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A busy weekend, leading to Monday Things.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, August 09, 2021 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


PILOT works their "Magic" on TOTP.

NEW RELEASES: Paste will point you to Foxing, Kississippi, Laura Stevenson, and more.

BILL'S INDIE BASEMENT has Sonny & the Sunsets, TySegall, The Umbrellas, and more.

STRAND OF OAKS shares “Jimi & Stan.”

AIMEE MANN shares "Suicide is Murder."


THE FOO FIGHTERS troll the Westboro Baptist Church.

JESSICA SPRINGSTEEN, Bruce Springsteen and Patti Scialfa's daughter, helped her squad nab silver in the team jumping final at Equestrian Park at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics on Saturday.

DENNIS "DEE TEE" THOMAS, a co-founder of soul-funk outfit Kool & the Gang, died on Saturday, his reps confirmed to Variety. He was 70.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Richard Marx's crowning achievement, the adult-contempo mega-ballad "Right Here Waiting."


WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: The Suicide Squad tops the chart with 26.5MM, which is the best R-rated debut of the pandemic, but overall a lackluster result that has been blamed on COVID, the simultaneous HBO Max release, and the fact that it's a sequel to a bad movie.  Jungle Cruise placed with 15.7MM on a (better-than-expected) 55 percent drop.  Old showed with 4.1MM on a 40 percent drop.  Below the fold, The Green Knight took a 62 percent plunge due to competition from The Suicide Squad and people finding out it was a more deeplweird film than, say, Excalibur.

BRITNEY SPEARS' conservator disputes claims (by the singer's father) that she said Britney is “mentally sick” and wanted to place her under a 5150 psychiatric hold.

MARKIE POST, best known for her roles in TV's "Night Court" and "Scrubs" and the film "There's Something About Mary," died Saturday following a years-long battle with cancer. She was 70.

MATT DAMON, explaining seismic changes in movies with a mouth full of hot wings.

JAKE GYLLENHALL: The latest celeb to find bathing unnecessary.

HOLLYWOOD continues to flow into Austin.

THE TOMORROW WAR & LUCA are now the first and third most popular streaming debuts.

ONE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD: The novel may change your view of Cliff Booth.


SCIENTISTS watching videos of birds stealing tufts of hair from living mammals, including humans, have dubbed the phenomenon "kleptorichy."

FIONA THE HIPPO, having watermelon, as she does.

A BUFFALO, slowing traffic in Yellowstone.

A SEA TURTLE returns to the ocean after months of rehab.

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John Hughes, and Friday things.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, August 06, 2021 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with JOHN HUGHES! The sportos, motorheads, geeks, sluts, buds, wasteoids, dweebies and dickheads, they all adore him. They think he's a righteous dude. The writer/director behind Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Weird Science, National Lampoon's Vacation movies, Home Alone, Planes, Trains & Automobiles and many more died Aug 6, 2009.  Hughes masterfully married music to movies, so I pay video tribute to him today, starting (of course) with "Don't You Forget About Me" by Simple Minds from The Breakfast Club (the drumming o­n this song is impeccable), and Karla DeVito's "We Are Not Alone," along with the Ramones playing "Blitzkrieg Bop" (from National Lampoon's Vacation), David Bowie's "Young Americans" and The Vapors o­ne-hit wonder, "Turning Japanese" and Billy Idol's "Rebel Yell" (all from Sixteen Candles, which opens to a clip of veteran WLS DJs Larry Lujack and Tommy Edwards), Van Halen's cover of "(Oh) Pretty Woman" and General Public's "Tenderness" (both from Weird Science), the Psychedelic Furs re-recorded title track from Pretty In Pink, which also featured Jon Cryer lip-synching to Otis Redding's "Try A Little Tenderness" (that last clip is a blistering live take from the 1967 Stax tour -- and excellent, btw), The Smiths' "Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want" (a Hughes perennial; here, the Dream Academy cover from FBDO), and OMD's "If You Leave," plus two more from Ferris Bueller's Day Off, "Danke Schoen" and "Twist and Shout" (which was shot o­n Dearborn and Randolph Streets in Chicago, with International Polka Queen Vlasta atop the float, though Cameron and Sloane were in front of the Post Office down the street), plus Yello's unforgettable-no-matter-how-you-try "Oh, Yeah." Videos are scarce for Some Kind of Wonderful, but I found Flesh for Lulu's "I Go Crazy" and the March Violets' take on the Stones' "Miss Amanda Jones."  BONUS: Molly Ringwald's post-MeToo re-evaluation of the films that made her career.


