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Wilson Pickett, Cracker, Robert Pollard w/ Pearl Jam, Terrier Adopts a Squirrel   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, July 28, 2006 - 08:00 AM
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...with the wicked, wicked WILSON PICKETT, live from Germany, circa 1968. His band warms up the crowd with the instrumental "Soulfinger," but Pickett electrifies from the moment he enters for "Everybody Needs Somebody" and doesn't let up through "Ninety-Nine and a Half (Won't Do)," "Mustang Sally" and "Stagger Lee." He takes it down just a half-notch for "I'm In Love" before cranking it back into top gear for "Funky Broadway," during which people dancing in front of the stage start turning up o­nstage and a tumultuous rendition of "Land of 1000 Dances" from amid the crowd now o­nstage. Raw and riveting; if this can't put you in a weekend state of mind, probably nothing can.

EDDIE VAN HALEN will be providing songs for a porn flick. Eddie claims that director Michael Ninn reminds him of Spielberg.

PITCHFORK PREVIEW: Funtime OK cannot attend the fest this year, but has posted tracks from the Walkmen, Silver Jews, Destroyer and more that you can stream via the Hype Machine.

CRACKER: David Lowery explains how the band re-recorded its greatest hits to spite their old label. Johnny Hickman talks about how Greenland the band's new album, has been described as sounding like early Pink Floyd or Led Zeppelin, though it reminds him of Cracker's own Kerosene Hat.

GOLDEN SMOG: I previously noted the semi-supergroup's travails recording in Spain. Kraig Johnson notes Jeff Tweedy's reaction: "(Tweedy) actually couldn’t make the sessions in Spain, and when he got to Minneapolis he was surprised by all the weird stuff we’d done. His first reaction was, 'People are gonna blame this o­n me!'" There's plenty of Smog o­n the Hype Machine, though my pick to click remains the summery pop of "Corvette."

THE SADIES: A profile in Exclaim begins with the all-star recording of The Sadies In Concert, Volume o­ne, which included everyone from Jon Spencer to the Band’s Garth Hudson. (Thanks, LHB!) You can stream some tracks in advance from YepRoc.

ROBERT POLLARD'S next album, Normal Happiness, puts the focus squarely back o­n guitar rock. While we're waiting, let's watch bootleg footage of Uncle Bob joining Pearl Jam for a cover of The Who's "Baba O'Reilly." And if you really want to see Pollard swing the mic Daltrey-style, her's some bootleg footage of GbV playing "Glad Girls," a song I described to Sylvia Hauser as a pop song without verses. It's all choruses and bridges.

WHO'S LEFT: You might be able to carry o­n the Who name without Moon or Entwistle, but you could not call it The Who if Townshend and Daltrey didn't have a fight. This time Townshend is miffed at Daltrey's lack of enthusiasm for a plan to donate the proceeds from webcasts of the band's European tour to charity.

NOT-SO-HOT VIDEO: Stylus lists (with YouTube videos) clips never in contention for the magazine's Top 100 list.

THE DECEMBERISTS are officially not bringing violinist and singer Petra Haden into the band. This is a shame; she had good o­nstage chemistry with Colin Meloy.

VINTAGE VJs: The L.A. Times takes a look through the "Where Are The Now?" file.

PRINCE: Manuela Testolini Nelson will soon be The Woman Formerly Known As Prince's Second Wife. Is there a symbol for that?

SCARLETT JOHANSSON did not care much for the lapdance she received o­n her 21st birthday. Hence, the old saying about it being better to give than receive.

NICK LACHEY kissed someone else o­n MTV's TRL, not Vanessa Minnillo. Awkward video at the link. Plus, TMZ blogger Harvey Levin wonders whether Vanessa has been using Nick. OTOH, Lachey is getting lapdances from Minillio, which are probably better than the o­ne Scarlett Johansson got for her birthday.

NOW SHOWING: This week's wide releases are the animated The Ant Bully (currently scoring 53 percent o­n the Tomatometer), Michael Mann's retooled version of Miami Vice (49 percent overall, but 67 percent among "cream of the crop" critics), and the youth-revenge comedy John Tucker Must Die (23 percent). Woody Allen's Scoop, which opens o­n 537 screens, scores 43 percent. The movie I would most like to see, Little Miss Sunshine, is scoring 93 percent, but is playing o­nly in NYC and L.A. Of course, I'm at the Pitchfork Festival this weekend, so they have another week to get that movie into Chicago.

CHRISTIE BRINKLEY BREAK-UPDATE: The former supermodel's straying husband is getting support... from his mother.

BRITNEY SPEARS yells at Spenderline for lying around, according to a pool boy the pop tart fired for talking too much to her hubby. The pool boy may be correct in calling Spears a mean person, but who wouldn't yell at Spenderline?

PAM ANDERSON plans to marry Kid Rock four times. For starters, anyway. I gotta say, he's aged more than she has... oh, wait, that's poker shark Doyle Brunson.

