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Friday, January 31, 2020 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



I got flowers...in the Spring...

First D.J.: "Rise and shine, campers and don't forget your booties 'cause it's cooooold out there today."

Second D.J.: "It's cold out there every day. What is this, Miami Beach?"

First D.J.: "Not hardly. So the big question o­n everybody's lips..."

Second D.J.: "O­n their chapped lips..."

First D.J.: "...their chapped lips is, 'Does Phil feel lucky?' Punxsatawney Phil! That's right, woodchuck chuckers, it's...


Saturday, Punxsutawney Phil ---  the Seer of Seers, Sage of Sages, Prognosticator of Prognosticators, and Weather Prophet Extraordinary will predict whether we will have six more weeks of winter.  According to the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club, Phil has seen his shadow 103 times, and hasn't seen it (predicting an early spring) only 18 times.  Phil's track record is hotly disputed, though he's has had a pretty good run recently.  Nevertheless, thousands will await the sunrise and the groundhog at Gobbler's Knob in the tiny Pennsylvania hamlet that has become known as the "Weather Capital of the World," due in no small part to the movie that makes every day Groundhog Day.

This is o­ne time where the Internet really fails to capture the true excitement of a movie about a large squirrel predicting the weather. However, you can see the trailer as a refresher (while BuzzFeed compiles trivia).

In 2005, Roger Ebert revisited Groundhog Day, declaring that the film "finds its note and purpose so precisely that its genius may not be immediately noticeable. It unfolds so inevitably, is so entertaining, so apparently effortless, that you have to stand back and slap yourself before you see how good it really is."

At the other end of the political spectrum, Jonah Goldberg's equally effusive movie meditation grabbed the cover of National Review: "When I set out to write this article, I thought it'd be fun to do a quirky homage to an offbeat flick, o­ne I think is brilliant as both comedy and moral philosophy. But while doing what I intended to be cursory research -- how much reporting do you need for a review of a twelve-year-old movie that plays constantly o­n cable? -- I discovered that I wasn't alone in my interest. In the years since its release the film has been taken up by Jews, Catholics, Evangelicals, Hindus, Buddhists, Wiccans, and followers of the oppressed Chinese Falun Gong movement."

Indeed, a 2004 article mentioned by Ebert (but not linked) from London's Independent observes that the Harold Ramis comedy has been hailed by some religious leaders as the most spiritual film of all time. More examples can be found at the NYT and the Christian Science Monitor.

As Phil Connors ultimately observed: "When Chekhov saw the long winter, he saw a winter bleak and dark and bereft of hope. Yet we know that winter is just another step in the cycle of life. But standing here among the people of Punxsutawney and basking in the warmth of their hearths and hearts, I couldn't imagine a better fate than a long and lustrous winter."

ACCORDINGLY, we conclude:

...with Sonny & Cher o­n Hullabaloo and famously o­n Letterman years later, plus UB40 with Chrissie Hynde, not to mention The Cynics (from the Bonograph tribute CD), and David Bowie & Marianne Faithfull.

PETER CASE plays the Mountain Stage.

THE MILK CARTON KIDS visit World Cafe.

PEARL JAM shares "Dance Of The Clairvoyants (Mach II)."

GREG DULLI shares “It Falls Apart.”

NICK MASON's SAUCERFUL OF SECRETS is live and "Fearless."

JAMES RIGHTON of the Klaxons shares the 70s-inflected "Edie."


TAME IMPALA shares "Lost In Yesterday."

WES WILSON, who helped create the trippy look associated with the second half of the 1960s through the vivid, swirling posters he made for rock shows by the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane and others, died on Jan. 24 at his home in Leanne, Mo. He was 82. Longtime Pate fans will note that Music Works owner Paul Miller befriended Wilson during his poster-collecting phase.

DESTROYER: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview.

THE 25 BEST SPACE DISCO SONGS of 1976-1986, according to Paste.

DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS: Uproxx goes inside The Unraveling.


NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases include The Rhythm Section, which is currently scoring 31 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; and the Enlish dub release of Gretel & Hansel, scoring 60 percent. Not surprising on the weekend of the Big Game.

MEGXIT: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are supporting Canadian mental health initiatives in a big way. And the Duchess is looking for a manager or agent.

WES ANDERSON's next film has a release date.

BRAD PITT and the Beauty Trap.

HARVEY WEINSTEIN hired the private intelligence agency Black Cube in 2017, a witness at his rape trial testified, a move prosecutors said was designed to spy on his accusers and kill news stories about him.

CATS Flopped and Then Things Got Interesting.

PRINCE ANDREW's counsin defends his association with Jeffrey Epstein: “He did idiotic things. But he’s not a pedophile.”

ONCE UPON A TIME... IN HOLLYWOOD: How Tarantino recreated 1960s L.A.

MIGHTY DUCKS star Shaun Weiss has been arrested in California and charged with burglary under the influence of meth.

SAG-AFTRA Issues New Rules for Sex Scenes With ‘Intimacy Coordinators.'

THE GREEN HORNET is now in the hands of some Marvel alumni.


THE CHILEAN WATER FROG is struggling to survive due to pollution and habitat destruction. Here's how conservationists are trying to save it.

A MOTORIST brakes for leopards. Or does he?

RESCUED PIT BULLS save their owner's life during a robbery

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Ride, Mitski, Jimmy Eat World, Animals learning to walk.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, January 30, 2020 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


999: "Homicide." You better believe it.

RIDE visits KEXP.

MITSKI plays Austin City Limits.

JIMMY EAT WORLD plays a Tiny Desk Concert.


MATTHEW WILDER's awful "Break MY Stride" has become a sensation on TikTok.

THE 90 BEST ALBUMS of the 1990s, according to Paste.

THE 15 BEST DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS SONGS, according to Paste.

GREIL MARCUS revisits his original review of the Clash's London Calling.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Amii Stewart's strange, clomping surprise-hit disco cover of the soul classic "Knock On Wood."


WILLIAM SHATNER settled his divorce.

CLARE DANES turned down Titanic.

TOP GUN: MAVERICK had to get permission from the Navy for one of Tom Cruise's stunts.

EVERYONE AT SUNDANCE knew what Harvey Weinstein was. They should stop pretending.

COLIN FARRELL Is the Secret Weapon of The Gentlemen, which I saw this week when I had to be away from home and enjoyed a fair amount, even if i's a bit ramshackle.


A PUP NAMED STARFISH learns to walk.

AN INJURED LEOPARD gets massages so she can walk again.

A GROUNDHOG feasts in a veggie garden.

THIS GUY is trying to round up five tiny kittens who were just abandoned.

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The Clothes-Line Saga (Slight Return), but Things.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, January 29, 2020 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE MAMAS & PAPAS lip-synced "California Dreaming" really well o­n Hullaballoo, but not showing you the go-go dancers, who are worth the wait



ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: Koffee, Diet Cig, Waxahatchee, Half Waif, and More.

GUIDED BY VOICES shares “Man Called Blunder."


HARVEY DANGER'S Forgotten Wordplay And Songcraft.


MICK FLEETWOOD on His Peter Green Tribute Show, Future Plans, and Lindsey Buckingham.

REED MULLIN, the longtime drummer for Corrosion of Conformity, has died at 53.

BOB SHANE, the last surviving member of the Kingston Trio, has died at 85.

THE NUMBER ONES ooks at the Bee Gees' wailing, unhinged big-budget disco anthem "Tragedy."


MILEY CYRUS & LIAM HEMSWORTH finalize their divorce.

ANNE HATHAWAY and Adam Shulman name their second son.

THE MATRIX 4: Priyanka Chopra Jonas is taking the red pill

HAS 1917 already locked up the Oscar?


WHO are you?

A KOALA Who Burned All 4 Paws In Fires Is So Happy To Finally Be Safe.

A WOMAN has a magical encounter with a leopard.

A WOMAN Stops Her Car To Help Dog Who Dropped His Stuffed Pig.

