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All Too Soon Things.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, June 28, 2021 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


BO DONALDSON & THE HEYWOODS: "Billy, Don't Be a Hero," from the Summer of '74. Workin' the Elvis jumpuit look.

NEW RELEASES: Paste will point you to Lucy Dacus, The Mountain Goats, Faye Webster, and more.

BILL'S INDIE BASEMENT has John Grant, Lightning Bug, Ripley Johnson, and more.

FOO FIGHTERS: “Making A Fire” gets a Southern-fried makeover by Mark Ronson.

LUCY DACUS is rewinding the tape on adolescence.

POM POM SQUAD's Mia Berrin on the creative challenge of combining jagged rock with jangly retro pop.

THE BEST SONGS of 2021 (So Far) according to The Current.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Paula Abdul's pop-chart breakthrough, the dance-pop anthem "Straight Up."


WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: F9 roars to the top of the chart with a 70MM weekend domestic.  That's a bigger open than the pre-pandemic spin off, Hobbs & Shaw.  A Quiet Place 2 places with 6.2MM.  and the Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard shows with 4.9MM.  Note that these movies aren't also streaming immediately.  Meanwhile, In The Heights withers.

WARNER BROS. is changing a trio of release dates in order to best position its movies.

MEGXIT: The Queen has extended an olive branch to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

BENNIFER: L.A. Date Night.

JOHN MULLANEY & OLIVIA MUNN, caught on camera.

INTERVIEW WITH A VAMPIRE: A different type of undead heads to AMC.

GAME OF THRONES: George RR Martin promises different ending for the books.

HARVEY KEITEL, on Apocalypse Now.

JAMIE-LYNN SIEGLER, HAYLIE DUFF & BECCA TOBIN abandoned Hollywood fot Texas during the pandemic.


HUNGRY, HUNGRY HIPPOS... and a doggo.

A GREAT WHITE SHARK bites a man in Northern California.

THE HAIRY FROGFISH is covered with irregularly-arranged dermal spinules that allow the frogfish to "walk" on the sea bottom and to keep a stable position for ambush.

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Three Dog Night, and Friday Things.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, June 25, 2021 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


...with THREE DOG NIGHT! Once again, I'm enjoying the guilty pleasure of "Eli's Coming" with fellow fans of the late, lamented SportsNight. That, along with memories of The Service's cover of "Shambala" led me to compile a few more, including "Mama Told Me Not to Come," "Joy To The World," "One," "Liar," and "Celebrate."



MODEST MOUSE showcases "We Are Between" on Fallon.

DAVID CROSBY covers Joni Mitchell's "For Free" and shares “Rodriguez for a Night,” which he co-wrote with Donald Fagen.


MICK JAGGER and the Lost Autobiography.

DON McLEAN's daughter Jackie has accused her father of mentally and emotionally abusing her – allegations that he has denied.

MUMFORD & SONS' Winston Marshall writes about leaving the band.


ROLLING STONE'S Yacht Rock Album Guide.


BRITNEY SPEARS: Her full statement against the conservatorship she's lived under for 13 years.

MEGXIT: According to newly released royal expenditure reports, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle received money from Prince Charles after stepping down as working royals in January 2020.  The Duke and Duchess of Sussex rejected the title Earl of Dumbarton for son Archie.

RENEE ZELLWEGER is reportedly dating reality star Ant Anstead.


KALEY CUOCO, JEAN SMART, HOLLY HUNTER, and the THR Comedy Actress Roundtable.

JAMIE LEE CURTIS, on what it was like to watch her screen legend parents Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh grow old in Hollywood.

UNPACKING the Love-Hate Relationship With Lin-Manuel Miranda.

SHANG-CHI and the LEGEND of the TEN RNGS has a trailer online.

SING 2 has a trailer online.

WHO'S YOUR DADDY? Chances are it’s Nick Cannon.


A FERAL CAT gets rescued after a bear invades his turf.

CAT & PUP, living together...

AN ORANGUTAN, with tiger cubs.

SONGWRITER DIANE WARREN stepped in Thursday to save the life of cow that eluded capture for more than a day after a herd escaped from a Southern California slaughterhouse and stampeded through a suburb.

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Jon Pratt Covers the Minutemen, and Thursday Things.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, June 24, 2021 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


JON PRATT: Pate's frontman covers the Minutemen's "This Ain't No Picnic" on the banjo.

LIZ PHAIR plays a Tiny Desk (Home) Concert.

CROWDED HOUSE: Neil Finn visits World Cafe.

NEKO CASE covers Roky Erickson's "Be And Bring Me Home."

NICOLAS GODIN shares a "Love Theme."


THE 25 BEST SONGS of 2021 (So Far), according to Paste.

MANIC STREET PREACHERS bassist Nicky Wire really really loves Rush's A Farewell To Kings.

THE GIN BLOSSOMS Can't Stop Dunking On A Denver Nuggets Fan Who Mocked The Phoenix Suns For Booking Them.