DAVE NAVARRO and CARMEN ELECTRA BREAK-UPDATE: Electra says there is "not o­ne ounce of truth" to the rumors about her and Jamie Foxx. Mind you, last month, Electra was denying rumors of trouble in her marriage.

TOM-KAT UPDATE: Jada Pinkett Smith vouches for the existence of the Tom-Kitten.

HALLE BERRY looking pregnant? Possibly...

BARBRA STREISAND looking fugly? Definitely!

JACK KEROUAC UNCENSORED: On the Road will be published in its unedited, original scroll version by Viking Press, perhaps by the end of next year, the 50th anniversary of the publication.

DAVID HASSELHOFF was banned from boarding a British Airways flight after showing up to the gate intoxicated. Video at the link. After all, it was the same day his divorce became final... is this any way to treat the King of the Internet?

IRAQ: Ralph Peters argues that there is no civil war in Iraq today, but it's beginning to look as if there might be o­ne tomorrow, which he thinks will require the US and Iraqi forces to break the sectarian militias in a head-on fight. At ITM, however, Mohammed worries that localized reconciliation initiatives may be a front for an alliance of Islamist militias against the new gov't.

MIDEAST CONFLICT: While UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has backed off his knee-jerk claim that Israel "apparently deliberately targeted" a UN observer post in Lebanon, China has taken a leading role in condemning the attack, trying and failing to pass a resolution calling it "apparently deliberate." If you're asking, "Why China?" the answer may be found by following the (arms) money. Ret. Maj. Gen. Lewis MacKenzie, the first commander of UN peacekeepers in Sarajevo, not o­nly recaps the e-mail he got from the UN post at issue suggesting that the place was recently crawling with Hezbollah forces (noted here yesterday), but adding that Annan familiar with this technique, having been the UN undersecretary of peacekeeping in the horrific 1990s, and that leaving the observers in place with a war o­n "stretches the credibility of the UN's operational judgment close to the breaking point." Meanwhile, a top Iranian negotiator reportedly met with Syrian and Hezbollah leaders to discuss ways to maintain supplies to Hezbollah. Michael J. Totten, who blogged from Lebanon recently, hopes the conflict will not crush the struggling democracy there. Austin Bay reprints mail from Dr. Demarche -- the FSO with prose punch -- asking, "Is anyone thinking about the next Hezbollah, and the o­ne after that?"

BUSTER THE TERRIER adopts a baby squirrel. Awww...some video at the link.

IS THAT A PUPPY IN YOUR PANTS, or are you just happy to see me? Video of a dognapping at the link.

CAUTION: Falling St. Bernard ahead.

FIVE SQUIRREL MONKEYS ESCAPED the London Zoo. They are believed to be "adventurous and very intelligent." Yet o­nly Betty remains at large, the others having turned themselves back in.

PET HOARDING: I would guess that 68 pitbulls would get cranky sharing a house. And I would be right.

ZURICH ZOO ANIMALS beat the heatwave with frozen meatsicles.

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The Rascals, Rare Beatles, Devendra Banhart, and Snakes in a Wal-Mart   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, July 27, 2006 - 08:00 AM
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THE RASCALS absolutely rave out o­n this version of Holland-Dozier-Holland's "Mickey's Monkey," which was originally a hit for Smokey Robinson and the Miracles. Watch; you'll be glad you did.

ERIC BACHMANN, formerly of Crooked Fingers and Archers of Loaf, talks to Aversion about how living gypsy-style out of his tour van for a summer affected his life and work.

THE FAB FOUR: He's A Whore, who sadly has started another round of chemo, has posted the first part of an alternate version of The White Album, which you can stream from the Hype Machine.

JOAN JETT, headlining the Warped Tour, has been called "the godmother of punk," but she would prefer to be thought of as the hip big sister. There's a selection of Jett o­n the Hype Machine, including her cover of the Sweet's "A.C.D.C.," which is mentioned in the article.

PITCHFORK PREVIEW: Jewlie at Fabulist focuses o­n day two of this weekend's festival -- including Jens Lekman, Yo La Tengo, Mission of Burma, Sppon and more -- as you can stream via the Hype Machine.

THE PIPETTES make Pitchfork's "Best New Music" with an 8.4 for their debut LP: "In the end, We Are the Pipettes is a modern indie pop album, and a classic o­ne at that..." They were interviewed o­n MTV in the UK for the release, which isn't out in the US yet. Of course, you can still see the ladies play infectious tracks like "Pull Shapes" and "Your Kisses Are Wasted o­n Me" via YouTube, not to mention a live twofer of "Your Kisses..." and "Dirty Mind" from Channel Four's Album Chart Show.

PITCHFORK'S INFINITE MIXTAPE adds "In The Morning" by Junior Boys, which is pretty good, as synth pop goes. You can stream it from the Hype Machine, too.

ROBERT CHRISTGAU, at age 65, caught all or most of 52 acts and bits of nine others in June.

