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Stan Lee, RIP   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, November 13, 2018 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


I was going to largely skip today due to the slowness of news and the press of my schedule Monday, but...

STAN LEE, who as chief writer and editor of Marvel Comics helped create some of the most enduring superheroes of the 20th century and was a major force behind the breakout successes of the comic-book industry in the 1960s and early ’70s, died on Monday in Los Angeles. He was 95. That NYT obit hits most of the main points.  If you want a deeper, nerdier, and a bit more critical dive, try The Comics Journal. If you want a bigger-picture look at the insights that made Lee arguably the most important figure in pop culture since Walt Disney, try Jonathan V. Last at the Weekly Standard.  People will focus on Lee as a self-made media creation (which has its lighter and darker sides), I would note that one of his earlier and subtler marketing techniques was the inclusion of reader letters (with answers) and editorials in the comic books themselves. Lee understood the value of creating community much earlier than many. As a creator, he will be remembered for bringing character into superhero comics in a way largely taken for granted by later generations. But those generations learned from Lee that you didn't need to be perfect to be heroic. Conversely, he understood that tales of heroism provide moral lessons for the young. "With great power comes great responsibility" is merely the best-known of these.  And despite the fact that comics were largely considered as a product for children, Lee's Marvel generally did not talk down to its audience, either thematically or textually. The Marvel books I grew up with in the 70s and early 80s were generally written with a college-level vocabulary, for which I will always be grateful. FFTB.

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Elvis Costello, Phosphorescent, Sam Morrow, Sade, Bobcat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, November 12, 2018 - 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.


PHOSPHORESCENT plays CBS This Morning.

SAM MORROW, Live at the Local during AmericanaFest.

SADE shares "The Big Unknown."


BIG RED MACHINE makes its TV debut on Colvert with "Gratitude."

THE "WHITE ALBUM" and ELECTRIC LADYLAND Turn 50: The violence and upheaval of 1968 are all over these albums as they fluctuate between confidence and confusion.

JOE PERRY was hospitalized after a surprise performance with Billy Joel.

HUGH McDOWELL, cellist for ELO and Wizzard, has died at age 65 following a battle with cancer. 

THE NUMBER ONES looks at "People Got To Be Free," the Rascals' upbeat response to the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.


WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: The Grinch tops the chart with 66MM. That seems low (The Lorax opened bigger in March 2012), but may look better after the Veterans' day school holiday -- plus it's likely to have legs and was produced for a mere 75MM. Bohemian Rhapsody places with 30.8MM on a 40 percent decline. But it cracks 100MM domestic after two frames and will rake in the profits, if not many awards. Overlord shows wth 10.1MM against a 38MM budget, with good reviews being offset by its offbeat concept and lack of star power. The Nutcracker and the Four Realms takes the fourth slot with 9.6MM on a 53 percent drop. Foreign receipts may save this one from true flop status... but maybe not. The Girl in the Spider's Web: A New Dragon Tattoo Story rounds out the Top Five with 8MM against a 43MM budget, suggesting no one was waiting for a reboot of this franchise.

VENOM grossed 111MM in China on its opening weekend (almost three times what The Last Jedi grossed there during its whole run).

PARAMOUNT RANCH, which served as a set for parts of Westworld and numerous other Hollywood television shows and films, was burned by the Woolsey Fire in Cali. So was Malibu Creek State Park, a location for M*A*S*H and Planet of the Apes.

MARTIN SHEEN and his wife were found after Charlie tweeted he lost contact with them during the wildfire.

KATE UPTON & JASON VERLANDER are the proud new parents of a baby girl.

ADAM DRIVER, secretly a Dad for two years.

THE PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARDS went to these folks.

ENNIO MORRICONE denies insulting Quentin Tarantino in an interview with German Playboy.

VETERANS' DAY: Today is the observation of the anniversary of the end of WWI; thank a vet today, and read the excellent 2009 piece by the WaPo's David Ignatius that may be more true today.


A BOBCAT snacks on a giant green iguana in Boynton Beach.

EVACUATED LLAMAS are tied to an LA County lifeguard stand at Zuma Beach in Malibu. Horses and other animals have been evacuated to the beach.

DOZENS OF CAT MUMMIES are found in 6,000-year-old tombs in Egypt.

T. REX could turn like a 'figure skater from hell' and was far more agile than thought.

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Neil Young, Low, Pedro the Lion, KT Tunstall, Azusa, Penguin Chick   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, November 09, 2018 - 08:00 AM
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... 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."

LOW, Live at the Fitzgerald Theater in downtown St. Paul, Minn.

PEDRO THE LION plays a Tiny Desk Concert.

