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Thursday, the gateway to Friday.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, August 19, 2021 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE TEMPTATIONS: "I Can't Get Next To You."

THE ISLEY BROTHERS play a Tiny Desk Concert from Home.

JAKOB DYLAN visits World Cafe.

SANTANA & ROB THOMAS reunite for "Move."

FUTURE ISLANDS returns with a "Peach."


BOB DYLAN biographer Clinton Heylin casts doubts on the sex abuse lawsuit filed against the singer-songwriter.

TY SEGALL talks Steve Albini, Def Leppard, and more.

HISS GOLDEN MESSENGER's M.C. Taylor talks to American Songwriter.

THE 50 BEST PUNK SONGS, according to Consequence of Sound.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Janet Jackson's bracing, percussive dance-pop banger "Miss You Much."


SCARLETT JOHANSSON & COLIN JOST welcomed a baby boy, just weeks after news of her pregnancy went public.

JENNIFER LOPEZ is ready to sever all business ties with her ex-fiancé Alex Rodriguez as her romance with Ben Affleck heats up.

ANTHONY MACKIE has closed a deal to carry the shield and his first superhero picture in Captain America 4.

R KELLY's federal trial on charges of sexual abuse and racketeering is underway.

AQUAMAN 2 is very heavily inspired by Planet Of The Vampires, according to director James Wan.

OWEN WILSON is Doing Great, Thanks.

DUNE director Denis Villeneuve says that "to watch Dune on a television, the best way I can compare it is to drive a speedboat in your bathtub."

FROM DANIEL CRAIG TO DWAYNE JOHNSON: Inside the Biggest Movie Stars' Salaries.


JUANITA is not a Morning Armadillo.

CUDDLING with a Donkey.

HUMPBACK WHALES are organizing in huge numbers, and no one knows why.

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So much news, so little "news."   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, August 18, 2021 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


JONATHAN RICHMAN gives a live take on "Roadrunner" at Joey Ramone's 1998 birthday party.

BRIAN ENO & THE WINKIES: A Year With Collapsed Lung.

PARQUET COURTS debuts five new songs in Jersey City.

DEAN WAREHAM shares "The Past Is Our Plaything."

LOW shares "More."

SON VOLT: Jay Farrar on making the best of the new normal, the hidden dangers of the wide-body acoustic guitar and Trace’s anticlimactic birthday celebration.

TEN PUNK DEBUTS Every Music Fan Should Own.

THE SMITHS' 20 Greatest Guitar Moments.

MANIC STREET PREACHERS: "We talked ourselves through oblivion."


SCARLETT JOHANSSON is expecting her first child with Colin Jost, and has joined the cast of Wes Anderson's next film.

LADY GAGA's hero dog walker who was shot protecting her beloved pooches says he now feels “abandoned and unsupported” — leaving him homeless and begging for money.

HORATIO SANZ has been accused of sexually assaulting an underage fan in 2002. His lawyer calls the lawsuit "ludicrous."

LeVAR BURTON was the number one choice of Jeopardy! fans to succeed the late Alex Trebek as host of the show in a recent poll - with more than 5 times the support of Mike Richards, who was named the permanent host last week.

MIKE WHITE: The White Lotus creator understands if you feel conflicted about that ending. So does he.


STAR WARS: VISIONS has a trailer online.


A DAD assists an alligator trainer.

WHEN YOU LEAVE A DOGGO alone for a minute.

A SEA EAGLE, carrying a pig across a lake.

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And then there's Tuesday (sans Maude).   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, August 17, 2021 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE RASPBERRIES crush "Go All The Way" and "I Wanna Be With You" for Twofer Tuesday.

THE ALLMAN BROTHERS get three and a half hours of discussion and analysis on the 100th episode of Political Beats.


ANGEL OLSEN covers Billy Idol's "Eyes Without A Face."

PERFUME GENIUS covers Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive."


BOB DYLAN faces allegations of sexual abuse at the Chelsea Hotel in 1965, when the plaintiff was 12 years old and Dylan was in his 20s. A spokesperson for Dylan has said: "The 56-year-old claim is untrue and will be vigorously defended."