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Tyler Childers, Cold War Kids, Vagabon, Hurricane Dog   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, January 28, 2020 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


RICHARD THOMPSON: The culmination of 1000 Years Of Popular Music.

TYLER CHILDERS visits World Cafe.

COLD WAR KIDS visits The Current.


CORNERSHOP share “St. Marie Under Canon."

THE SADIES & KING KHAN share a split single.


DEEPER shares "This Heat."

THE GRAMMYS hit a new record low in the key demo.

LANA DEL REY bought her Grammys dress at the mall.

DAVID BERMAN, known for leading the indie rock band Silver Jews, was not included in the memorial segment at the 2020 Grammy Awards.

THE HADEN TRIPLETS discuss their new album with Weekend Edition.

THE NUMBER ONES  looks at the Doobie Brothers' yacht-rock Grammy juggernaut, "What A Fool Believes."


JACK NICHOLSON mourns Kobe Bryant.

THE BURNT OARNGE HERESY, including Mick Jagger, has a trailer online.

IRINA SHAYK on Hollywood break-ups, single motherhood, and more.

McMILLIONS sounds as crazy as I thought.

THE GOOP LAB: The new Netflix show is an extension of Gwyneth Paltrow's wellness campaign-and an argument that you're not doing enough mushrooms.

ONCE UPON A TIME... IN HOLLYWOOD: A nearly 30-minute featurette diving into the making of the movie is online.


A DOG found in hurricane rubble has the best reaction to his new life.

A GUY finds a dog swimming 135 miles offshore and becomes his dad.

A REVOLTING VIDEO shows a woman devouring a bat amid the coronavirus outbreak.

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New Releases, Indie Basement, Samantha Fish, Sharks   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, January 27, 2020 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


DOBIE GRAY is in with "The In Crowd."

NEW RELEASES: Pitchfork points you to Andy Schauf, Wire, Sarah Mary Chadwick, and more.

BILL'S INDIE BASEMENT will point you to Nicolas Godin, En Attendant Ana, Rowland S. Howard, and more.

SAMANTHA FISH plays World Cafe.


WAXAHATCHEE shares "Fire."

THE GRAMMYS went to these folks. Congrats.

THE CLOUD OVER THE GRAMMYS: Allegations Of Sexual Misconduct, Vote Rigging.

AEROSMITH was honored at Friday's pre-Grammys MusiCares event.

PHIL COLLINS talks about Genesis, Led Zeppelin, George Harrison and the unexplained paint pot on Top Of The Tops.

HUEY LEWIS speaks candidly on his hearing loss.


WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Bad Boys For Life repeats atop the chart with 34MM on a mere 46 percent drop, charging thru the 100MM mark domestic.  1917 places with 15.8mm on an awards-season leggy 28 percent drop; it too crosses the 100MM mark domestic.  Dolittle shows with 12.5MM on a 43 percent drop, but 44.7MM domestic against a 175MM+ budget adds up to a bomb probably bigger than Cats (also a Universal release).  The Gentlemen opened in the fourth slot with 11MM.  Jumanji: The Next Level rounds out the Top Five with another 7.9MM; it stands at 293.4MM domestic and could fallshort of three spins.

KOBE BRYANT, the retired Los Angeles Lakers basketball star who was one of the greatest to play the game, and his 13-year-old daughter were among nine people killed in a helicopter crash on Sunday outside Los Angeles.

MEGXIT: On Saturday, Queen Elizabeth appointed Prince William as the new Lord High Commissioner to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland.

NO, BRAD PITT is not really on Tinder.

CHANNING TATUM & JESSIE J were back together after about a month apart.

BAMBI is getting shot again.

THE REAL WOLF OF WALL STREET is suing the movie's producer's for 300MM.

HUGH GRANT: Master of Discomfort.

STAR WARS: All-Star Edition.


STROLLING SHARKS: Four new species of tropical shark that use their fins to walk have been discovered off the coasts of northern Australia and New Guinea.

THE CAT CANNON: Use With Care.


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