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New Releases, Indie Basement, and y'know, Monday Things.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, December 14, 2020 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


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

NEW RELEASES: Pitchfork will point you to Taylor Swift, The Avalanches, and more.

BILL'S INDIE BASEMENT has Guided by Voices, Osees, Brigid Dawso, and more.

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN brought two of his new songs to SNL.


CHARLEY PRIDE, the first major Black star in country music, dies at 86 of covid-19.

SHARON VAN ETTEN: So, How Was Your 2020?

THE 50 BEST LPs of 2020, according to NME.

THE 50 BEST SONGS of 2020, according to Paste.


WEEKEND BOX OFFICE?  No new releases this weekend, but Croods: New Age threepeats atop the chart with 3MM on a 32 percent drop; Half Brothers places with 490K on a 30 percent drop; and the re-reease of Elf showed with 390K.

JUDD APATOW thinks the HBOMax deal showed a stunning disrespect to creators.

THIS BLOCKBUSTER Is Coming to a Living Room Near You.

HOWARD STERN is a Scrooge, according to ex-staffers.

BEHIND THE MUSIC: The Muppet Christmas Carol.

THE 50 BEST TV THEMES, according to Paste.

TOM CRUISE'S Holiday Cake is a Hollywood status symbol.

FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA talks to Vulture about Mario Puzo’s The Godfather, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone and much, much more.

JOHN le CARRE, whose exquisitely nuanced, intricately plotted Cold War thrillers elevated the spy novel to high art by presenting both Western and Soviet spies as morally compromised cogs in a rotten system full of treachery, betrayal and personal tragedy, died on Saturday in Cornwall, England. He was 89.


AS SKATEBOARDING DOGS GO, this one is pretty good.

HITLER'S PET ALLIGATOR will be stuffed for posterity and put on display at Moscow’s Darwin Zoo.

A DOGGO, taunted by a groundhog eating pizza.

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Aimee Mann, and I'm still playing catch-up on "news."   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, December 11, 2020 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with AIMEE MANN's CHRISTMAS CAROL (profanity warnings): Part One has your Scrooge-y set-up with Michael Penn. Part Two features The Office's John Krasinski. Part Three has Michael Cera. Part Four has John C. Reilly.


MUZZ is streaming their Covers EP.

KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD share "If Not Now, Then When?"

THE ROLLING STONES are turning into an FX series written by Nick Hornby.

JON BON JOVI covered "Fairytale Of New York" and The Pogues don't like it.

JIM MORRISON'S final concert did not go well, 50 years ago.

2020's BEST HOLIDAY MUSIC, according to The AV Club.


THE HOUSE OF MOUSE plans 10 more Star Wars series and 10 more Marvel shows.And here's a preview of one.

DUNE director Denis Villeneuve blasts the HBOMax deal.

HARRISON FORD is donning his hat and whip once again, reprising his role as Indiana Jones for the fifth and final movie directed by James Mangold.

RACHEL McADAMS will reprise her role in the next Doctor Strange film.

ELLEN DeGENERES has the coronavirus.

PATTY JENKINS, director of the Wonder Woman movies, is not a fan of Joss Whedon's Justice League.

THE OFFICE's Brian Baumgartner, who played the chili-loving accountant Kevin Malone on the NBC sitcom, is set to earn more than a million bucks from making Cameo videos.

FRANCES McDORMAND is profiled at Vogue.

NOBODY, starring Bob Odenkirk in a revenge flick, has a trailer online.

DAVID FINCHER's habit of doing huge numbers of takes continued on Mank.

TINY LISTER, a longtime character actor best known for playing the menacing neighborhood bully in Ice Cube and Chris Tucker’s comedy “Friday,” has died at 62.


REINDEER, under the Northern Lights.

THE GREAT ESCAPE, with a hamster.

ANTEATER ON THE LAM, found after 3 months.

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So, all hell broke loose at work, but here are a few Things.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, December 10, 2020 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



HAYLEY WILLIAMS plays a Tiny Desk Concert of new material, with Julien Baker on guitar.

JOSE FELICIANO's 50th anniversary performance of "Feliz Navidad."

YO LA TENGO announce a virtual Hannukah show.

LARGEHEARTED BOY's Favorite Albums of 2020.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Whitney Houston's showstoppig big-swing ballad "Greatest Love Of All."

