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Go-Gos, and then some.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, October 02, 2020 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with THE GO-GOs!  They made history as the first all-female band that both wrote their own songs and played their own instruments to top the Billboard album charts. Kind of a hard band to place seasonally. Their debut, Beauty and the Beat, which yielded hits like "Our Lips Are Sealed" and "We Got the Beat," as well as great album cuts like "This Town," "Lust to Love," "Tonite" and "How Much More," came out in late Summer 1981, iirc, and "Lips" was climbing the charts that Fall, so I mentally place the band in this time of year. And it's still warm enough that the title track to the too-quick sophomore album, "Vacation," -- or their cover of the Capitols' "Cool Jerk" -- doesn't sound too out of place. "Get Up and Go" was also a single from that LP, but it didn't make the Top 40.  The band would chart twice more -- in 1984, with "Head Over Heels" and "Turn to You" -- before splitting and the near-inevitable reunion tours.

DELTA SPIRIT virtually visits The Current.

SUZANNE VEGA visits WNYC's Soundcheck.


TOM PETTY: Hear "Leave Virgina Alone."

ANDY SCHAUF shares a "Clove Cigarette."


THE MOUNTAIN GOATS become bobbleheads in "Get Famous."

ELVIS COSTELLO's Teenage Obsessions.

STEVIE NICKS' Moonlight Confessions.


THE TOP 10 LIZ PHAIR SONGS, according to Paste.

THE LA's Turns 30, with restrospectives at Paste, Clashmusic, and Stereogum.


NO TIME TO DIE: Here's Billie Eilish's theme for the Bond film.

SPIDER-MAN is bringing back Jamie Foxx as Electro?

RON HOWARD discusses Tom Hanks, Henry Winkler, friendship, wildfires and workaholism.

KRIS JENNER is being sued by a former bodyguard on allegations of sexual harassment — but vehemently denies his claims.

SHIA LeBEOUF was charged with battery and petty theft.

PATRICK MAHOMES and his fiancée Brittany Matthews are expecting their first child together.

THE SOCIAL NETWORK Turns 10, with pieces at Rolling Stone, Us Weekly, Uproxx, The Ringer and Yahoo!



DEER Crossing.

A BABY GOAT, balancing on a donkey.

AN ESCAPED FERRET wandered into a stranger's home and climbed into bed with a resident.

A TWO-HEADED SNAKE turns up in a North Carolina home.

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Thoysday. Let's do this.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, October 01, 2020 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE PSYCHEDLIC FURS broke through with this video for "Love My Way" on the MTV.

JASON ISBELL & AMANDA SHIRES play a Tiny Desk Concert from Home.


ALEX IZENBERG covers the Plastic Ono Band and Randy Newman for a Lagniappe Session.


ANDREW BIRD shares "Andalucia" from his upcoming holiday album.

DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS are surprise-releasing another new LP.

PRIMAL SCREAM defends Johnny Rotten after the pic of him wearing a MAGA shirt in 2018 made the rounds on social media again.

MAC DAVIS, a songwriter and performer who began a decades-long ascent in music and entertainment in the early 1960s, died Tuesday in Nashville following heart surgery. He was 78. 

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Madonna's "Crazy For You," the ballad from the 'Vision Quest' soundtrack.


OSCAR ISAAC & JAKE GYLLENHAAL will star in a movie about the making of The Godfather.


DONALD GLOVER and Michelle White welcomed their third child together during the coronavirus pandemic.

ANGELINA JOLIE made BRAD PITT quarantine for 14 days after he returned from France before seeing their kids.

LILY JAMES (Downton Abbey, Baby Driver, The Darkest Hour) is profiled by Harper's Bazaar, but don't ask if she's dating Chris Evans.

JK ROWLING: A number of prominent British literary figures, including John Cleese, have signed an open letter supporting the author amid the row over her stance on transgender rights. There is a counter-letter as well.

BORAT 2 has a teaser online.

GAME OF THRONES: George R.R. Martin names his least favorite scene in the series.


WHICH HOLLYWOOD SEX SYMBOLS Actually Have Sex on Screen? A Study.


A THREE-LEGGED BEAR walked into an open garage and made off with a bottle of Diet Coke.

A CAT and her piglets.

A GROUP OF PARROTS at a UK zoo have been removed after repeating obscene language at visitors.


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Your chance to do the hump.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, September 30, 2020 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


DUMPTRUCK: "Back Where I Belong."

DEERHOOF is streaming Love-Lore, a 35-minute, 43-song, live-in-the-studio covers medley album.  The tracklist is here.

DEHD plays virtually for The Current.

THE XX's Romy shares "Lifetime."

BAT FOR LASHES covers The Carpenters' "We’ve Only Just Begun."


SHARON VAN ETTEN covers Nine Inch Nails' "Hurt."

HELEN REDDY, who  charted 20 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart in her lifetime, including three No. 1s: the Grammy Award-winning “I Am Woman” (which she co-wrote with Ray Burton), “Delta Dawn” and “Angie Baby,” died Tuesday. The hitmaker was 78 years old.