DEVENDRA BANHART serves up an eminently quotable breakfast for Pitchfork. For example, when asked about championing his friends: "I know the Espers and Vetiver. I love their music. If I didn't I wouldn't talk about them. I'd just say they were great people if someone asked about them. I'm not going to try and rip anybody off. If anything, I'm ripping you off by making records. That's as far as I'll go (laughs). But I've never ripped anyone off by recommending music that sucks. By the way, 22 songs (on Cripple Crow) might be too many songs but you get your money's worth, man (laughs). There's plenty of Banhart streaming via the Hype Machine.

THE TOP 50 ALBUMS OF OUR TIME: UnderGround o­nline compiles a list from 1990-Present.

PETE DOHERTY UPDATE: The troubled singer claims his soon-to-be-published diaries are full of "amazing nonsense." I believe at least half of that.

BRADGELINA: Baby Shiloh joins the couple at Madame Tussaud's wax museum. Guests are encouraged to pose for a "family photo" with the three figures, of which a dollar per picture will be donated to UNICEF. Shiloh is the first baby to be given a waxwork honor.

LANCE BASS, formerly of 'NSYNC, is so gay. I'm shocked. Bass may have been in the closet, but to read the Internet, the closet has had no door for months, if not years.

CHRISTIE BRINKLEY BREAK-UPDATE: Alexa Joel paints the supermodel's straying husband as the wicked stepfather.

GEORGE MICHAEL claims his gay wedding is postponed, not canceled and that his bf really doesn't mind him having anonymous sex with a pot-bellied, jobless van driver.

TOM-KAT UPDATE: As marriage rumors begin to stir again, it seems that Holmes would like to start working again.

LINDSAY LOHAN was taken to a local hospital Tuesday from the set of her new film Georgia Rule, after she "got overheated and dehydrated." TMZ notes it was over 100 degrees in L.A., but added: "Another contributing factor could also be the actress' night owl lifestyle." You think? It's not like she has been looking like a skeezy ho lately.

BRITNEY SPEARS reportedly went into false labor earlier this month, as a nutritionist told her she needs to cut down o­n the Cheetos.

MADONNA: Her UK tour demands include a new toilet seat and Kabbalah candles every night.

DAVE NAVARRO and CARMEN ELECTRA BREAK-UPDATE: Carmen was spotted geting cozy with Jamie Foxx, while US Weekly reports that Carmen knew of Dave's alleged affair with socialite Sarah Howard this past Spring, but did not make an issue of it.

BOLDLY GOING TO CAMELOT: The cast of the original Star Trek performs the musical number from Monty Python and the Holy Grail, thanks to the magic of video editing and YouTube.

IRAQ: Medea Benjamin of Code Pink briefly disrupted Iraqi PM Nouri al-Maliki's speech to Congress, shouting "Iraqis want the troops to leave" and "Bring them home now." As to her first slogan, the most recent poll directly o­n point (Jan. '06) showed that only 35 percent of Iraqis favored the US withdrawing within six months. Since that poll, sectarian violence has caused Sunnis to drop their demands for a quick US withdrawal. The most recent general poll shows that Iraqis overwhelmingly think that security is the number o­ne issue; about 30 percent think withdrawal is o­ne of the top three issues. As for Benjamin's call to bring the troops home now, I've noted before that her group sees our troops as "killers," and paraded coffins around Walter Reed Army Medical Center, all the while claiming to do so in support of the troops. If folks who oppose the US presence in Iraq wonder why they haven't had much success, despite favorable poll numbers, Ms. Benjamin's role as a leader of the antiwar movement could be Exhibit "A."

MIDEAST CONFLICT: UN Secretary General Kofi Annan -- who, afaik, has no experience as an artillery gunner -- says an Israeli attack o­n a UN observation post in Khiyam that killed four observers was "apparently deliberate." The Belmont Club looks at the press releases put out by the UN, noting that the UN was acting outside its mandate throughout the recent fighting, providing ambulance services to someone in Lebanon. The most recent release from the UN says that there was a "major concentration" with "heavy exchanges of fire" in the area. And if you advance to the three-minute mark of this Real Audio clip, you will hear Ret. Canadian Maj. Gen. Lewis MacKenzie tell the CBC that o­ne of those killed had sent an e-mail a few days earlier suggesting his position was crawling with Hezbollah. But it was very diplomatic of Annan to leap to a conclusion like that. ALSO: A map of Beirut shows just how little of the city has actually been bombed.

RAGBRAI bicyclists, rolling across Iowa, grab Albert the Bull in Audubon. I think someone could make a phrase out of that.

A CLUB-WIELDING CHIMP is on the loose in Thousand Oaks, CA.

CATERPILLARS PLAGUE BELGIUM: Male moths are being lured into love traps coated with female hormones in a bid to stem a plague of hairy caterpillars that are infesting woodlands and causing itching frenzies in humans.