THE NUMBER ONES ooks at Sheriff's "When I'm With You," a 1983 power ballad that randomly topped the Hot 100 six years after it first came out.


SEXY BEASTS: Netflix's first trailer about their new dating show has had the Internet in an uproar.

BRITNEY SPEARS was spicy at her conservatorship hearing.

HARRISON FORD hurt himself rehearsing a fight scene in Indiana Jones 5, sources tell Deadline.

MEGXIT:  Queen Elizabeth II gave fans a glimpse at her personal items in Buckingham Palace, including a rare photo of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, while meeting with Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

JERRY SEINFELD will direct and star in a movie about the creation of the Pop-Tart.

SCARLETT JOHANSSON will produce Disney's Tower of Terror movie, which will be developed as a starring vehicle for the studio's Black Widow actress, Collider has exclusively learned.

FAST & FURIOUS CHARACTERS, ranked by The Ringer.

JOHN McAFEE, the founder of the antivirus software maker bearing his name, died in a prison in Spain on Wednesday, the same day a Spanish court ruled that he could be extradited to the United States on tax-evasion charges. He was 75.


A DOGGO, just vibin'.

A SMALL SEAL meets and retreats.

A HOLE IN ONE, every time.


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mid-Moving Week Things.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, June 23, 2021 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



CAR SEAT HEADREST covers Bowie, the Who, NIN, and Kate Bush on a new EP.

BOB DYLAN: Episode 11 of Pretty Good Stuff is Cali-themed.

NPR has a listening party for Joni Mitchell's Blue, with Miranda Lambert.

SAMANTHA CRAIN plays World Cafe.

LOW shares "Days Like These."

WOLF ALICE shares "Safe From Heartbreak (If You Never Fall In Love)."

LUCY DACUS does a track-by-track tour of her Home Video.

BLACK JOE LEWIS, on taking a hardhat job during the pandemic.


BRITNEY SPEARS  for years expressed serious opposition to the conservatorship that gave her father control over her finances and personal life, according to confidential documents obtained by the New York Times. (alt link)

CHRIS BROWN is under investigation for battery.

MEGXIT: Meghan Markle and Prince Harry registered domains for newborn daughter Lilibet Diana before speaking to Queen Elizabeth II about the her name.

VIN DIESEL explains his feud with Dwane Johnson.

SNOW WHITE: Sources tell Deadline that Rachel Zegler (yet to be seen in Spielber's remake of West Side Story) is set to star as Snow White in Disney's live-action adaptation of the film.


ANNA TAYLOR-JOY on her unusual childhood, the twists of fate that led her to modeling and screen acting and why she almost quit the biz just before ‘Emma' went into production.

THE SUICIDE SQUAD has a new trailer online.


CURLING your cat.

WHEN AN EEL Climbs a Ramp to Eat Squid From a Clamp, That's a Moray.

1500 TERN EGGS Were Waiting to Hatch. Then a Drone Crashed.

PETNUPS: One way of avoiding a messier divorce.

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Neil Young, Gary Louris, REM,and Tuesday Things.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, June 22, 2021 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


GARY WRIGHT will always be known as the "Dreamweaver," but add "Love is Alive" (with More Cowbell) and you have Twofer Tuesday.

NEIL YOUNG:  The third part of his career (1980–2021), spanning 38 albums, gets over four hours of analysis and discussion on Political Beats.

GARY LOURIS (The Jayhawks) virtually visits The Current.

R.E.M.: Viceroy Park, Charlotte, NC, November 7, 1981

DAVE CHAPPELLE joined the FOO FIGHTERS to cover Radiohead's "Creep."

BLUE: Joni Mitchell's Masterpiece At 50. Hear five demos and outtakes. And twenty-five musicians speak about the LP’s enduring power.

KINGS OF CONVENIENCE talk to Paste about their return.

THE BEST ALBUMS of 1981, according to Paste.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Phil Collins' graceless late-'80s Motown pastiche "Two Hearts."


AMBLIN PARTNERS & NETFLIX have forged a partnership, one that will see the company headed by Steven Spielberg produce multiple new feature films for the streaming service every year.

TED LASSO: Season 2 has a trailer online.

OLIVIA WILDE's not talking about Harry Styles.

KHLOE KARDASHIAN & TRISTAN THOMPSON are dunzo again.  Thompson disappeared into a bedroom with three women during a Bel Air birthday party – and emerged 'disheveled' 30 minutes later.

ALEX RODRIGUEZ was spotted hanging out with Ben Affleck's ex Lindsay Shookus at her birthday party on Saturday. An he's moved into a Hamptons mansion just a mile from Jennifer Lopez's home.

FRIENDS: Gunther has prostate cancer.

MATTHEW McCONAUGHEY brought the bongos to his soccer team's first home game.


A BOSTON TERRIER with impressive ball-handling skills.

A PUPPER with less-impressive ball-handling skills.

THE SUN DID NOT SHINE, it was too wet to play.

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