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One of rock's greatest and most cantankerous drummers, Ginger Baker of Cream, is critically ill and in a hospital, according to an official tweet. No word yet on what he's specifically suffering from, but in the past, he revealed he had chronic lung disease and he underwent a major heart surgery in 2016. The highly un-prolific Fiona Apple reportedly is hard at work at a new album which she hopes to have out in early 2020. And The Mountain Goats just released a previously unreleased minimalist homage to Robert Smith and co. called "Get High and Listen to The Cure" on Bandcamp.

American TV star and cheesetastic German pop superstar David Hasselhoff enlists The Cars' lead guitarist Elliot Easton for a surprisingly faithful and credible rendition of the Jesus and Mary Chain's "Head On", which appears on his new album due Friday called Open Your Eyes.  Innovative King Crimson guitarist Robert Fripp says he's owed royalties and "Featured Player" credit on two Bowie albums, Scary Monsters and Heroes, the latter of which he had that sustained. memorable riff on the title song. And two Vampire Weekend members have started their own podcast about the fascinating and multi-layered world of touring.

Grateful Dead lyricist and collaborator Robert Hunter, known for his vivid words on staples like "Ripple," "China Cat Sunflower," "Uncle John's Band" and many more died yesterday at the age of 78. No cause of death was given by his family, but he recently toured to help raise money for medical bills.  Jerry Garcia met Hunter in the early 1960's and asked him to join a jug band, which he refused. The two reunited in San Francisco, where Hunter wrote words to a Garcia instrumental, which later became "Dark Star." Bob Dylan will kick off a ten-day residency at New York City's Beacon Theater in November, his longest stint since his Greenwich Village days in the early 60's. And Sharon Van Etten reflects on her fifteen years making music in New York City in the short film documentary, Departure, which is out Thursday. 


Sep 20, 2019

A film from director Lorene Scafaria.

"Ready or Not"

Sep 14, 2019

An interesting blend of comedy, horror and mystery.

Not bad for horror flick ...

Matt recommends, if you're a fan of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young.

"The Farewell"

Aug 16, 2019

Matt recommends it highly.

Agribiz giant Monsanto began collecting data on Neil Young after he put out a 2015 album critical of the multinational conglomerate.  The company also kept tabs on other individuals and media outlets that spoke out or reporting any negative. Paul Simon played a transcendent set at Outside Lands in San Francisco last night. He brought out Bob Wier for a duet of "The Boxer," the first time they ever played together. He hushed the crowd with a particularly moving "Sound of Silence," after what had been a tumultuous week in our political discourse. Foster the People tweeted out wild conspiracy yesterday that claims convicted sex offender and wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein is still alive. And a coroner has concluded that Silver Jews and Purple Mountains frontman David Berman died by his own hand last week. 

"Jimmie and his best friend Mont try to reclaim the house built by Jimmie's grandfather, launching them on a poignant odyssey that connects them to their past..."