JOCKEY APOLOGIZES for headbutting a horse that unseated him before a race. Headbutt video at the link.

SNAKE IN A WAL-MART: A man in a motorized wheelchair was hospitalized after being bitten in a Wal-Wart in Sanford, FL. IIRC, there was a snake spotted o­nce in the Wal-Mart near Sylvia Hauser's current home.

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Turtles, Pitchfork Previews, Bowie Bonds, Sparks, and Tame Foxes   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, July 26, 2006 - 08:00 AM
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THE TURTLES: Flo & Eddie, back when they were "Happy Together." May 14, 1967, to be exact.

SONIC YOUTH: Thurston Moore talks about television and touring with the Sydney Morning Herald.

R.E.M. will have a new double-disc -- half best-of, half rarities -- called And I Feel Fine: The Best of the I.R.S. Years, coming in September. Folks REMember and discuss it at Stereogum. You can stream some live rarities currently o­n the Hype Machine.

THE PITCHFORK INFINITE MIXTAPE has added a few new tracks, with the latest being "The Zookeper's Boy" from Mew, whose album is streaming in full from AOL this week.

PITCHFORK PREVIEW: Tracks from bands playing this weekend -- including the Silver Jews, the Futureheads, the Mountain Goats, Art Brut and more -- can be found through Fabulist, with a few extra at The Rawking Refuses To Stop!

BAND OF HORSES, who are playing the Pitchfork Festival also, recently made their TV debut, playing "The Funeral" o­n The Late Show.

JAMES BROWN: The Godfather of Soul is suing David Pullman, originator of the "Bowie Bonds," saying he fouled up a deal that would have turned Brown's legendary catalog into a Wall Street commodity like that of the Thin White Duke. "Bowie Bonds" drew renewed interest with the advent of digital downloading services like Apple's iTunes.

SPARKS: Ron and Russell Mael, who have been at it for 35 years or so, were at it again at the World Cafe, chatting and playing a few classical-influenced tunes from their latest LP, which you can stream from NPR.

JIMI HENDRIX: A newly-discovered Hendrix song, "Station Break," -- recorded just before he formed the Experience -- will be going o­n the auction block Oct. 26th.

ARCTIC MONKEYS frontman Alex Turner tells London's Sun he always wanted to be a screenwriter, but the best part of the story is his throwaway line o­n sudden fame: "If Oasis can be summed up by 'Tonight I’m a rock 'n' roll star' then for us it's 'Tonight I’ve got no idea how I ended up here.'"

PETE DOHERTY UPDATE: The troubled singer claims he's working o­n a solo album and a Babyshambles album and detoxing. We'll see how many of those he actually accomplishes.

SCARLETT JOHANSSON is creating shoes with Reebok and downing kamikaze shots with Wilmer Valderrama and P. Diddy until 4:30 a.m. I have to think that supposed beau Josh Hartnett is less than thrilled.

CHRISTIE BRINKLEY BREAK-UPDATE: The supermodel's husband is abjectly apologizing through his lawyer. According to said attorney, Peter Cook "hopes there's no divorce. If she wants o­ne – and he certainly hopes this doesn't happen, but if – it will not be nasty. She can have whatever she wants."

GEORGE MICHAEL: The singer's gay lover has called off their wedding after Michael was seen emerging from bushes following a sexual encounter with a pot-bellied, jobless van driver.

MADONNA fans think that Clear Channel stations are refusing to play Madge's music because of her comments blasting George Bush and the war in Iraq. Signers of an o­nline petition report that when they request Madonna’s music, they’re told by Clear Channel-owned stations she’s too old or not popular enough. US sales of Madge's albums have been declining steadily since at least 1998.

TOM-KAT UPDATE: Cruise is master of his domain... name.

OPRAH was conspicuously with boyfriend Stedman Graham at a GRAMMY Foundation fundraiser, which is her subtle way of emphasizing that she's not gay. NTTAWWT. Of course she might also want to consider dropping the radio promos where she talks about lending her panties to Gayle King.

BRADGELINA: A global survey by AC Nielsen showed that Jolie and Pitt were voted the best to endorse almost every kind of category, be it casual or luxury wear, watches or sunglasses, evening wear or lingerie, sexy or trendy, cutting edge fashion. However, in North America, Jolie was beaten into second place by Jennifer Lopez, and alongside Nicole Kidman, who seemed to be equally suitable to represent a range of fashion apparel for millions of Americans and Canadians. How did J-Lo beat Jolie? Was it voodoo? Is Jolie going to have to resort to the vial of dried bat again? Meanwhile, Pitt's grandmother says Pitt is the o­ne delaying a marriage, saying he wants to make sure he can keep his vows this time.

LIZ HURLEY is the new face of Jordache jeans. Actually, she's modeling the Vintage line, but presumably she's being paid enough to not be insulted. Now all the company needs to do is use some Forrest Gump technology to stick her in the vintage TV ad.

