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It's that Power Pop time of year. Again.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, May 21, 2021 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with POWER POP! A few of these may be known generally, like Cheap Trick's "Way of the World" and Nick Lowe's "Cruel to Be Kind"... and some well-known to fans of the genre, like Dwight Twilley's "I'm On Fire," Shoes "Too Late," The Records' "Starry Eyes," the Flamin' Groovies' "Shake Some Action" and the Plimsouls'  "A Million Miles Away" (seen here in a rare live slot).  Others are well-known to longtime Pate fans, like the Three O'Clock's "Her Head's Revolving" or Let's Active's "Waters Part."

KATHLEEN EDWARDS plays a Tiny Desk Concert.

MOSES SUMNEY plays a Tiny Desk Concert.

LANA DEL REY shares three new tracks from Blue Banisters.

REAL ESTATE covers My Bloody Valentine, John Cale, Roger Miller and more for a Lagniappe Session.


DURAN DURAN returns with "Invisible."

JAPANESE BREAKFAST's video for "Savage Good Boy" stars Michael Imperioli.

BLACK MIDI shares “Chondromalacia Patella.”

JENNY LEWIS was nearly in The Big Lebowski, Clueless, and many more.

THE VIOLENT FEMMES discuss their long career at the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

KACEY MUSGRAVES talks about her new album influenced by Bill Withers, Daft Punk, Sade, The Eagles, and Weezer.

BRAM TCHAIKOVSKY: "Girl Of My Dreams" and "Lady From the USA", live. Because it's Power Pop Friday, of course.


BENNIFER: Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck are in no rush to define their rekindled relationship.

PRINCE HARRY is speaking out against the BBC and Martin Bashir after an official inquiry determined Bashir used "deceitful methods" to secure his controversial interview with Princess Diana in 1995.

ANGELINA JOLIE, covered in bees.

JOHNNY DEPP is trying to prove that his ex-wife Amber Heard has not donated the 7MM won in their divorce settlement like she said she would when the divorce was finalized in 2015.

KNIVES OUT 2 signs Kate Hudson.

HOCUS POCUS 2 is officially happening.

CHRIS ROCK said he thinks cancel culture is “disrespectful” to audiences.

SEINFELD writer Larry Charles claims Kramer would have been a QAnon conspiracy theorist if the show was still being made today.

ZACK SNYDER: "I don't have a rightwing political agenda. People see what they want to see."

EDDIE MULLER, host of TCM's Noir Alley, talks to Sonny Bunch about the HFPA, film restoration, and living the dream.


AN OTTER gives petting instruction.

A GREEN SEA TURTLE snuggles into a sea sponge for a nap.

THE BROOD X CICADAS have a fungus that causes them to lose their lower abdomen and genitals. And it pushes their mating into hyperdrive.

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Jon Pratt Covers Himself, and Thursday Things.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, May 20, 2021 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


JON PRATT covers Pate's anthemic "Gone Electric" as Pete Townshend crossed with early Billy Bragg.

PALBERTA plays a Tiny Desk Concert.

WILD PINK plays for KEXP.

LUCY DACUS shares "VBS."

SAM EVIAN shares "Easy to Love."

ROSE CITY BAND shares “Ramblin’ With The Day.”

R.E.M. will reissue their debut single, "Radio Free Europe", on July 23 to mark the song's 40th anniversary. 

LIZ PHAIR chooses her targets.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Steve Winwood's retro blues-rock yarl "Roll With It."


FRIENDS: The reunion gets a full trailer.

RESPECT: The Aretha biopic has a trailer online.

MEGXIT: Prince Harry is set to drop more “truth bombs” in his new mental health series with Oprah Winfrey.

SALMA HAYEK on the ‘Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard,' ‘Eternals' and Her Secret Near-Fatal Battle With COVID.

BILLY PORTER reveals he's HIV-positive.

CHER will have her life story unfold on movie screens through Universal Pictures.

MISCHA BARTON reveals why she left The O.C.

ZACK SNYDER says there's a Director's Cut of Sucker Punch.

PAUL MOONEY, the pioneering comic (Chappelle’s Show), writer (for Richard Pryor)  and actor (The Buddy Holly Story), has died. He was 79.


THE CAT is not thrilled about the family photo.

SWIMMING with Dolphins.

A DOGGO helps out with some fawns.

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Charles Grodin RIP, and Wednesday Things.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, May 19, 2021 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


SIMON & GARFUNKEL tackle "Late In the Evening" in Central Park, circa 1981, iirc

JIMMY MONTAGUE streams Casual Use, a maximalist, horn-fueled, '70s-style baroque pop album.

BEABADOOBEE virtually visits The Current.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED features Sleater-Kinney, Lowland Hum re-recording Peter Gabriel, and more.

BLEACHERS shares "Stop Making This Hurt."

PAUL WELLER: Will streaming end the Modfather's career?