MADONNA will bring her entire catalog of recorded music under the Warner Music umbrella as part of a career-spanning global partnership announced Monday.


ROMEO VOID's drummer, Larry Carter, has passed away.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Milli Vanilli's supremely goofy broken-heart ballad "Girl I'm Gonna Miss You."



JACK ANTONOFF & MARGARET QUALLEY were caught canoodling on camera in NYC.

SELMA BLAIR, after years in a painful multiple sclerosis flare, is now in remission.

HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 4 is skipping theaters as part of a 100MM deal between Sony and Amazon.

BOB SAGET had a Twitter beef with Car Seat Headrest fans?

THE SURVIVALIST has a trailer online.


A DOGGO spent four years pacing in circles in a shelter cage, until a woman flew across country to rescue him.

A STRAY DOG goes up to truck driver asking to be rescued - now he's a handsome, fluffy pup with a girlfriend.

THE BIRDS: Fowl owls are swooping down on Raleigh neighbors out for evening runs.

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Nanci Griffith RIP, and Monday Things.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, August 16, 2021 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


SEALS & CROFT: "Summer Breeze."

NEW RELEASES: Paste will point you to The Killers, Wednesday, Provoker and more.

BILL'S INDIE BASEMENT has Vivien Goldman, A Certain Ratio, Scritti Politti, and more.

NANCI GRIFFITH, a Grammy-winning singer and songwriter who kept one foot in folk and the other in country and was blessed with a soaring voice equally at home in both genres, died on Friday. She was 68. Here she is on Austin City Limits.

RYAN ADAMS gives his first interview in two years.

THE CURE: Bassist Simon Gallup exits; frontman Robert Smith once said it wouldn't be The Cure without Gallup.

TONY BENNETT retires from performin on "doctor's orders."

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Gloria Estefan's love ballad "Don't Wanna Lose You."


WEEKEND BOX OFFICE:  Free Guy smashed expectations with a 28.4MM debut Don't Breathe 2 placed with a surprising 10.6MM.  Jungle Cruise showed with 9MM on a 43 percent drop.  Respect, th e Aretha biopic,likely disappinted with an 8.8MM opening which demonstared the pandemic gap between the likelihood of younger vs older viewers coming to the cinema.  And The Suicide Squad flames out in fifth, making 7.75MM on a 70 percent drop in its second weekend of release.

BRITNEY SPEARS: What does the announcement from Jamie Spears that he's ready to step away from his daughter's conservatorship really mean?

EMMA STONE has closed a deal to star in the sequel to Cruella, which is one way for the House of Mouse to avoid a ScaroJo-insired lawsuit over the release strategy of the original.

WES ANDERSON's next projects adds Rupert Friend and Jason Schwartzman.

VINCENT KARTHEISER was the subject of multiple investigations for his behavior on the set of Season 3 of the HBO Max series “Titans." Not great, Bob!

THE MANY SAINTS OF NEWARK: How Alan Taylor, the bigtime TV director with an iffy big screen record, wound up taking The Sopranos prequel to the cinema.

SOUTH PARK's Trey Parker and Matt Stone are now the proud owners of Casa Bonita, the beloved Colorado restaurant featured on the show.


A PUPPY who thinks he's a bunny.

GUINEA PIGS, at rush hour.

MUNCHKIN THE DUCK has a regular Dunkin’ order.

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Elvis, Woodstock, and Friday Things.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, August 13, 2021 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



with ELVIS PRESLEY! The King died on August 16, 1977, but remains a global pop phenomenon, so it's worth a recap of highlights from his legendary career.  For the 30th anniversary, Canada's Star-Phoenix, discussing ten important parts of Elvis history worth reliving, noted: "His was a sequined coat of many colours: '50s Greaser Elvis. Military Elvis. Hollywood Elvis. Aloha from Hawaii Elvis. Vegas Elvis. And, ultimately, Dead Fat Elvis."  The BBC had friend and aide Sonny West recall life with The King. 