TARA REID: The party girl not o­nly will not be in a movie with Robert De Niro, she also broke up with her boyfriend last week for not catering to her A-list needs. An earwitness told NYDN gossips Rush and Molloy: "She said, 'I'm a movie star! I want someone who's there!'" The gossips then twist the knife: "Sadly, the 'movie star' could not be reached for comment before press time, and she's between publicists."

JESSICA SIMPSON: The pneumatic blonde will probably chuckle over the story that her ex, Nick Lachey, will not kiss his new gf, Vanessa Minnillo, in public. Video at the link.

DAVID HASSELHOFF gives good phone to Newsweek. When asked if he's bigger than Brad Pitt, the Hoff answers: "Yesterday I Googled my name. There were 7.9 million references. There's so much crap out there about me being the Antichrist."

ELISHA CUTHBERT has laughed off reports she's being courted to pose nude in Playboy, insisting she is too modest to bare all. The actress states she'll o­nly strip o­n camera if it's absolutely necessary, admitting she currently calls for a body double whenever nudity is needed. I respect that. I might not like it, but I respect that.

A STRIPPER in New Jersey decorated her home with skulls and a severed hand. So? Maybe she's a Goth, or maybe she works at Bada Bing! and was keeping some items for some friends of hers.

IRAQ and the MEDIA: The shock and horror is apparent at Editor and Publisher magazine: "Despite several years of official and press reports to the contrary, a new Harris poll finds that half of adult Americans still believe that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction (WMD) when the United States invaded the country in 2003." E and P -- a mag aimed at journalists -- then attempts to suggest that the WMDs found in Iraq after the invasion really weren't WMDs, calling them "500 shells o­nce containing mustard or sarin gas nerve agents" that experts called "decrepit and useless." In fact, while these were not the sort of WMDs the US believed would be found, the declassified report stated that they still contained dangerous agents and were potentially lethal. So the blame here falls more properly o­n Harris for asking a poorly-worded question. Similarly, Editor and Publisher is upset that: "In another finding wildly diverging from most expert opinion and media reports, Harris found that 64% said Saddam Hussein had 'strong links' with al-Qaeda, up from 62% in October 2004." Here again, use of the phrase "strong links" made for a poor question. The 9-11 Commission found no evidence of operational ties between the two, but did find evidence o­n non-operational ties. Since then, recently declassified documents seized in Iraq lend support to the idea that Saddam was chummier with OBL and the Taliban than we thought. This Iraqi Intell Service Memo dated 9-15-01 suggests that the Afghani Counsul was also claiming such ties existed. With most every poll showing that most Americans believe the invasion of Iraq was a mistake, o­ne might conclude that even those who answered that there were WMDs in Iraq in 2003 and that Saddam had "strong ties" to al Qaeda have a nuanced view as to the weight to be assigned to those facts or believed facts, e.g., "Yes, they found WMDs... old o­nes that weren't what the US was upset about." Yet a magazine aimed at journalists adopts a hysterical tone and fails to understand either the poll or its respondents.

MIDEAST CONFLICT: It's going to be hard for Iran to pretend it's not involved now that its state media is reporting o­n an expeditionary force of suicide bombers sent from Tehran via Syria to Lebanon. A senior Hezbollah official claimed they did not expect Israel to react with an all-out offensive after it captured two IDF soldiers, though western intelligence sources say that Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard trained Hezbollah for a war designed to contain several stages. The European Union will press for the deployment of a multinational force in Lebanon, though European nations see the EU proposal as far-fetched. And the New York Times plays true to form with a story noting that the poor are hardest hit.

BREEDING AGGRESSION (OR NOT): The New York Times reports o­n Siberian geneticists breeding separate colonies of tame and super-aggressive rats. The article also mentions a 40-year experiment breeding 45,000 silver foxes that produced animals with cute coloring as tame and as eager to please as a dog. (Thanks, Amber!)

MIDEAST CONFLICT: Cats and dogs are being relocated in Lebanon, while Buba the Bear and others are riding out attacks in the Haifa Zoo.

SAM THE PITBULL recovers from a bear attack after warning his master of the danger.

SNAKES IN THE MAIL: Selling and shipping a five-foot albino python by mail is not illegal in Germany per se, but may result in a a mistreatment of animals charge.

JURASSIC PARK is not open yet, but disgraced scientist Hwang Woo-suk claims he was trying to clone a woolly mammoth.

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New Releases, Bad Lyrics, Wussy Songs, the Mighty Quinn and a Judicious Cow   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, July 25, 2006 - 08:00 AM
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THE NEW YORK DOLLS: A cartoon David Johansen (is that redundant?) romances a creationist in the video for "Dance Like A Monkey" from the Dolls' new LP. As it's twofer Tuesday, I cannot resist a vintage Dolls performance of the similarly simian-themed "Stranded In The Jungle" o­n Don Kirshner's... Rock Concert. And because I can, I'll throw in "Personality Crisis" and a twofer of "Looking For A Kiss" and "Jet Boy" for good measure.

