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Alex Trebek RIP, and Monday things.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, November 09, 2020 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


SHARON JONES and the DAP-KINGS:  The video for "100 Days, 100 Nights" was directed by Adam Elias Buncher, who achieved the old skool look using two vintage TV cameras bought on eBay for 50 dollars each.

NEW RELEASES: Paste has Wilco, Pylon, Neil Young, Adulkt Life and more.

BILL'S INDIE BASEMENT has Tunng, Andrew Carroll, Lunchbox, and more.

SAM MORROW's country rock gets funky on World Cafe.

THE FOO FIGHTERS played SNL and debuted "Shame Shame."



TOM PETTY's Last Dance.

AN ANIMATED TIMELINE of how music is bought and consumed.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Jan Hammer's pulse-pounding cop-rock instrumental "Miami Vice Theme."


ALEX TREBEK, the revered and beloved “Jeopardy!” host since 1984, whose calm but witty presence was must-see television for millions of Americans — has died at 80 after receiving a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer in 2019.  Here's the LAT obit also. The New York Post collects some of his best moments, though I like this one too.  This 2012 profile is also quite good, as well as this brief essay by Bill Ryan.  And here he was hosting a music show at age 23.

AL ROKER has been diagnosed with prostate cancer.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE?  Let Him Go debuts atop the chart with 4.1MM, while Come Play places with 1.7MM on a 45 percent drop, giving specialty studio Focus Features the top two slots. War With Grandpa shows with 1.5MM on a 19 percent bounce in its fifth week.

MEGXIT: Prince Harry's request for a wreath to be laid at the Cenotaph in London on his behalf for Remembrance Day was refused.

DAVE CHAPPELLE's SNL monologue ended on a serious note.

NORM CROSBY, the stand-up comedian who spent more than five decades amusing and bemusing audiences in nightclubs and on television as the “Master of the Malaprop,” has died at 93.


MAN'S BEST FRIEND, and King of the House.

TWO NEW MAMMALS have been discovered in Australia.

CYBORG COCKROACHES are coming for your home.

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Neil Young, and Friday Things.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, November 06, 2020 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



... with NEIL YOUNG!  Live on the Beeb, circa '71. Your setlist includes: "Out on the Weekend," "Old Man," "Journey Thru the Past," "Heart of Gold," "Don't Let It Bring You Down," "A Man Needs A Maid," "Love in Mind," and "Dance, Dance, Dance."

PYLON shares heir first ever recording, 'Razz Tape.'

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED dives into the new Joni Mitchell box.

JADE BIRD returns with "Headstart."


BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN, ranked by Consequence of Sound.

THE 35 BEST SONGS of the past 35 years, according to SPIN.

PIXIES: How we made "Where Is My Mind?"

KEN HENSLEY, former keyboardist, vocalist and founding member of hard rock/prog band Uriah Heep, has died at age 75.


BRITNEY SPEARS' attorney has filed court papers in a bid to remove the singer's father, James Spears, as the co-conservator of her estate.

JESSICA HENWICK is so hot right now.

A JUDGE ruled it was unlikely that Amber Heard pooped in Johnny Depp's bed.

WEDDING CRASHERS: Talks on a sequel are underway.



EMILY BLUNT tops “Hollywood’s Top 10 Most Foul-Mouthed Actresses” list.



DENMARK, the world's largest producer of mink furs, plans to cull all mink in the country to contain a mutated form of novel coronavirus.

DOG shoots MAN.

AN ANCIENT SQUID with a shell that looked like a 1.5-metre-long paperclip may have typically lived for 200 years.


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Thursday. Time flies.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, November 05, 2020 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


DUSTY SPRINGFIELD: "I Just Don't Know What to Do With Myself."

CUT WORMS performs a set somewhere inside Pine Grove Shopping Center, South Bend, IN.

100 INSTRUMENTAL JAMS to clear your head.

LANA DEL REY: “You’ll Never Walk Alone,” a cappella.


GILLIAN WELCH & DAVID RAWLINGS talk to the New York Times.

