, Cancer/Be My Number Two/Breaking Us in Two, Steppin' Out, Survival, Soul Kiss, It's Different for Girls, The Jet Set, Monday Papers, Tonight and Forever, Jumpin' Jive Medley: Jack You're Dead/What's the Use of Getting Sober (When You're Gonna Get Drunk Again)/Jumpin' Jive, I'm the Man, and Man in the Street.

BLACKWATER HOLYLIGHT streams Veils of Winter.

BRITTANY HOWARD visits Morning Becomes Eclectic.

THE LUMINEERS perform at a WFUV Live House Concert.

WHY? covers the Silver Jews' classic "We Are Real."

PALEHOUND shares "Your Boyfriend's Gun" and their cover of Yo La Tengo 's classic "Autumn Sweater."


ARCTIC MONKEYS' explosive debut single, "I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor."

THE 100 BEST LPs OF THE 2010s, according to Paste.

COACHELLA '99 lost a million dollars and started an empire.

BOB SEGER: An Appreciation.

LLOYD COLE & THE COMMOTIONS: How we made Rattlesnakes.


NOW SHOWING:  This weekend's wide releases include the animated version of The Addams Family, which is currently scoring 34 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; Gemini Man, which is currently scoring 27 percent; and Jexi, which was not screened for critics. Given the weekday receipts, I would not be surprised to see Joker repeat atop the chart.

SOUTH PARK's "Band in China" episode  was screened on the streets of Hong Kong on Tuesday evening.

WILL SMITH Cracked the Code on Making Real Money in Hollywood.

ANG LEE is forever at war with himself.

DREW BARRYMORE is getting a daytime talk show.

THE DUCHESS OF YORK has had some work done.

PAUL RUDD, the One-Man Double Act.

ONWARD, from Pixar, has a trailer online.


KITTENS, dressed as squirtles.

MEET CAPTAIN, the Washington Capitals' New Service Dog-in-Training.

AN INVASIVE ASIAN SNAKEHEAD FISH that can grow to 3 feet long and exist on land has surfaced in Georgia for the first time ever.

A POLICE DOG finds a missing Ohio 3-year-old in 10 minutes.

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Charly Bliss, Charlie Hunyer & Lucy Woodward, Mac DeMarco, Bear   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, October 10, 2019 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


GUADALCANAL DIARY: From the "Where Are They Now?" file (and MTV's 120 Minutes), we have a semi-live take on "Watusi Rodeo."

CHARLY BLISS plays a Tiny Desk Concert.

CHARLIE HUNTER & LUCY WOODWARD play the Mountain Stage.

MAC DeMARCO plays The Current.

THE DODOS share "The Atlantic."

ERIC BACHMANN shares “Misinformation Age.”

HUSBANDS share "Mexico."


ANGEL OLSEN takes Pitchfork on a track-by-track tour of her new LP.

LIZ PHAIR discusses her memoir at Salon.

DOLLY PARTON: "When they say, ‘Less is more,’ I say, ‘That’s BS. More is more.’”

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Barbra Streisand's gloopy ballad, "Love Theme From 'A Star Is Born' (Evergreen)."


MATT LAUER is accused of raping a former colleague, which he denies. Did Lauer's story play a role in NBC's decision to kill Ronan Farrow's 2017 Harvey Weinstein exposé?


JOKER: Oscar voters react

RYAN REYNOLDS & WILL FERRELL are doing a musical Christmas Carol for AppleTV for decidedly non-Scrroge money.

THE MATRIX 4: Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (Aquaman) has landed one of the lead roles in the latest installment.

STAR WARS: Denis Lawson will return as Wedge Antilles in Episode IX.

JASON STAHAM & GUY RITCHIE are reuniting for a remake of French thriller Le Convoyeur.


HOLLY: America's Fattest Bear and Role Model to All.

ARMIES OF TARANTULAS are descending on San Franciso to get it on.

A PUPPY in Oklahoma is responsible for shooting a woman and sending her to a hospital.

