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Johnny Marr, Lawrence, Unearthed, Screaming Females, Beekeeper Dogs   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, January 08, 2019 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


LOVE TRACTOR plows through "Paint" and "Fun To Be Happy" in Athens, GA, circa 1983, for an instrumental Twofer Tuesday.

JOHNNY MARR plays the World Cafe.

LAWRENCE plays the World Cafe.

UNEARTHED, VOL. 3 returns with more bootleg gold from Lou Reed, Fleetwood Mac, Big Star, Jackson Browne, Todd Rundgren, and more.

ROYAL TRUX shares "White Stuff."


SCREAMING FEMALES covers Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" and "Breed."

THE FLAMING LIPS' Wayne Coyne gets married inside his plastic bubble.

THE MOST ANTICIPATED LPs of 2019, according to BrooklynVegan and Paste.

AMERICAN ANTHEMS: Why "Dancing In The Street" Gets The People Going.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Three Dog Night's immortal Randy Newman-written white-funk banger "Mama Told Me (Not To Come)."


THE GOLDEN GLOBES was up 4 percent in the demo and down 2 percent overall, even with an NFL playoff game as the lead-in, which is what happens when Jeff Bridges and Carol Burnett are the highlights.

IDRIS ELBA & DANIEL CRAIG: The name is trolling... James Trolling.

KEVIN SPACEY was ordered to stay away from the accuser in his sex assault case.

R KELLY did not watch a single minute of the docuseries, Surviving R. Kelly, that has now put him in the eye of a ferocious storm.

DAVE BAUTISTA has has joined the Dune reboot starring Timothee Chalamet.

THE SOPRANOS Turns 20: David Chase talks to the New York Times.

BRIAN GARFIELD, a prolific suspense author best known for his novel “Death Wish,” which became one of Hollywood’s longest-running film franchises, died on Dec. 29 at his home in Pasadena. He was 79.


BEEKEEPERS have trained dogs to sniff out diseased larva and save entire hives.

WHEN PENGUINS stumble upon a camera.

A STORY in four acts.

A RARE RIGHT WHALE CALF was spotted off the Florida coast.

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Curtis Harding, Hop Along, Velvet Underground, Territorial Turkey   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, January 07, 2019 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE BOOMTOWN RATS: "I Don't Like Mondays," live at the Secret Policemen's Other Ball.

CURTIS HARDING, Live at Newport.

HOP ALONG plays CBS This Morning.

THE VELVET UNDERGROUND, Live at The Boston Tea Party, January 10, 1969.


JOHN HIATT: It's been a "Slow Turning."

BOB MOULD: "I’m a very innovative rhythm guitarist. And a pretty less-than-average soloist!

LOU BARLOW shares a playlist of songs that inspired Dinosaur Jr. when they were just starting out in the '80s.

ED SHEERHAN will face a jury on whether he copied Marvin Gaye.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at "The Love You Save," the Jackson 5's third national single and third No. 1 hit.


WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Aquaman threepeats atop the chart with 30.7MM on a 41 percent drop; it's now the biggest film of the DCEU on a worldwide basis. Domestically, it will likely end far short of Wonder Woman's 421.5MM and would need luck to beat out Suicide Squad and Batman v Superman. The debut of Escape Room places with 18MM against a 9MM budget, an easy genre win in January.  Mary Poppins Returns shows with 15.8MM on a 44 percent drop, which means it won't have the legs of The Greatest Showman, but it still might find some legs during awards season. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse swings into the fourth slot with 13MM on a 31 percent drop, probably a weekend away from sequel territory with 275MM worldwide.  Bumblebee rounds out the Top Five with 12.8MM, and foreign receipts might just save this franchise, which is just getting started in China.

THE GOLDEN GLOBES went to these folks. Congrats!

KEVIN HART says he is still thinking about hosting the 2019 Oscars after fellow comedian Ellen DeGeneres told him she reached out to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on his behalf and they said they still wanted him for the job.

BRITNEY SPEARS announces an indefinite hiatus from work to care for her father.

NEIL deGRASSE TYSON's show has been pulled from the National Geographic Channel for the time being, citing a Fox Networks Group investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct that came to light five weeks ago.

JAY & SILENT BOB are back in pre-pre-production.

FORMER AMERICAN IDOL HOST Brian Dunkleman Says He's Now an Uber Driver.

MALCOLM GLADWELL shares the soundtrack of his life.


A TERRITORIAL TURKEY is pitting neighbor against neighbor in Scotch Plains.

NINJA KITTY (Slight Return).

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: They're stealing your eggroll.

A PUPPY, and a puddle.

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Echo & The Bunnymen, Randy Houser, Japanese Breakfast, Raccoon vs Iguana   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, January 04, 2019 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with ECHO and the BUNNYMEN!  Live at the Royal Albert Hall, circa July 1983.  Your setlist includes: "Going Up," "With A Hip" and "All That Jazz"; "All My Colours (Zimbo)" and "Silver"; "The Cutter" and "The Killing Moon"; "Rescue" and "Never Stop"; and "Over the Wall." Your encores are "Crocodiles" and a wide-ranging take on "Do It Clean."

RANDY HOUSER advance streams Magnolia.

T-REXTACY streams their sophomre LP, Prehysteria.

JAPANESE BREAKFAST covers Carly Rae Jepsen, Nada Surf, and Tears For Fears on NYE.

WORLD CAFE's Best Music Of 2018 Playlist.

