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Garage Rock, Colin Meloy, Valerie June, and Friday Things.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, April 10, 2020 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



... with GARAGE ROCK! It's the time of year when I bring out The Standells - "Dirty Water/ Why Pick On Me", but I couldn't stop there. Let's have a baker's dozen of Nuggets, like Music Machine - "Talk Talk"; Blues Magoos - "We Ain't Got Nothin' Yet"; The Knickerbockers - "Lies"; The Outsiders - "Time Won't Let Me"; Count Five - "Psychotic Reaction"; The Seeds - "Pushin' Too Hard"; 13th Floor Elevators - "You're Gonna Miss Me"; Love - "My Little Red Book"; The Leaves - "Hey Joe"; Electric Prunes - "I Had Too Much To Dream Last Night," the Crazy World of Arthur Brown - "Fire" and The Nazz- "Open My Eyes."

COLIN MELOY of the Decemberists, Live at Home.

VALERIE JUNE played a virtual session for The Current.

THE STROKES are streaming The New Abnormal.  

KENNY ROGERS got tributes from Dolly Parton, Jason Isbell & Amanda Shires, and Michael McDonald on CMT.

REMEMBER, NPR can hook you up with streaming concerts.

CHARLY BLISS' Eva Hendricks, paying tribute to the late Adam Schlesinger by posting her cover of the Fountains Of Wayne nugget "Hey Julie."

MARISA ANDERSON & TARA JANE O'NEIL cover Gene Clark and Cole Porter.


PHOEBE BRIDGERS shares "Kyoto."

JASON ISBELL wrote a tribute to John Prine.

THE 20 BEST STROKES SONGS, according to Paste.

RADIOHEAD'S Ed O'Brien: 'Humanity has only really learned from disaster.'

WALL OF VOODOO, reconsidered on Morning Edition.


BORIS JOHNSON has been moved out of intensive care but remains in hospital, Downing Street has said.

MORT DRUCKER, a longtime contributor to Mad magazine known for his caricatures of actors, politicians and other celebrities, died on Thursday at his home in Woodbury, N.Y. He was 91.

SNL returns with original content tomorrow night.

THE BATMAN director Matt Reeves discusses his vision.


BACK TO THE FUTURE TOO: Remade as 88 scenes shot in quarantine.


SOME SPORTS ARE SLOWER, more about the strategy.

CHEETAH CUB CAM, streaming live from the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute.

WELLINGTON THE PENGUIN visits the giant lake sturgeon at the Shedd.

GOOD BOYS gotta workout during the lockdown too.

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Over 75 Million served. Thanks for stopping by.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, April 09, 2020 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


SHOCKING BLUE: She's your "Venus."

JOHN PRINE, covered by Jeff Tweedy, Andrew Bird, Brandi Carlile, and moreStereogum has 13 of his best lesser-known songs. And Bill Murray has a story.

JAMES BLAKE covers Joy Division, Ray Charles and Roberta Flack during a livestream.

CROSBY, STILLS, NASH & YOUNG, Live at Winterland, 1973.

RANDY NEWMAN shares the topical "Stay Away."


JULIAN BAKER shares "Mercy." She also covered Big Star's "Thirteen."

BOB DYLAN scores his first Billboard chart-topper.

ADAM SCHLESINGER gets a second, longer tribute from Robbie Fulks.

RON SEXSMITH is profiled at American Songwriter.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Queen's hard, paranoid disco experiment "Another One Bites The Dust."


TYLER PERRY surprised elderly shoppers across two states Wednesday morning by covering the cost of their groceries at 73 stores.

LINDA TRIPP, the Clinton sex scandal whistleblower, is dead at age 70, not from the virus.

BRUCE WILLIS shaved his daughter's head.

KEVIN CONROY, the animated Batman, is returning to Gotham City to read a chapter from DC’s digital comic series Batman: The Adventures Continue on Instagram this week.

BROADWAY will be closed thru June 7.


TWIN PEAKS turned 30, and The New York Times can hook you up with coverage.


A GOOD BOY, teaching his new little friend how to jump in the jumper.

SALA THE KUDU introduces her son.

GEESE gonna goose.

WITH HUMANS IN HIDING, Animals Take Back the World. Also, Daleks.

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John Prine RIP, and Wednesday Things.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, April 08, 2020 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


JOHN PRINE, the raspy-voiced country-folk singer whose ingenious lyrics to songs by turns poignant, angry and comic made him a favorite of Bob Dylan, Kris Kristofferson and others, died Tuesday at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn. He was 73. The cause was complications from Covid-19, his family said.  That NYT obit quotes this piece by Roger EbertRolling Stone has more. Ann K. Powers has more.  The Current shares a small selection of his catalog. Pitchfork shares tributes.  And her's the man himself, singing "When I Get to Heaven."

JESCA HOOP plays a TIny Desk Concert.

LOGAN LEDGER, whose  self-titled debut was produced by T Bone Burnett, visits World Cafe.

MT JOY visits WFUV's Studio A.

ANGEL OLSEN covers Tori Amos's "Winter."


JIM JAMES covers the Bill Withers classic "Lean On Me."

STEVIE NICKS finally met a real whhite wing dove.

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN will DJ on SiriusXM tonight.

WHITNEY wuz robbed in Portland.

HAL WILLNER, the respected producer who worked with Lou Reed and Marianne Faithfull, was a long-time Saturday Night Live staffer and compiled a series of eccentric all-star tribute albums, died Monday at the age of 64.


BORIS JOHNSON remains in intensive care on oxygen but without the need for a ventilator and does not have pneumonia, No 10 has said.