NEW RELEASES: Tom Petty, Tapes 'N Tapes, New York Dolls, Midlake, The Long Winters, and The Knife are among the albums streaming in full from AOL this week. Silversun Pickups (frontman Brian Aubert was recently interviewed at Seattlest) release Carnavas. Paul Weller has a US release of his all-electric solo live album. The Sleepy Jackson, recently the subject of a glowing round-up at Chromewaves, unleashes the lush Personality. The Pipettes release their album in the UK (and do some PR in London's Sun), but no word o­n a US date yet, so you'll have to consult the Hype Machine for streaming goodness.

THE 32 WORST LYRICS OF ALL TIME are counted down by The (Boston) Phoenix for your inevitable disagreement.

THE 111 WUSSIEST SONGS OF ALL TIME, according to AOL, are conveniently posted at Stereogum for your inevitable disagreement.

INSIDE THE ROCKERS STUDIO: Speaking of Stereogum, Scott grills the female half of Mates of State. He also has MP3 and video links, but there's plenty more at the Hype Machine.

SEEN YOUR VIDEO: You'll not see nothing like "The Mighty Quinn." Manfred Mann's version of the Dylan tune is my cup of meat.

MUSIC BLOGS: Author-blogger Simon Reynolds thinks they are not living up to their potential, though I think his reasons raise questions about the standard he sets. Good Hodgkins takes a different approach to the queston of whether music blogs are important that may be a better approach, though the distinction between "thinkers" and "linkers" has a longer history than GH's Ryan suspects.

INDIE BLOCKEDAPPELLA, as you might guess, offers a cappella versions of indie songs, but there's also an amusing cover of Bon Jovi's "Livin' o­n A Prayer."

THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME is looking for relative youth o­n its nominating committee, according to chairman Jon Landau (a/k/a Springsteen's manager).

ROXY MUSIC may have something left in the tank, according to London's Independent.

MISS UNIVERSE topples over mere seconds into her reign, which raises that ol' philosophical question about the beauty queen falling over in the forest and no o­ne seeing it.

COLIN FARRELL has obtained a restraining order against the woman who accosted him during a Tonight Show taping, while she held a presser to tell her version of the story.

MADONNA left a beach wrapped up like Mother Theresa after discovering her beachwear was translucent when wet.

TARA REID: Speaking of beachwear malfunctions, it seems that the Tinseltown party girl still has problems keeping the implants under cover.

GILLIAN ANDERSON: The former Agent Scully is pregnant just three months after splitting from her husband. London's Daily Mail has identified a likely father, but I'm sure the Weekly World News will be all over the alien baby angle.

BRADGELINA: City Rag offers photos to suggest that "sometime in the last 10 years, Angelina Jolie has had plastic surgery, including a nose job and cheek implants."

MATTHEW McCONAUGHEY, People magazine's Sexiest Man Alive was snapped doing yoga o­n the beach, and later was snapped snapping at a photog before another yoga session. Just a little something for the ladies who suffer through all of the Jessica Alba items here.

TINA FEY is leaving as a writer-performer o­n Saturday Night Live to be a writer-performer o­n 30 Rock, which is about writing a television show. But the fictional show is not like SNL, as Aaron Sorkin is doing the show about writing a fictionalized version of SNL.

AARON SORKIN: Speaking of whom, the creator of Studio 60 o­n the Sunset Strip stuck his foot in it during PR for the show, saying of reality TV: "When things that are very mean-spirited and voyeuristic go o­n TV, I think it's (like) bad crack in the schoolyard." This caused the journos to bust a gut, given Sorkin's past track record with cocaine, but I would ask whether there's such a thing as "good" crack in the schoolyard.

MELANIE MARTINEZ was fired as the hostess of a show o­n the PBS Kids Sprout network for appearing in "inappropriate" videos. The videos appeared o­n TechnicalVirgin.com, which crashed due to the sudden interest. But you can see one of the videos o­n YouTube. Technically SFW, but probably "inappropriate."

DID JODIE FOSTER DATE KIM BASINGER? Could there be any more authoritative source than a purported fax offering hearsay from cult director John Waters?

JESSICA ALBA: Some French site has posted 180 high-quality photos of the Alba from the set of Awake. No swimwear involved, but the lady wears clothes well.

IRAQ: Fresh US troops are to be brought into Baghdad as a six-week-old security clampdown in the capital has failed to quell a surge in sectarian violence. The leader of Iraq's most powerful political party said Monday that Iraqi neighborhoods should form their own defense committees; others fear that such committees would amount to nothing more than de facto militias in a country where militia attacks have caused much of the bloodshed.

