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A slow day, but Ranking Roger RIP, and Things.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, March 27, 2019 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



RANKING ROGER, a/k/a Roger Charlery, the vocalist of the English Beat and General Public, has died aged 56. He had multiple serious health issues. His band fused traditional ska music with elements of pop, new wave, punk rock and latin, and became a pioneer in the two-tone music genre. As the tributes roll in, let's take a brief inventory of the English Beat's highlights. My personal fave may still be "Best Friend," but you might prefer more signature songs like "Mirror in the Bathroom,"  "Save It For Later,"  "I Confess" or "Doors of Your Heart." Or their adaptations of covers like Smokey's "Tears Of A Clown" and the Andy Williams number "Can't Get Used To Losing You." BONUS: more people probably know ROGER's other band with Dave Wakeling, General Public, which had a ht with "Tenderness."

PHIL COOK dropped a surprise LP, As Far As I Can See.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: Tracks from Lee "Scratch" Perry, Radiator Hospital, and Cate Le Bon highlight the latest episode.

EMILY KING visits World Cafe.

THE FLESHTONES return with "Layin' Pipe."

MIKAL CRONIN returns with "Undertow."

BAD RELIGION returns with "Do The Paranoid Style."


JON PRATT, Pate's frontman, does a Guitar of the Day video and amuses himself (and me) with some Buddy Holly and James Brown.

JACKSON BROWNE gets over two hours of discussion on this week's Political Beats, with guest Cameron Joseph of TPM.

SHIELA E. talks about recording "Erotic City" with Prince around this time in 1984.

MICHAEL JACKSON will remain in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, despite the Leaving Neverland controversy.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Vicki Lawrence's twisty pop-country murder ballad "The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia."


JUSSIE SMOLLET's hate crime hoaxes were suddenly dropped in exchange for forfeiture of his 10K bond and a few hours of community service. It brought swift condemnation from Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson and Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who called it a “whitewash of justice.” A week ago, The Chicago PD called for an investigation into Asst. State's Attorney Kim Foxx's handling of the Jussie Smollett case.

A FORMER PLAYBOY PLAYMATE reportedly claims that Alex Rodriguez sexted her, practically begging for a threesome - just weeks before his storybook proposal to Jennifer Lopez.

CARDI B defended herself against detractors after a video resurfaced that showed her recalling that she drugged and robbed men when she worked as a stripper.

GAME OF THRONES showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss explain why they created the Night King (who is not in the books).

ZACK SNYDER shared his original plans for Justice League..

ALBERT BROOKS: Looking Back at the Prophetic Genius of 1979’s Real Life.


A FAMILY RESCUED A DOG FOR CERTAIN DEATH. Years later, he died saving their lives in a shooting.

AMERICA'S REINDEER have quietly gone extinct in the Lower 48.

KINDNESS MATTERS. We Need More Men Like Him.

THIS CAR saves dogs’ lives.

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Scott Walker RIP, and more.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, March 26, 2019 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


FAITH NO MORE: "We Care A Lot."

ALEJANDRO ESCOVEDO plays a Tiny Desk Concert.

EDIE BRICKELL visits World Cafe.

THE NUDE PARTY perform at The Current Day Party in Austin during SXSW.

FILTHY FRIENDS return with “November Man.”

THE ONLY ONES' Peter Perrett is back with "I Want Your Dreams".


SCOTT WALKER, one of the most innovative and enduring songwriters of the 20th century, has died aged 76. Walker first came to fame in the mid-1960s in the group the Walker Brothers, before creating a string of acclaimed solo albums – Scott, Scott 2, Scott 3 and Scott 4 – that are regarded as some of the most adventurous and boundary-pushing pop albums of the era. He was pop's great adventurer. Thom Yorke, Boy George, Doug Gillard (GbV), Johnny Marr, Graham Coxon, Sonic Youth and Car Seat headrest were among the many musicians paying tribute. NME lists David Bowie and other artists inflenced by Walker. In fact, here's Bowie coveringWalker's "Nite Flights."

JENNY LEWIS escapes the void.

STRAND OF OAKS: Tim Showalter takes Stereogum on a track by track tour of Eraserland.

THE NATIONAL RECORDING REGISTRY adds "La Bamba," Earth, Wind & Fire's "September,"and Curtis Mayfield's soundtrack album for Super Fly, among others.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Roberta Flack's enduring meta-hymn "Killing Me Softly With His Song" and


AVENGERS: ENDGAME clocks in at over three hours.

CLUELESS: The cast reunited to talk about the film at Chicago's Comic-Con.Here's the whole thing on video.

SHAZAM!'s previews made bank.

MICHAEL MADSEN wrecked his Land Rover, got busted for DUI.

NICOLAS CAGE applies for a marriage license.

WERNER HERSOG isn't into demonizing Russia or President Trump, but "you will not get me into any kind of superficial discussion about current politics in the United States.