STEVIE NICKS, on TikTok, Tom Petty And Claiming What's Yours.

THE TOP 100 ALBUMS OF THE 2000s, updated at PopMatters.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Stevie Wonder's final chart-topper, the synthy cheaters' anthem "Part-Time Lover."


MATTHEW J. FOX on his darkest moments since his Parkinson's diagnosis.

SCARLETT JOHANSSON & COLIN JOST tied the knot after getting in engaged in May 2019.

LORI LAUGHLIN's first days in prison haven't been easy.

GARRETT HEDLUND was busted for DUI in January and sought treatment during Emma Roberts' pregnancy.

MIRANDA JULY shares the soundtrack of her life.

CHRISTOPHER NOLAN thinks studios will learn the wrong lessons from Tenet, and helps a critic interpret his work.


AN AGGRESSIVE WILD TURKEY was arrested in Roseville, CA.

WILBUR BEAST, a French bulldog, was elected Mayor of Rabbit Hash, KY.

14 of the reported 15 WOOD DUCKS today on the Central Park Reservoir, a total believed to be the high-count record over the last decade there.

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We're moving closer to the shore.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, November 04, 2020 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


TRANSLATOR is "Everywhere That I'm Not," including the "Where Are They Now?" file.

WILCO (and much more) on Mountain Stage.

PRINCE: The Story of Sign O' The Times.

NEIL YOUNG shares an alternate version of "Powderfinger."


DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS' Patterson Hood talks about the new LP with The Boot.

BERNIE TAUPIN talks songwriting at Rolling Stone.

TORI AMOS is profiled at SPIN.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at a-ha's MTV-beloved, eternally catchy synthpop classic "Take On Me."



BRITNEY SPEARS confirmed she is doing well amid family drama over her conservatorship.

STEPHEN KING talks film adaptations with the Washington Post.

DAVID FINCHER, ranked at ScreenCrush.

HUGH GRANT talks to Collider about a bunch, including his idea for a Notting Hill sequel.

THE THINGS WE CARRIED: The Vientam War flick is assembling a helluva cast.



DOGGO Meets Gopher.

A PUPPER makes some good points.

A HUMPBACK WHALE scooped up kayakers, then spit them out.

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Anything going on today?   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, November 03, 2020 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THAT PETROL EMOTION: "Big Decision." Add Devo's "Freedom of Choice" for an election-themed Twofer Tuesday.

GENESIS: The Phil Collins-fronted era gets about three and a half hours of discussion and analysis on Political Beats with guest Prof. Brad Birzer.

BOB MOULD visits with World Cafe.

THE STROKES played "The Adults Are Talking" and "Bad Decisions" on SNL.


THE ROLLING STONES, playing  “Sympathy for the Devil” live for the first time ever, for The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus.

ELVIS COSTELLO is profiled by Variety.

OKKERVIL RIVER: Will Scheff talks about a new box set with American Songwriter.

PHOEBE BRIDGERS has spoken of the difficulty of not touring during the coronavirus pandemic, calling it "a true ego death".  And more.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Whitney Houston's first chart-topper, the smoothed-out ballad "Saving All My Love For You."



JOHNNY DEPP lost his lengthy court case against the British newspaper that called him a “wife beater” over his turbulent marriage to Amber Heard.

MEGXIT: Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, are “unlikely” to return to the UK for Christmas this year.

LORI LAUGHLIN surrendered to begin serving her two-month sentence in the college admissions bribery case, according to a Federal Bureau of Prisons representative.

KALEY CUOCO had an odd quarantine.

CARDI B calls off her divorce from Offset.

JULIANNE HOUGH filed to divorce her husband Brooks Laich.

25 FEEL-GOOD FILMS You'll Want to Watch Again-and Again.


THE CLEVER DOGGO is staged, but still a hoot.

FLORIDA IGUANAS may be adapting to the cold and expanding their territory.

POLICE SEIZE 3 KANGAROOS during a a 150MM drug raid in Canada.

A WHALE SCULPTURE stopped a Dutch train from crashing into the water.

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