MIDEAST CONFLICT: While Iran denies any involvement in the current fighting, Israeli, Egyptian and Lebanese sources say the bodies of Iranian Revolutionary Guard soldiers killed in Lebanon have been transported to Syria and flown to Tehran. The UN's humanitarian chief accused Hezbollah of "cowardly blending" in among Lebanese civilians and causing the deaths of hundreds. Mideast diplomats were pressing Syria to stop backing Hezbollah. Coincidentally, Syria is reportedly prepared to tell the US the whereabouts of al-Qaeda cells in Lebanon.

MIDEAST CONFLICT and THE MEDIA: Looking at this transcript and this blog post, it appears that Hezbollah is controlling the coverage of CNN and others in Beirut. The actual stories by Nic Robertson and others almost never mention this. CNN did the same thing with Saddam, so this doesn't shock me. Similarly, when Washington Post reporter Robin Wright gushes over Hezbollah terrormaster Hasan Nasrallah and describes the current conflict as "the most dramatic cross-border acts of war by Israel since its invasion of Lebanon in 1982" (without mentioning that Hezbollah fired rockets o­n Israel and kidnapped Israeli soldiers), I am quickly reminded that Wright has gotten favorable treatment from Iran for going easy o­n the mullahs, so it's just a courtesy she's extending to Iran's client.

JENNY THE COW went to her owner in a variation o­n the classic method of resolving animal custody disputes.

A BLUE MARLIN speared a fisherman in the chest and knocked him into the Atlantic Ocean, but he'll live.

IS IT A MOLT OR A HOOSE? A rare mating of a wild moose and a mare likely resulted in the birth of a funny-looking colt with a big head and long legs.

ANOTHER TWO-FACED CAT is revealed in Millbury, Mass. Surprisingly, it has lived to age six so far. Pic at the link.

SUCKING SEA-SPIDERS living at the bottom of the ocean defy scientific classification. RELATED: There is water at the bottom of the ocean.

TEEN FENDS OFF GATOR dragging him to the lake with a tip from the Discovery Channel.

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Monday, July 24, 2006 - 08:00 AM
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SMOOSH: The tween sisters continue their world tour with a profile o­n CBS's Early Show and a performance of "Find A Way" o­n The Jimmy Kimmel Show. They have even turned up in Teen People.

U2 is building the biggest skyscraper in Dublin.

PITCHFORK PREVIEW: Day 2 was posted at Rewritable Content, with streaming tracks from Os Mutantes, Spoon, Yo La Tengo and more. There's also a profile of Os Mutantes in the Chicago Sun-Times.

TOP OF THE POPS: As the legendary show ends a 40-year run o­n the BBC, Bobby Elliot of The Hollies remembers perfoming o­n the very first episode.

THE BICYCLES are YANP's new favorite thing. They manage to be lo-fi, raw and light at the same time, as evidence o­n "B-B-Bicycles" and a cover of "Cuddly Toy."

FIFTEEN ARTISTS TO HEAR THIS SUMMER, courtesy of Glide. Regular visitors here will recognize most of the names.

THE DECEMBERISTS released upcoming album and tour details. Apparently, there is a duet with the talented Laura Veirs. If advance copies of The Crane Wife are hitting the media, I would not be surprised if some tracks leak to the Internet soon. Meanwhile, the band has posted the demo for "The Tain" for download at MySpace. Also, multi-instrumentalist Chris Funk answers the same ten questions asked of all interviewees by Erasing Clouds.

JOLIE HOLLAND talks to the Lexington Herald-Leader about how people connect to music: "You can tell the truth. But if other people haven't experienced that truth, they won't even hear you. You could say the most personal things in the world, and it wouldn't matter. So I feel safe, anonymous even, telling these ridiculous stories." There are two free downloads from her pre-rock influenced Springtime Can Kill You at the link.

GOLDEN SMOG'S plan to record in Spain had a few kinks, but the album worked out nicely. And the wonderful "Corvette" was rejected for use in an ad for the car! Also, a couple of members turned up to play a few for Minnesota Public Radio.

FLAMING LIPS frontman Wayne Coyne talked to the L.A. Daily News while working o­n his UFO.

THE HARVEY GIRLS have posted eight covers under the title Our History is Your Kitsch for free download, which makes it a nice day for "White Wedding." Ooh, my inner monologue dropped in pitch as I wrote that.

PETE DOHERTY UPDATE: The troubled singer enters rehab again today. Maybe the fifth time's the charm.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest won a third straight weekend -- a rare achievent these days -- and became the fastest movie to break the 300 million mark. Monster House grossed 23 million and gained momentum over the weekend, suggesting it might have legs. It was good to very good, though not great. It will be entertaining enough for parents also, though it's not loaded with stuff for them in the way that a Shrek or The Incredibles is. Lady In The Water came in third with 18 million. You, Me and Dupree came in fourth, but the distant fifth of Little Man means the latter may not make back its budget domestically. Kevin Smith's Clerks II made nine million, and may not make much more than that. Which would be very bad news, except that it had a mere five million budget. Clerks II was not as good as the original, but not bad enough to put a stink o­n the original either. Oddly enough, the best parts were probably Rosario Dawson and the un-Smithy musical number.  My Super Ex-Girlfriend -- the weekend's remaining new release -- groseed 8.7 million and probably cost musch more than five million to make. Also, The Devil Wears Prada is going to quietly break the 100 million mark this week.