LARRY COHEN, the avant-garde writer and director who made his mark in the horror and blaxploitation genres with such innovative cult classics as It's AliveGod Told Me ToBlack Caesar and Hell Up in Harlem, has died. He was 82.



A DOG TRICK you may not have seen.

BABY GOATS on a slide.

RUSSIAN MAN was caught attempting to smuggle an orangutan in his luggage.

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Exhausting weekend (not even NCAA games), but a few Things.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, March 25, 2019 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Jordan Peele's Us tops the chart with 70MM, a record opening for an original horror film, and the third best horror debut ever. It's already a big success, but it will be interesting to see how much it falls next weekend, given pent-up demand for the movie and a mere "B" CinemaScore. Captain Marvel finally slides to No. 2, placing with 35MM on a 49 percent drop that might concern Marvel if not for the fact it's already made 910MM worldwide. Wonder Park shows with 9MM on a 43 percent drop. Five Feet Apart takes the fourth slot with 8.8MM on a 34 percent drop. How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World rounds out the Top Five (and likely nears exhaustion) with 6.5MM; the threequel will likely wind up a few million short of the sequel.

SHAZAM! is getting strong early reviews from Variety, The Hollywood Reporter (mostly), and IndieWire.

BARBRA STREISAND defended Michael Jackson in the grossest terms possible.

DRAGGED ACROSS CONCRETE director S. Craig Zahler doesn’t care if you don’t like his new movie.

SPICE GIRLS got it on?

COLIN FARRELL talks Conway Twitty, Dumbo and more.

...and speaking of "more," there should be more tomorrow.

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Cherry Glazerr, Bad Bad Hats, All Songs Considered, Cows on the lam   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, March 20, 2019 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


JIMMY WEBB, one of America's master songwriters, plays "Elvis and Me" on Steve Dahl's 1991 NYE PPV event.

CHERRY GLAZERR performs at Barracuda in Austin, as part of The Current Day Party during SXSW.

BAD BAD HATS also performs at The Current Day Party.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED recaps the highlights of SXSW.


THE DREAM SYNDICATE shares "Put Some Miles On."

HOW DICK DALE Changed the Sound of Rock Guitar.

ROGERS & HAMMERSTEIN are getting 90 percent of songwriting royalties on Ariana Grande's "7 Rings."

PRIESTS talk to Pitchfork about nearly breaking up, defying expectations, and the questionable characters that populate their surprising new album.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Carly Simon's subliminal gutshot "You're So Vain."


TOY STORY 4 has a trailer online.

ALLISON MACK is in plea negotiations over sex-slave cult charges.

LORI LAUGHLIN's daughter allegedly didn't even fill out her own application to USC.

GAME OF THRONES: Kit Harrington talks about his journey and life after Jon Snow.

CHRISTOPHER NOLAN's next film has a star, even if we know nothing about the movie yet.

AVENGERS: ENDGAME's trailers may be misleading.

APOLLO 11: Inside the making of the acclaimed documentary.


THE DOG is the most amazing athlete here.

A COW ran loose on the Major Deegan Expressway near Yankee Stadium Tuesday morning.

ANOTHER COW ran away from Indiana police and hid out at Chik-Fil-A (ironically).

A LYNX captured in Michigan had been attacking geese.

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Ex Hex, Justin Townes Earle, Amanda Palmer, Tiny Pig   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE FEELIES: The Jonathan Demme-directed "Away" and a live take on "Deep Fascination" for Twofer Tuesday.

EX HEX advance streams It's Real.

JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE performs at The Current Day Party during the SXSW music festival.

AMANDA PLAMER plays three songs in a creek bed at SXSW.


AVEY TARE shares a psychedelic equestrian video for his new song "HORS_."

JENNY LEWIS waas profiled by the L.A. Times.

THE BREEDERS' Kim Deal talks about their fifth album, Pixies and touring with Nirvana.

ANDRE WILLIAMS, the R & B singer whose speak-sing style earned him the title "The Godfather Of Rap" and whose career was revitalized by interest from garage rockers like Jon Spencer and the Gories, has died at 82.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Billy Paul's Philly soul infidelity anthem "Me And Mrs. Jones."


WARNER BROS. chairman and CEO Kevin Tsujihara is exiting his role after text messages between the executive and Charlotte Kirk revealed that Tsujihara said that he would push for auditions for the actress amid an apparent sexual relationship that he was having with her.

GAME OF THRONES: Oscar-nominated Miranda Richardson has joined the ensemble cast of the prequel pilot.


QUENTIN TARANTINO's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood dropped a poster that does not feature Margot Robbie as Sharon Tate.

BLACK WIDOW: Florence Pugh is in talks to join Scarlett Johansson’s standalone superhero film.

THE FUTURE OF STREAMING is... the cable bundle?


A TINY PIG has the biggest heart.

DIGGING that sleeping spot.

A CAT that went missing five years ago finally returns home.

THE BOBCAT HARVEST is up in Illinois.

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