YOLA virtually visits The Current.

KACEY MUSGRAVES previewed new songs on a podcast.

NATION OF LANGUAGE shares “This Fractured Mind.”

BIG RED MACHINE (ft Justin Vernon and Ilsey) shares "Mimi."

DAMON & NAOMI share “The Aftertime.”


THE BEATLES: Revisiting Revolver, 55 years later.

PHOEBE BRIDGERS, playing with the Killers and... Taylor Swift?

JEFF TWEEDY has launched a newsletter which will include unreleased demos.

GUN CLUB's Mother Juno: One of America's Great Unsung Punk Albums.

I WANT MY MTV: A Deep Dive Into the Early Years.


BRITNEY SPEARS seeks the immediate suspension of her father from her conservatorship.

SOUTH PARK's Trey Parker and Matt Stone signed a new deal with ViacomCBS Inc. that will pay them more than 900MM over the next six years, one of the richest deals in TV history.

WHY DOESN'T THE ROCK Get to Make Out More Onscreen?

OVERLOOK, the series inspired by Stephen King’s The Shining, will not be moving forward with HBO Max.

STEVE MARTIN, on the banjo.

KATE BOSWORTH and director Michael Polish have announced that they are separating after nearly 8 years of marriage.

RYAN REYNOLDS pitched Disney on a Deadpool-Bambi crossover.

COBRA KAI has a Season 4 teaser online.

THE HUNGER GAMES: A prequel is headed into production next year.

QUENTIN TARANTINO revealed how he'd create a guaranteed "good movie" audiences will enjoy, and it involves casting Adam Driver as Rambo.

NU-METAL & TWILIGHT: The True Outsider Art.


A DOG and his shadow.

A BLUE-FOOTED BOOBY, made for walking.

HOW DO POISONOUS ANIMALS keep from poisoning themselves?

A POD OF DOLPHINS, off the coast of Sydney's Bronte Beach.

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Like Thursday following Wednesday, it's Thursday.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, August 05, 2021 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


FATBOY SLIM: When your "Weapon of Choice" is Walken.

DINOSAUR JR plays a Tiny Desk Concert.

PACHYMAN, the one-man dub reggae project of Pachy Garcia,covers Scientist for a Lagniappe Session.


CHARLIE WATTS is likely sitting out the Rolling Stones' US tour.

SPECIALTY RECORDS: NME looks at the label that gave us Little Richard.

FOXING is profiled at Bandcamp.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Prince's bizarre, stitched-together marketing tool "Batdance."


RHIANNA is a billionaire. And it's not from performing.

MEGXIT: Emmy Award bosses are reportedly trying to get Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to make their Hollywood debut at next month’s ceremony — and even present an award.

DR. DRE's daughter claims she's homeless.

VAL KILMER's kids update his health condition.

JAMES GUNN on MARTIN SCORSESE on Comic Book movies.

CLIFFORD THE BIG RED DOG: Pulled From the Toronto Film Festival.

WHY MATT. DAMON. can't be canceled.

KEN BURNS responds to criticisms around him telling stories about BIPOC subjects as a white filmmaker.

JEOPARDY: After all of those guest hosts, Alex Trebek's successor is probably an executive producer of the show.