ACTION NEWS 5 still has its local coverage from Aug. 16-17, 1977 (here, here, here and here) on the Tube, where you can also see funeral footage from the UK.  Here's read the obit that ran the next day in the Washington Post. Elvis Presley News recaps the international headlines from the event and links to the eulogy at his funeral. On a happier note, check out what is likely the first footage taken of Elvis, with backstage shots of Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash and Buddy Holly in 1955; shades of Walk The Line!  Let's start with his performance of "Hound Dog" o­n The Milton Berle Show six months later, not o­nly because it's historic, but also because Paul Miller and I often reached for it when we would stumble into our KUSR shift at the last minute -- on the broadcast, Uncle Miltie vamped for awhile, which gave us time to pull records for the show.  He was also iconic in "Jailhouse Rock" that year.  Elvis sang a mashup of "Love Me Tender" and "Witchcraft" with Frank Sinatra when he got back from the Army.  All of his movies -- such as "Viva Las Vegas" --made money, but his musical career stalled in the 1960s until he electrified and charmed the public with his televised '68 Comeback Special (Parts One, Two, Three, Four).  1970 finds him singing "In The Ghetto" and "Suspicious Minds" in the jumpsuit, though pre-bloated.  I'm going to throw in "Little Sister" just 'cause I like it.  Sadly, in a few short years, bloated jumpuit Elvis would be delivering a wacked-out take on "Are You Lonesome Tonight?" -- though to be fair, this audio-only version from 1969 is even more demented and he knows it.  I would rather remember Jumpsuit Elvis for the signature horns that open "See See Rider."  a tribute to his enduring legacy as the fact that he could hit the charts decades after his death with a remix of "A Little Less Conversation," a video subtly recalling "Jailhouse Rock," and Paul Oakenfold's remix of "Rubberneckin'"The King may be gone, but the brand lives on, making millions and recruiting new fans under the watchful eyes of Elvis Presley Enterprises and CKX, Inc.

GREETINGS FROM GRACELAND:  It must be said, however, that Elvis Presley Enterprises did not have a good handle on the King's affairs in the years immediately following his death.  Chicago radio personalities Steve Dahl and Garry Meier won a local emmy for their 1981 comedic look at what was then a very seedy exploitation of Elvis in Memphis. (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7.)

MOJO NIXON & SKID ROPER: "Elvis Is Everywhere."


ROBERT PLANT & ALISON KRAUSS return with a cover of Randy Weeks' “Can’t Let Go.”

SOFT CELL returns after 20 years with "Heart Like Chernobyl."

ST VINCENT & CARRIE BROWNSTEIN made a mocumentary; here's the trailer.

THE MOUNTAIN GOATS: John Darnielle talks poetry and pandemics.

THE JOY FORMIDABLE: Ritzy Bryan and Rhydian Dafydd talk disintegrating dresses, Jimi Hendrix, and Indian food.

THE BEST SONGS ABOUT WHISKEY and the whiskeys to drink with them.

WOODSTOCK: On Aug. 15-17, 1969, hundreds of thousands of people gathered in a lovely natural amphitheater in Bethel (not Woodstock), NY for "three days of peace and music," including sets from Crosby, Stills and NashThe Who, Santana, Joe Cocker, Jefferson AirplaneArlo Guthrie, Canned HeatJimi Hendrix, and the proverbial many more. BONUS: The New York Times provided extensive 50th anniversary coverage. EXTRA BONUS: Woodstock skepticism from NBC News, BuzzFeedNews, and The Federalist. TRIPLE BONUS: An assessment of Creedence Clearwater Revival's largely forgotten set.

BRITNEY SPEARS: Jamie Spears has agreed it's time to step down as conservator of Britney's estate -- he just said so in new legal docs -- and he wants to work with the court on an orderly transition.

ASHTON KUTCHER & MILA KUNIS make a bath time video.

HOME ALONE is getting a reboot.

VENOM: LET THERE BE CARNAGE is moving from September 24 to October 15.

VAL KILMER's Video Past Is Our Future.

THE CHANGING WAYS Hollywood Gets Paid.

WILD INDIAN has a trailer online.

A BIRD, sewing.

BARRY THE OWL: The passing of a bloved Central Park fowl.

ANSWER THE PHONE and use all your dogs' favorite words.

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