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Jeff Tweedy, Flo & Eddie, Golden Dawn Arkestra, Python   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, October 09, 2019 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



JEFF TWEEDY guest DJs on All Songs Considered.

FLO & EDDIE, Live at the Capitol Theater, October 29, 1975.

GOLDEN DAWN ARKESTRA streams Darkness Falls on the Edge of Time.

LIZ PHAIR shares "Good Side."

GUIDED BY VOICES shares "Unfun Glitz."

LACY DACUS shares a cover of Phil Collins' "In The Air Tonight."

CARIBOU returns with "Home."


THE NATIONAL shares a video for "Hey Rosey."

THE BLACK KEYS' Patrick Carney ain't a fan of the Grammys.

GEDDY LEE is all about that bass in a talk on World Cafe.

THE BEST SONGS OF THE DECADE, according to Gorilla vs Bear.

ROBBIE ROBERTSON, on how The Band dissolved in drugs and self-destruction.


JOHN WICK: The ballerina is getting spun off with director Len Weisman.

ROBERT DOWNEY, JR weighs in on Scorsese's dismissal of the MCU.

LORI LAUGHLIN may get a stiffer sentence than Felicity Huffman in the college admissions scandal.

THE BACHELOR was reportedly rushed to the hospital on Monday after he split his head open while playing golf in Costa Rica .

ALEC BALDWIN got scammed by a fake NYC tour operator.

JAMES VAN DER BEEK and his wife are expecting their sixth child.

STACEY DASH will not be charged with domestic violence.

JOKER director Todd Philips breaks down the opening scene of the movie in great detail.

DAVID HASSELHOFF remains an icon for German unity.


A PYTHON with a full stomach was found in a Pennsylvania couple's backyard.

SAN JOSE THIEVES steal a duffel bag full of snakes. Whoops.

CHINA IS BREEDING GIANT PIGS as heavy as polar bears.

WHO AMONG US? Clubber wakes up 100 miles from home surrounded by sheep with £400 Uber bill.

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Sharon Van Etten, David Berman tribute, Devon Welsh, Cats & Dogs   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, October 08, 2019 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


FEIST staples "Mushaboom" and "1 2 3 4" are your Twofer Tuesday.

SHARON VAN ETTEN plays a Tiny Desk Concert.

DAVID BERMAN: Stream Approaching Perfection: A Tribute To DC Berman.

DEVON WELSH (Majical Cloudz) is streaming a solo LP, True Love.

KIM GORDON shares "Hungry Baby."

LANA DEL REY brought on Joan Baez and Adam Cohen at The Greek.


VIVIAN GIRLS cover Jay Reatard's "My Shadow" at their tour opener in L.A.

GRAM PARSONS gets two hours of discussion and analysis on Political Beats, with guest Ben Jacobs of Jewish Insider.

THE 200 BEST SONGS of the last 10 years, according to Pitchfork.

GARY GLITTER stands to make money fom Joker.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at the Eagles' stressed-out, passive-aggressive, very pretty "New Kid In Town."


JUSTIN BIEBER mocks TAYLOR SWIFT's  post-surgery meltdown.

HELENA BONHAM CARTER says she discussed playing Princess Margaret in The Crown with the deceased royal herself.

ELTON JOHN says Richard Gere and Sylvester Stallone appeared to come very close a fistfight over Princess Diana.

SOUTH PARK responds to being banned in China.

EDWARD NORTON's disruptive world.

REESE WITHERSPOON faces her fears.

ALEX TERBEK , who continues to work as he fights pancreatic cancer, said he doesn't fear death and vowed to stay on the job “as long as my skills do not diminish.”

THE MARVEL-LESS MISTER MARTIN: Andy Levy essays Scorsese's take on the MCU.


AN ADORABLE GIANT DOG comforts a tiny rescue kitten at bath time.

A DEER crashes into the Be.you.tiful hair salon in Lake Ronkonkoma.

AN ANGRY WILD ELEPHANT 'destroys cars and houses' in a Chinese town after 'failing to find a girlfriend to mate.'  Incelephant?

A NEW JERSEY RESERVATION remains closed after 2 separate coyote attacks.

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