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GINGER BAKER, who helped redefine the role of the drums in rock and became a superstar in the process, died on Sunday in a hospital in southeastern England. He was 80. The NYT also lists 15 essential Baker tracks, spanning his career well beond Cream. Here's the NME obit as well. The tributes roll in. Here's Cream's Farewell Concert as broadcast by the Beeb on Jan. 5, 1969 (tracklist at the link).
NEW RELEASES: Paste points you to Wilco, Nick Cave, Angel Olsen, The Avett Brothers, and more.
INDIE BASEMENT: Brooklyn Vegan points you to Chromatics, Sloan, DIIV, and Happy Mondays.
WORLD CAFE shares a playlist like it's 1999.
THE REPLACEMENTS share "Lowdown Monkey Blues,"ft. Mr. Tom Waits.
COURTNEY MARIE ANDREWS and RHIANNON GIDDENS cover the Carter Family's "You Are My Flower."
ARTHUR RUSSELL: Hear the previously unreleased "You Did It Yourself."
BOOKER T & THE MG's: "Green Onions," live in '68
DAVID BYRNE gives All Songs Considered "Reasons to be Cheerful."
LIZ PHAIR exceprts her memoir at Stereogum.
THE BEST SONGS OF 2009, according to PopMatters.
THE NUMBER ONES looks at Manfred Mann's Earth Band's version of "Blinded By The Light," the closest thing that Bruce Springsteen has ever had to a No. 1 single.
WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Joker slays the chart competition with a 93.5MM domestic debut, plus another 140.5MM in overseas markets, beating the October records set last year by Venom. With a B+ CinemaScore, it remains to be seen whether it has legs... but with a reported 55-60MM production budget, it almoset does not matter, as it was never intended to launch a franchise. Abominable places with 12MM on a 42 percent drop, and it may take China to get this one into the black before heading tohome video. Downton Abbey shows with 8MM on a 44 percent drop; it could wind up as Focus Features' biggest movie evah. Hustlers takes the fourth slot with 6.3MM on a 45 percent drop on its way to a 100MM domestic run. It: Chapter Two rounds out the Top Five with another 5.4MM as it crosses 200MM domestic.
DIAHANN CARROLL, who more than half a century ago transcended racial barriers as the star of “Julia,” the first American television series to chronicle the life of a black professional woman, died on Friday at her home in West Hollywood, Calif. She was 84.
RIP TAYLOR, one of Television’s most flamboyant personalities known as “The Crying Comedian” and “The King of Camp and Confetti,” died Sunday in Beverly Hills. He was 84.
MARTIN SCORSESE does not think Marvel movies are "cinema." Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn responds.
BLAKE LIVELY & RYAN REYNOLDS welcomed their third child.
ELTON JOHN was 24 hours from death after prostate cancer surgery in 2017.
EVIL DEAD: Sam Raimi has revealed that there is a new movie on the way and it will be produced by the franchise's longtime lead Bruce Campbell.
RACHEL MADDOW is heading to The CW's Batwoman.Yes, really.
ANGELA LANSBURY finally heard the Chaka Demus and Pliers song “Murder She Wrote” and she’s “thrilled to be part of reggae.”
TWO ELEPHANTS have been rescued from a rock atop the "Hell's Abyss" waterfall in northeast Thailand. The elephants were trying to save one of the six others that fell into the churning waters.
TWO BEAR CUBS honk the horn after locking themselves in a van.
AN AGGRESSIVE PIT BULL rescued from a basement becomes a love bug.
A CUTE family of doggos.