INSIDE JOHNNY DEPP's Self-Made Implosion.

THE HOUSE OF MOUSE will be announcing "A significant expansion of the ‘Star Wars' universe" during today's Investor Presentation.

SPIDER-MAN 3... with Charlie Cook as Daredevil?

MERYL STREEP is underrated?


SCOTT PILGRIM vs THE WORLD, Revisited at 10.

A BIRD swallows a baby alligator whole.

A BUSH BABY gets a treat.

A HORDE OF HUNGRY RATS besieged an Upper Manhattan Chipotle restaurant, going after avocados and employees.

More tomorrow, I hope.

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Not a "news" great day, but some Wednesday Things.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, December 09, 2020 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


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


JESS CORNELIUS plays for World Cafe.

OZZY OSBOURNE baked a hash cake years ago and was shocked when he came home to find a clergyman eating it in his kitchen, completely unaware what was in it.

HAROLD BUDD has died at the age of 84.


SPIDER-MAN 3: Alfred Molina is putting the metal arms back on to reprise his role as the villainous Doctor Octopus.

KINGSMAN: How about another seven movies and a TV show?

HOWARD STERN signed a new five-year deal with SiriusXM.

AMANDA SEYFRIED talks about turning down Guardians of the Galaxy.

PAUL DOOLEY talks about Breaking Away, Popeye, and the scene John Hughes wrote just for him.

ALEX TREBEK got a sly tribute from Google.

MARIO LOPEZ is Col. Sanders in... A Recipe for Seduction.

THE TEN BEST FILMS of 2020, according to Variety's Peter Debruge and Owen Gieberman.


A RACCOON is rescued from a ledge in TriBeCa.

WIDOWED OTTERS move in together after meeting on a dating app.

FOUR LIONS at a Barcelona zoo test positive for coronavirus.

HOW SLASH THE BEAR Stole Christmas.

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Chuck Yeager RIP, and Tuesday Things.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, December 08, 2020 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


BOB GELDOF, by his own admission, is responsible for two of the worst songs in history: "'Do They Know It's Christmas?" and "We Are The World."

LOW CUT CONNIE plays for World Cafe.

BLACK PUMAS play a Tiny Desk Concert.

SHARON VAN ETTEN covers "Silent Night" and "Blue Christmas."


BOB DYLAN sold his entire catalog of songs, which encompasses more than 600 songs over 60 years, in a "landmark agreement" with Universal Music Publishing Group reportedly worth 300MM.

PAUL McCARTNEY says The Beatles suffered from mental health issues, but were reasonably well-adjusted to fame.

RINGO STARR would like you to listen to "Strawberry Fields Forever" today.

THE 100 BEST SONGS of 2020, according to Pitchfork.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Pet Shop Boys' deadpan, otherworldly dance-pop game-changer "West End Girls."


CHUCK YEAGER, the most famous test pilot of his generation who was the first to break the sound barrier, and, thanks to Tom Wolfe, came to personify the death-defying aviator who possessed the elusive yet unmistakable “right stuff,” died on Monday. He was 97.

LEGENDARY STUDIOS may challenge the WB's move of Dune into the HBOMax deal.

CHRISTOPER NOLAN is among those with harsh words for the HBOMax deal: "Some of our industry’s biggest filmmakers and most important movie stars went to bed the night before thinking they were working for the greatest movie studio and woke up to find out they were working for the worst streaming service." Moar drama here.

INSIDE THE BATTLE for the soul of HBO.

EARLY REVIEWS of Wonder Woman 1984 are pretty hot.

DOLLY PARTON is profiled at Marie Claire.

AUBREY PLAZA revealed that Kristen Stewart contracted the novel coronavirus on the set of their new Christmas movie.

THE CROWN has no plans for a disclaimer reminding people it's fiction.

MATTHEW McCONAUGHEY is doing his best to demonstrate during his current, seemingly unending book promotional tour that he is different from other Hollywood stars who discuss politics.


THE MICHAEL JORDAN of dock diving dogs.

AFRICAN CATTLE RANCHERS dramatically reduce calf killings by skirting popular cheetah hangouts.

AUSTRALIA Gears Up for the Great Koala Count, Using Drones, Droppings and Dogs.

WHY ARE PANDAS Covering Themselves With Horse Manure?

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