KT TUNSTALL stops by the World Cafe.

AZUSA advance streams Heavy Yoke.

PANDA BEAR shares "Dolphin."

THE VOGUES: It's a "Five O'Clock World" on Friday.

JEFF TWEEDY on Addiction, Anxiety and A Ghost Is Born.

1993: The Greatest Year In Music? (spoiler: No.)

THE SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME nominees are announced.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at the Doors' immortally horny "Hello, I Love You."

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases include Dr. Seuss' The Grinch, which is currently scoring 60 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; The Girl in the Spider's Web: A New Dragon Tattoo Story, currently scoring 47 percent; and Overlord, scoring 85 percent. Amazon's Beautiful Boy makes it to 777 big screens, scoring 69 percent.

STAR WARS: Diego Luna will reprise his role as rebel spy Cassian Andor in a TV prequel show to Rogue One.

TOM HIDDLESTON will officially return as Loki in a small-screen series about the shapeshifter, Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger confirmed Thursday.

MEG RYAN confirms her engagement to John Mellencamp.

BEN AFFLECK & JENNIFER GARNER are officially divorced.

NICOLE KIDMAN breaks her silence about her two adopted children with Tom Cruise.

ADRIANA LIMA is hanging up her Victoria's Secret Angel wings after 20 years.


THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA Turns 10: Streep, Hathaway, and Blunt speak.

A MALE PENGUIN COUPLE welcomes a Gentoo chick.

AN EMU & DONKEY, living together... mass hysteria!

A DOG-FACED BAT is a very good boy… with wings.

ZOOKEEPER accused in murder-for-hire plot also accused of killing tigers, selling cubs.

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Cursive, Wild Pink, Joni Mitchell, Conor Oberst, Llama   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, November 08, 2018 - 08:00 AM
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NIRVANA, covering Bowie's "The Man Who Sold The World."

CURSIVE plays an acoustic Stereogum Session.

WILD PINK plays a stripped-down Stereogum Session.

JONI MITCHELL turns 75, so The Key posted a 75-song playlist. All Songs posted a 75-question quiz.

CONOR OBERST shares “No One Changes” and “The Rockaways.”

SMASHING PUMPKINS shares "Knights Of Malta."


NEKO CASE shares a video for "Last Lion of Albion."

MARIANNE FAITHFULL, interviewed by Nick Cave.

CAN co-founder Irmin Schmidt talks to SPIN about projects old and new.

LUCY DACUS talks to Noisey about tarot, astrology, and accents on the Historian and the boygenius musician's first-ever "proper" date. 

THE NUMBER ONES looks at South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela's flukey instrumental jazz hit "Grazing In The Grass."


BREAKING BAD is headed for the big screen.

SELENA GOMEZ has left rehab after entering the treatment center at the beginning of October.

EZRA MILLER calls out his own franchise success and powerful men in Hollywood.

BRAD PITT claims ANGELINA JOLIE is putting the kids through an unnecessarily damaging child custody proceeding.

JENNIFER GARNER had a wardrobe malfunction at church.

OWEN WILSON seems uninterested in his third child.

CHRIS PRATT & ANNA FARIS are divorcing, but living nearby each other.


A LLAMA, taking a taxi.

FLORIDA MAN Breaks Into Alligator Compound. What could possibly go wrong?

SUSAN, could you please get your cat off of me?

DID THE OWL DO IT? Unpacking the Weirdest Fan Theory About Netflix's The Staircase.

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Mountain Man, Lee Ann Womack, Ellis, Citrus Pup   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, November 07, 2018 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE ONLY ONES: "Another Girl, Another Planet," live in '79.

MOUNTAIN MAN stops by The Current.

LEE ANN WOMACK plays a Tiny Desk Concert.

ELLIS streams The Fuzz EP.


J MASCIS shares a video for "Elastic Days."

ARETHA FRANKLIN: The Amazing Grace documentary is to be released almost 50 years after filming.

CHARLES BRADLEY: As Daptone release his posthumous album, Ozzy Osbourne, Margo Price and more remember his talent.

R.E.M.: Listening to the final years.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Herb Alpert's Burt Bacharach/Hal David-written ballad "This Guy's In Love With You."


IDRIS ELBA: People Magazine's Sexiest Man Alive.

BRADGELINA move closer to a child custody trial.

SHREK is headed for a reboot.

JOHN LEGEND found his voice.

CAPTAIN MARVEL can hook you up to some phone sex.


A PUPPER does not like the lime.

NOT THE HEROES WE DESERVE, but the heroes we need.

CUTE CUBS are snapped playing hide-and-seek and climbing trees in Finland.

ORANGUTANS are still in decline in Indonesia.

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