ANNETTE: A musical ft. Adam driver, Marion Cotillard, and the music of Sparks has a trailer online.

MIAMI VICE had a dizzying array of guest stars.



A PUPPER and a camel.

IT LOOKS LIKE A FLAMINGO. It's not a flamingo.

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An only slightly wobbly Wednesday.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, August 04, 2021 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


JON PRATT: Pate's frontman shares "When You're Feeling Gray."

TY SEGALL dropped a surprise new album.

SHAME plays a Tiny Desk Concert.

BACHELOR visits World Cafe.

CHUBBY & THE GANG share "I Hate the Radio."

BITE ME BAMBI has a ska cover of The Go-Gos' "Our Lips Are Sealed."

LOCAL H covers Looking Glass's "Brandy (You're a Fine Girl)."


SON VOLT: Jay Farrar talks about longevity and the lockdown.

THE STROKES: An oral history of This is It.

BLEACHERS: Jack Antonoff on how understanding grief, his hometown and "unearned hope" shaped his finest album yet.

CHARLES CONNOR, known for being Little Richard’s drummer who performed with other music greats including James Brown and Sam Cooke, has died. He was 86.


BLACK WIDOW: Scarlett Johansson's Lawsuit Is Game-Changing, But May Be Legally Weak. Which makes Disney's initial response that she just wanted people to get COVID-19 (at a time when Disney has her film and Jungle Cruise in theaters) so very baffling.

ETHAN COEN of the Coen Brothers currently does not "want to make movies anymore?"

JENNIFER ANISTON is profiled by InStyle.

MATT. DAMON. on cleanup duty.

BRENDAN FRASER has joined the casts of Martin Scorsese's Killers of the Flower Moon and Max Barbakow's Brothers.

DANIEL RADCLIFFE would like to play other characters in any Harry Potter reboot.

THE SUICIDE SQUAD: Introducing the new crew.


YANKEE STADIUM SECURITY chases a cat around the field for nearly four minutes.

A CAT, watching Gymnastics.

AND THE OSCAR GOES TO... the Capybara.

PELICANS, trying to eat animals other than fish.

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A Steady Tuesday, Maybe.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, August 03, 2021 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE CHESTERFIELD KINGS cover the Moving Sidewalks' "99th Floor" (introed by Martha Quinn) and psych up even more on "Sunrise (Turn On)" for Twofer Tuesday.

LUMP virtually visits The Current.

PHOEBE BRIDGERS picks standout Tiny Desk Concert contest entries.

GUIDED BY VOICES shares "My Limited Engagement."

THE BEACH BOYS have shared two unreleased songs including an unreleased a capella version of ‘Surf’s Up’.

THE BLOW covers 10cc’s “I’m Not In Love.”

GUNS N' ROSES cover the Stooges classic “I Wanna Be Your Dog.”

DOLLY PARTON used the royalties from Whitney Houston‘s cover of ‘I Will Always Love You' to invest in a historically Black neighborhood in Nashville.

BILLIE EILISH on where her new album finds her and her outlook on life, fame and performance.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Martika's goth-adjacent pop dirge "Toy Soldiers."


VENOM: LET THERE BE CARNAGE has a trailer online.

REESE WITHERSPOON's Hello Sunshine has been sold for north of 900MM to a media company backed by the private-equity firm Blackstone Group Inc.

BILL MURRAY alks about the painting that stopped him from committing suicide.

KATHY GRIFFIN had successful lung cancer surgery.

JASON MOMOA is not a fan of being asked if he regrets starring in "Game of Thrones" scenes that featured sexual violence.

KIT HARINGTON believes he made the right choice to take a step back from acting and enter rehab after “Game of Thrones” came to an end.

MATT. DAMON. knows how to promote a movie.


WHEN YOU DROP YOUR GLASSES in the Orangutan enclosure.

BEARS know how to fish.

SNOOP DOGG covers the Equestrian event at the Tokyo Olympics.

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