DR. ANTHONY FAUCI is making himself a household name through sheer omnipresence.

TRACY MORGAN is getting busy in quarantine.

R. KELLY wanted to be sprung from jail due to the virus, but no dice.

CBS is bringing back Sunday night movies, with Titanic, Forrest Gump, Mission Impossible, and Indiana Jones movies all set to fill the void.

CHRIS EVANS is profiled at Esquire.

KATEE SACKOFF, doing the shirtless handstand challenge.

KYLE McLACHLAN is trying to save the Double-R Diner.

ALEC & HILARIA BALDWIN are expecting.

ED HELMS on the little things that bring us joy.

NIGHT OF THE HUNTER is getting a remake.

EXTRACTION, starring Chris Hemsworth and directed by the Russo Bros., has a trailer online.


MILO decided to ditch the dog life, and become a cat.

AN ADOPTED CAT fetches the slippers.

ANIMALS make the world magic.

THIS TINY DOG has skills.

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Honor Blackman RIP; "I Must Be Dreaming" is also the name of a Pate song.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, April 07, 2020 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE REPLACEMENTS played "Bast^rds of Young" and "Kiss Me On The Bus" in an infamous TV appearance.

NEW RELEASES: Pitchfork will point you to Thundercat, Melkbelly, and more.

BILL'S INDIE BASEMENT points you to Loose Fur, Ringo Deathstarr, and more.

THE METERS: Live At The Bottom Line / Live At Showboat Lounge (Fat City) 1977.

THE NATIONAL is hosting "communal events."

THE STROKES share “Brooklyn Bridge to Chorus.”

LAURA MARLING shares "Held Down."


THE WHO, post Live at Leeds, gets another 3 hours (almost) of analysis and discussion on Political Beats with guest Ben Domenech.

THE GO-GOS: Kathy Valentine talked to PopMatters about her memoir.

STEVIE NICKS: Her Life and Art in 33 Songs.

ADAM SCHLESINGER, remembered by Conan O'Brien, with a Kinks cover.

NEIL YOUNG's latest Fireside Session hs been delayed due to his wife Daryl Hannah‘s illness.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Diana Ross' elastic, transcendent Chic collaboration "Upside Down."


HONOR BLACKMAN, best known for playing ***** Galore in the 1964 Bond film Goldfinger and Cathy Gale in TV's The Avengers, has died at 94.

BORIS JOHNSON was taken into an intensive care unit for coronavirus, his office announced Monday.

MEGXIT: Prince Harry and Meghan plan a non-profit empire under the name Archewell, 'to do something of meaning.'

SOME MORE GOOD NEWS with John Krasinski.

THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER: Matthew Belloni resigned as editorial director  due to intense conflicts with Modi Wiczyk and Asif Satchu, the co-CEOs of the trade's owners, Valence Media, over their attempts to meddle with the publication's editorial independence.

ALL RISE: CBS' first-year drama will resume production for an episode set during the coronavirus pandemic.

EZRA MILLER appears to have choked a woman at a bar in Reykjavik, Iceland in a video that surfaced online late Sunday night.

TALKING SOPRANOS: A new podcast from Michael Imperioli and Michael Schirripa.

WES ANDERSON'S The French Dispatch moves to October.


GIANT PANDAS Ying Ying and Le Le succeeded in a natural mating. There's video.

A WILD COYOTE strolls Chicago's Magnificent Mile.

AN ITALIAN CAT tends goal.

A FRIENDLY GREAT WHITE tries to rescue humans from boat. What say you, Police Chief Brody?

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Bill Withers RIP, and Monday Things.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, April 06, 2020 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


BILL WITHERS, a onetime Navy aircraft mechanic who, after teaching himself to play the guitar, wrote some of the most memorable and often-covered songs of the 1970s, including “Lean on Me,” “Ain’t No Sunshine” and “Use Me,” died on Monday in Los Angeles. He was 81. Brooklyn Vegan has your tributes.

MARIANNE FAITHFULL is in a London hospital after testing positive for coronavirus.

CHRISTOPER CROSS tested positive for Coronavirus.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Christopher Cross's endlessly smooth soft-rock staple "Sailing."

MICHAEL McDONALD plays a Tiny Desk Concert from Home.

LISSIE plays a virtual session for The Current.


ADAM SCHLESINGER's parter in Founrains of Wayne, Chris Collingswood, tweeted a brief statement. Robbie Fulks also pays tribute. This piece in The Atlantic is also quite nice.

QUEEN ELIZABETH II addresses the UK and the Commonwealth in a special broadcast recorded at Windsor Castle.

BORIS JOHNSON has been admitted to the hospital for tests as a precaution. He tested positive for the coronavirus 10 days ago.

STEVEN SPIELBERG sent over a bunch of food to treat doctors and nurses at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank.

LARRY DAVID, Master of his Quarantine.

LOUIS CK has returned with a surprise stand-up special, after admitting to several accounts of sexual misconduct in the 2010s.

KATY PERRY does a messy gender reveal.

ANT-MAN 3 gets a writer.

TIGER KING gets a bonus episode.  JOE EXOTIC tests positive.


GETTING THE CAT to come in.

OCEAN RAMSEY and her team encountered this 20 ft Great White Shark near the island of Oahu, Hawaii.

THE SHEDD AQUARIUM is still feeding the fish.

A TIGER at the Bronx Zoo has tested positive for the new coronavirus, in what is believed to be the first known infection in an animal in the US or a tiger anywhere, federal officials and the zoo said on Sunday.

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