ART BRUT get you off to a "Good Weekend."

SHARON VAN ETTEN gets an in-depth profile from the New York Times.

THE MONKEES Tried To Cut Their Strings With Head.

THE BYRDS: How Sweetheart Of The Rodeo Became A Classic 50 Years After Its Debut.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at "The Long And Winding Road," the last Beatles song to hit No. 1.

ESCAPE ROOM is this weekend's sole wide release, debuting at 56 percent on the ol' Tomatometer. Expect another big haul for the bro who talks to fish.

JOHNNY DEPP & AMBER HEARD: The stars' volatile relationship, and previously unreleased testimony from their 2016 divorce, is expected to be central to Depp's defamation lawsuit against U.K. tabloid The Sun.

BATWOMAN is headed for a pilot at the CW.

GIGI HADID & ZAYN MALIK are dunzo again.

BAR REFAELI: The supermodel reportedly will be facing an indictment on charges of tax fraud.

BILL HADER is profiled at Variety.

THE OSCARS still have no host.


DON'T TEASE A DOG with food.

NYC is spending millions of dollars to perform vasectomies on deer.

AN 89-YEAR-OLD DOG LOVER knitted 450 coats and blankets for pups at her local shelter.

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Ray Sawyer, Daryl Dragon and Bob Einstein RIP   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, January 03, 2019 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


RAY SAWYER, of Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show, has died aged 81. He sang lead on "The Cover of Rolling Stone."

COURTNEY BARNETT, Live at Newport.

GLEN HANSARD, Live at Newport.

TOOTS & THE MAYTALS, Live at Newport.

FLEET FOXES: Robin Pecknold shares clips of demos.

PAUL McCARTNEY pours on the Auto-Tune for  "Get Enough."


DARYL DRAGON, of the Captain And Tennille, is dead of renal failure at 76. And you know the drill.

JANELLE MONAE talks to All Things Considered about her very big year.

WHY DOES THE MUSIC OF 1968 ENDURE? "It Was Allowed To Be Art."

GIVE THE DRUMMER SOME: Pete Thomas, longtime drummer for Elvis Costello, talks about ten tracks. (Thx, Scot)

THE NUMBER ONES looks at the Guess Who's infectious riff monster "American Woman," the Jackson 5's joyous classic "ABC" and Ray Stevens' "Everything Is Beautiful."


BOB EINSTEIN, a/k/a Dave Osborne, a/k/a SuperDave and Marty Funkhouser, not to mention brother of Albert Brooks, has died at 76, apparently of cancer.

KIM KARDAHIAN & KANYE WEST are expecting their fourth child, via surrogate.

NATALIE PORTMAN opened up about what it was like to be a child star and how society treats its young celebrities.

JULIA LOUIS-DREYFUS on challenging comedy's sexism, fighting cancer, and becoming the star of her own show.

CHRISTOPHER NOLAN, MICHAEL PALIN and NICK MASON were among those recognized by the Queen's New Year honors.

DEADWOOD: Carolyn Strauss, a former HBO executive and an executive producer on the Deadwood movie, gives the secretive production’s first interview.

"MEAN" GENE OKERLUND, WWE Hall of Famer, has passed away at age 76.


THE DOGS OF 2018, from WeRateDogs.

LICKS vs NOMS: Who You Got?

FEEDING: Old Good Boy vs Young Good Boy.

A MYSTERIOUS SWAMP CANCER is killing ponies on a Virginia island famous for them.

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Easing into 2019 with a few Things.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, January 02, 2019 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Aquaman repeats atop the chart 52.1MM on a 23 percent drop. The post-holiday drops will almost certainly be larger, but Momoa & Co. will easily crack 200MM domestic soon, likely zoom by Justice League and -- depending on how slow January is (and Jan can be a weak month for new releases) even take a run at Man of Steel's 291MM by the end of its run. It's already made more than both of those movies on a worldwide basis and probably saved the DCEU as well as Atlantis. Mary Poppins Returns places with 28.4MM on a 20 percent bump up from last weekend, in a likely relief for the House of Mouse. Bumblebee shows with 20.9MM on a 4 percent drop; despite good reviews and word-of-mouth, it's underperforming the last one, which means this franchise may be dead unless it does really well in China (as Transformers movies usually do). Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse takes the fourth slot with 18.8MM on a 14 percent bump, and breaks the 100MM mark in the process; if it breaks 150MM, it probably gets the sequel it so richly deserves. The Mule rounds out the Top Five with 12.2MM on a 28 percent bump that continues to exceed expectations. Below the fold, Christmas releases Vice and Holmes and Watson open in sixth and seventh with numbers that suggest a couple of flops.

HOLMES AND WATSON reportedly  tested so poorly that Netflix turned it down.

KEVIN SPACEY will have to attend his arraignment on sexual assault charges in Nantucket.

SCARLETT JOHANSSON speaks out against AI-generated fake pr0n using her face.

DWAYNE JOHNSON got his Mom a house for Christmas.

USHER has officially filed from divorce from his estranged wife, Grace Miguel.

KATIE HOLMES & JAMIE FOXX were caught canoodling on a private luxury yacht, just before the New Year's holiday. 

ANGELINA JOLIE is leaving the door open to politics.

DAME JUNE WHITFELD, celebrated for her comic roles in BBC sitcom Terry and June and cult favourite Absolutely Fabulous - has died aged 93.

More tomorrow, most likely.

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