ANGEL OLSEN: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview.

NEW ORDER's Gillian Gilbert on Power, Corruption & Lies.

THE TOP 40 DEBUT LP OPENERS, according to Paste.

THE NUMBER ONES Bonus Tracks looks at R.E.M.'s 2008 rocker "Supernatural Superserious," the band's final Hot 100 hit.


THE LION KING is getting a sequel, with Barry Jenkins set to direct.

BORAT 2 will be at Amazon Prime before Election Day.

MEGHAN McCAIN and her husband Ben Domenech welcome a baby girl.

SHANNON DOHERTY is not signing off just yet.

JENNIFER ANISTON revealed that she once contemplated quitting acting. 

ZENDAYA is in talks to star in a Ronnie Spector biopic.

THE CRAFT: LEGACY has a trailer online.


ARKANSAS HUNTERS bag the longest alligator in state history.

A CASSOWARY named Princess Salem enjoyed cantaloupe and watermelon at the Denver Zoo.

A MOOSE relocated out of Denver made the 30-mile trip back to the city.

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Tuesday, check.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, September 29, 2020 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE FLIRTATIONS deliver slices of Northern Soul with "Nothing But A Heartache" and "What's Good About Goodbye My Love" for Twofer Tuesday.

THE RAMONES get almost three hours of discussion and analysis on Political Beats with guest Christian Schneider.

BRIGHT EYES plays a Tiny Desk Concert from Home.

RUFUS WAINWRIGHT virtually visits The Current.

THE MOUNTAIN GOATS: John Darnielle shares all 18 seconds of “Bomb-Ass Teacup.”


LAURA VEIRS shares “Another Space And Time.”

IDLES: The defiant Bristol punks answer the critics, rail against "class war" and talk up their explosive third album.

NOEL GALLAGHER wants better pop stars.

AC/DC tease something.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at USA For Africa's self-congratualtory celebrity-singalong travesty "We Are The World."


MEGXIT: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle deny they're starring in a Netflix show.

JOAQUIN PHOENIX & ROONEY MARA welcome their first child together, a son named River.

AMANDA SEYFRIED and husband Thomas Sadoski have welcomed their second child, a baby boy.

CHADWICK BOSEMAN donated some of his salary to his “21 Bridges” co-star Sienna Miller.

THE THREE BODY PROBLEM, helmed by "Game of Thrones" producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, is already controversial.

BOX OFFICE NUMBERS aren't just business jargon.

COP ROCK: Bad thirty years ago, bad now?

TOM HARDY as JAMES BOND? The pros and cons.


CURIOUS PENGUINS: This colony of little penguins in Australia get up close and personal with a GoPro camera

A BABY GIANT PANDA gets an examination. Here's more.

HITCHCOCK in 17 seconds.

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Monday, always far too soon.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, September 28, 2020 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE TEMPTATIONS: "Psychedelic Shack." That's where it's at.

NEW RELEASES: Paste will point you to Sufjan Stevens, Pillow Queens, Sylvan Esso, and more.

BILL'S INDIE BASEMENT has A Certain Ratio, Mint Field, Róisín Murphy, and more.

THE WAR & TREATY play World Cafe.


BEETHOVEN's "Ode to Joy" isn't getting a better video than this.  One imagines one of the Gruber Brothers pulling off a heist behind the scenes.

FLEET FOXES' Robin Pecknold opens up about his mental health struggles during the pandemic and making a new album alone.

WILL BUTLER examines his family history - and American history - on his new LP.

FLEETWOOD MAC's "Dreams" exploded on social media.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Phil Collins'drowning-in-despair ballad "One More Night."


WEEKEND BOX OFFICE? Tenet threepeats with 3.4MM on a 26 percent drop for a domestic total of 41.2MM and 283.2MM worldwide. The New Mutants placed again, with 1.1MM on a 31 percent drop and 19.4MM total.  Unhinged showed again with 1MM and a 17.1MM total. (The Empire Strikes Back checks in at fifth.)

EMMA STONE has in fact married Dave McCary.

MEGXIT: Meghan Markle reportedly has serious ambitions to run for president.Also Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's comments urging Americans to vote were a “violation” of their deal to leave the royal family, prompting talks about whether to strip the couple of their titles, according to a report.

KIT HARRINGTON & ROSE LESLIE are parents-to-be.

VIN DIESEL drops a video for "Feel Like I Do."

NICK FURY is getting a Disney+ series.

JOE MONTANA and his wife, Jennifer, faced down a would-be kidnapper at their Malibu home this weekend.

PHIL HARTMAN, remembered by Stephen Root.

JAMES CAAN talks "Brian's Song" after the death of Gale Sayers.

BILL MURRAY responds to the Doobie Bros' legal demand.

EVERYTHING DAVID FINCHER, including commercials and music videos, ranked by The Ringer.


A RAT that sniffed out 39 land mines and 28 explosives in Cambodia gets a medal.

KANGAROOS dispute the bill.

A CRAB makes a quick escape.

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