PATTI SMITH talks to Rolling Stone about the return of live music and meeting Bob Dylan.

CHRIS CORNELL's Top 15 Songs, according to Paste.

JAYNE COUNTY: The outrageous life of the first trans rock 'n' roller.


CHARLES GRODIN, the versatile actor familiar from "Same Time, Next Year" on Broadway, popular movies like "The Heartbreak Kid," "Midnight Run" and "Beethoven" and numerous television appearances, died on Tuesday at his home in Wilton, Conn. He was 86. BONUS: A look back at his talk show appearances.

MARILYN MANSON has been sued by his former personal assistant, Ashley Walters, for "sexual assault, battery, and harassment."

MATTHEW McCONAUGHEY is making calls as he weighs a run for Governor of Texas.

NAOMI CAMBELL becomes a first-time mom at 50.

JENNIFER LOVE HEWITT is expecting her third child.

ZACK SNYDER has an idea for a movie about George Washington with "mystic and mythological" elements.

SHREK at 20: Slagged by The Guardian.

THE NOWHERE INN, he mockumentary starring and co-written by Carrie Brownstein and St. Vincent, has a trailer online.

GWYNETH PALTROW's Goop is being sued because one of those vagina-scented candles allegedly exploded.


NATURE, hanging out at the fountain.

A CAT'S VERSION of the dinner bell.

A CLEVER POODLE scares his owner every time.

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It's like Monday, but one more.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, May 18, 2021 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


STRAWBERRY ALARM CLOCK: "Incense and Peppermints" plus "Tomorrow" for Twofer Tuesday.

PERFUME GENIUS, Live at the Palace Theater.

THE FLAMING LIPS' Wayne Coyne visits World Cafe.

LONG HAIR AND LOWRIDERS: Latin Rock in 1971.

SON VOLT shares "Reverie."

OKKERVIL RIVER shares "It Hasn't Happened Yet."


ST. VINCENT: Annie Clark talks to All Things Considered about her new album.

THE BLACK KEYS talk to NME about their accidental new LP.

R.E.M.: Reveal Turns 20. And here also.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Richard Marx's first chart-topper, the cheating-hearts soft-rock ballad "Hold On To The Nights."


AT & T is merging WarnerMedia with Discovery into one giant media company.

AMAZON is in discussions to acquire MGM.

ARIANA GRANDE and Dalton Gomez have tied the knot.

LOKI: Wanna see Owen Wilson in the MCU?

ZACK SNYDER set out to write the threequel to 300 during the pandemic, but it took an odd turn.

BILL GATES left Microsoft's board after he was investigated for a past affair with an employee when the staffer brought it to light in 2019. 

DICK VAN DYKE is 95 and desperate to get back onstage.


CATTLE RUSTLER sentenced in Montana.

HERE COME the Cicada Rats.

A CAT, with dominoes.

A TALKING DINOSAUR reads to golden puppies.

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Working on a conspiracy theory about the shortness of weekends.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, May 17, 2021 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


WE FIVE: Because "You Were On My Mind," natch.

NEW RELEASES: Paste will point you to St Vincent, Jorja Smith, Juliana Hatfield, and more.

BILL'S INDIE BASEMENT has Paul Weller, The Chills, Matt Berry, and more.

NEIL YOUNG, from the Buffalo Springfield years all the way through the incredible Time Fades Away, gets over two and a half hours of discussion and analysis on Political Beats with guest Jeff Dufour.  The episode should drop this morning.


JULIANA HATFIELD talks to Stereogum about ‘Beavis And Butt-Head,' the music industry, landscaping, and Phil Collins.

ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME CEO Greg Harris defended the lack of heavy metal inductees following the announcement of this year's shortlist.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Cheap Trick's pop-comeback power ballad "The Flame."


WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: In a downer of a weekend, Spiral: From The Book of Saw, starring Chris Rock and Samuel L. Jackson, topped the chart with 8.7MM, under modest projections of 10-15MM.  The Angelina Jolie Western, Those Who Wish Me Dead, placed with 2.8MM.  Zack Snyder's Army of the Dead showed with only780K, but was only released on 430 screens by Netflix with no advertising.

MARVEL's “Eternals” and “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings,” may not be approved for release in China. In case you were wondering about appeasement as a strategy.

MEGXIT: Palace aides have called on Duke and Duchess of Sussex to give up their titles.


LILY JAMES is looking a lot like Pamela Anderson.

ROBERT DE NIRO suffered an excruciating leg injury during the filming of Martin Scorsese’s “Killers of the Flower Moon.”

TREVOR NOAH & MINKA KELLY have called it quits.



TIGER ON THE LAM in Houston was taken into custody.

K9 BITES COW, SC deputy Tases K9, cow kicks deputy.

GIANT GATOR Chases Florida Man During Tarpon Fishing.

RARE CALIFORNIA CONDORS are having a non-stop party at Cinda Mickols's house.

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