ROSARIO DAWSON, btw, was a natural fit for Smith (and her prior role in Frank Miller's Sin City, because her uncle was a comic book artist who instilled in her a respect for the form. She's now taking the next step to wowing Comic-Con with a comic she's producing. So she'll have her pick of nerds if some woman makes off with boyfriend Jason Lewis, best known for playing Kim Catrall's bf o­n Sex And The City.

STEELY DAN thinks Luke and Owen Wilson stole You, Me and Dupree from o­ne of the band's songs. I'm not sure that's something I would publicize.

CHRISTIE BRINKLEY BREAK-UPDATE: The family of 19-year-old "other woman" Diana Bianchi is already being targeted by "book, TV and movie offers." I have to think that this is a story that will be "ripped from today's headlines and worked into an episode of Law & Order. The National Enquirer has dug up a cocaine bust deep in the past of Brinkley's straying hubby, Peter Cook. Also, Cook's first teen girlfriend shared love letters, amid reports that private eyes hired by Brinkley had found evidence of more two-timing.

COLIN FARRELL was accosted by a woman from the audience during a taping of The Tonight Show. Access Hollywood identified the woman as Dessarae Bradford and said she had unsuccessfully alleged in a small-claims lawsuit that Farrell had stalked her.

TOM-KAT UPDATE: Paramount reportedly warned the makers of the Queer Duck animated DVD that they could not mock Cruise. NTTAWWT.

BRADGELINA: Apparently, Jolie doesn't want Pitt talking o­n the phone to Aniston. Which goes to show that anyone can be insecure.

THE McCARTNEYS: Sir Paul has been told he must tear down the house where his estranged wife Heather Mills is living. So the poor woman had to buy a £550,000 home to share with baby Beatrice 15-minutes away.

GEORGE MICHAEL was discovered having an illicit encounter with a stranger in a London park by the News Of The World. Some people never learn.

MADONNA denies that she and hubby Guy Richie are adopting, saying she's planning to adopt an African village. Nice -- all of the PR, none of the diaper-changing.

LIZ HURLEY is reportedly getting hitched to Arun Nayar in September.

DAVID HASSELHOFF says he is heading to Australia to appear in a stage production based o­n his life: "It sounds like a bad joke, but it is really going to be a good show…totally campy. It’s written by the same people who wrote Bette Midler’s show and produced by the people who produced Chicago in London..."

JESSICA SIMPSON: The pneumatic blonde's 15 minutes may be running out, if her mug stops moving magazines. She reportedly skipped her sister's Victoria's Secret party gig to avoid any chance of running into her ex's new gf, Vanessa Minnillo. And we have a little more video of Jessica with the ice cream cone.

IRAQ: The Belmont Club has a round-up of stories covering the Battle for Baghdad. At ITM Omar opposes the idea of partitioning the city and notes that the radical Association of Muslim Scholars is being renounced by their former allies in the Islamic Party. British forces in Basra seized two "significant" suspects wanted for killings, kidnappings and guerrilla attacks, including the commander of the Mehdi Army Shi'ite militia in Basra province.

MIDEAST CONFLICT: DefenseTech looks at Israeli and Hezbollah strategies for a possible ground war. At the Counterterrorism Blog, Bill Roggio looks at two worst-case scenarios Israel may face. OTOH, Hamas shows signs of internal disarray as the local leadership in Gaza seems ready to cut a deal to cease-fire and release abducted IDF soldier Gilad Shalit. Bot Time magazine and The New York Times report that Iranians are unhappy with their government's support for Hezbollah.

IRAN: In other news, it seems that Border guards seized a British lorry trying to deliver radioactive material that could be used to build a dirty bomb to the Iranian military. A foreign ministry spokesman suggested Sunday that uranium enrichment might be negotiable, though it's unclear whether that's an official position.

THESE MONKEYS are supposedly trained, but I'm thinking not so much.

SOME PIG sells at auction for 51K. The buyer is trying to renegotiate, natch.

A BABY ANTEATER rides piggy-back at the Denver Zoo. Pic at the link.

SNAKES, TORTOISES, SPIDERS and a POSSUM: Motel 6 will not leave the light o­n for them.

CRUSTY THE GATOR, who gained celeb status in an undercover sting operation earlier this month aimed at catching alligator feeders in Florida, will escape euthanasia, thanks to an anonymous donor who is paying to relocate him to an animal exhibit in the Seminole Reservation.

CHICKEN-SH*T BINGO: It sounds like some Iowans at RAGBRAI think they invented it, but at least three Pate members could tell you that Ginny's in Austin, TX has been doing it for years. BTW, there's video at the first link.

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