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Monday, March 07, 2005 - 08:00 AM
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BOB DYLAN AND JOHNNY CASH: The infamous Trademark of Quality (TMQ) bootlegs of the duo's 1969 Nashville sessions have surfaced at Between thought And Expression. IIRC, they're quite good.

AND THE BEAT GOES o­n: Sonny's heirs and Cher are suing Warner/Chappell Music Inc. for breach of contract o­n claims that it failed to pay royalties estimated at more than 250,000 bucks.

DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS: Patterson Hood answers the eternal question, Lynyrd Skynyrd or the Allman Brothers Band? It's like a Southern echo of Diner.

ARE YOU A YANKEE OR A REBEL? Take a language test to find out. There are more than a few midwesternisms in there, too.


CATS AND DOGS: A cat named Cuddle Bug rode for ten miles o­n the roof of its owner's car without giving up o­ne of its lives.

MORE IMPROPER TEACHER-STUDENT RELATIONS, this time with a twist: music teacher Carol Boynton is accused of being involved with an 11-year-old former student and the boy’s father at the same time.

BILL CLINTON has been making bizzare remarks about Iran lately. At a meeting near the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, a few weeks ago, he said: "Iran today is, in a sense, the o­nly country where progressive ideas enjoy a vast constituency. It is there that the ideas that I subscribe to are defended by a majority." A transcript and MP3 audio are available online. He also told Charlie Rose that Iran is the o­nly country "where the liberals, or the progressives, have won two-thirds to 70 percent of the vote in six elections." Maybe former President Clinton was too busy to notive that even the European Union criticized the 2004 elections in Iran, stating that they had not been held according to international standards after the Mullahs disqualified around 2,500 reformist candidates. But he should know that in 1997, only 4 out of 238 reform candidates were approved by the Mullahs. Some of the candidates who won those elections were marginally better than the Mullahs themselves but this is a case where it very much depends o­n what the definition of "liberal" and "progressive" is.

IRAN VOWS TO MAKE NUCLEAR FUEL if the issue is sent to the U.N. Security Council.

"FROZEN DEAD GUY" FESTIVAL in Boulder, Colorado, March 11-13. I guess it's the Rockies' answer to Burning Man.

JAPANESE CARS dominate the latest annual "Best Cars" issue of Consumer Reports magazine, which hits newsstands next week.

HUNTER S. THOMPSON: The circumstances of his suicide is attracting conspiracy theories.

MUSIC BLOGS: The Village Voice profiles Fluxblog and links to a couple of others. Claude Pate fans cannot help but enjoy a blog named One Louder. And Pitchfork (to which I often link here) should be amused by the reviews of its reviews o­n a blog named Tuning Fork.

BEN LEE (who Ken King and I enjoyed when he opened for some band we saw last year) has started his own blog. Plenty of his photos there.

PHIL SPECTOR: the Wall of Sound producer facing a murder rap may be married by the time you read this.

MARK KNOPFLER is all about "the now" after a near-fatal accident left him with a broken collarbone and six broken ribs.

CULT OF THE iPod: I have been assimilated. I am now a pod person. You probably knew that already. But now I have an iPod also.

PODCASTING: Downloadable content continues to diversify, from special commentaries for the new version of Battlestar Galactica to cyber-sermons for Christians, Buddhists and Pagans, to reformist podcasting from Iran.

DAMN YOU ALL TO HELL! A couple is nearly killed by a chimpanzee attack at an animal sanctuary.

US. TROOPS FIRE ON FREED JOURNO: An Italian journalist shot by U.S. forces in Iraq shortly after being freed from her captors disputes a U.S. account of the incident in which she was wounded and a security agent protecting her was killed. The shooting warrants investigation. However, the CNN story is a bit vague o­n some details reported elsewhere. For example, the CNN story says Giuliana Sgrena described a "rain of fire and bullets" in the incident. The Observer, in contrast, reports that Sgrena claimed the troops fired between 300 and 400 bullets at if from an armoured vehicle. The BBC has her claiming she was fired on by tanks, destroying the car -- a version that would do away with questions of producing a bullet-riddled car as evidence. Plus, in the BBC interview, Sgrena rightly admits that she cannot say whether the shooting was deliberate. The CNN story refers to Sgrena's newspaper as the "left-leaning Il Manifesto." In contrast, the Associated Press refers to the paper as communist. Moreover, the AP story quotes Sgrena's father as saying she "hates the war," so her opinion that her driver was not going too fast for the situation might be biased. Italy seems to be assuming that there are guilty soldiers to be punished; imho, having an investigation and, if warranted, a trial first would be better.

PETE DOHERTY UPDATE: The troubled singer is now painting with his own blood for the cover of a free literary magazine.

EX-KORN AXE MAN, who left the band for religious reasons, was baptized Saturday in the Jordan River. Seems serious to me.

IRAQI DEMOCRACY UPDATE: Those who thought that a strong showing by the Shi'a in the election might foster a theocracy should note that the Shiite coalition is showing some cracks. ALSO: Iraqis are beginning to publicly protest the so-called "insurgents," suggesting that there is less fear of them since the election.

IRAQI EXPLOSIVE DEVICE fails due to a cellphone glich. A cool picture at the link also.


JACKO JUSTICE: Jay Leno fell under the court's gag order when he was put o­n Jacko's witness list, so Brad Garrett will step in to tell them o­n The Tonight Show.

WASHINGTON STATE GOVERNOR'S RACE UPDATE: The recount challenge drags o­n, with Democrats poking holes in the GOP's list of allegedly illegal voters. But that list still seems kinda long, so it's not over yet.

TERROR IN THE NETHERLANDS: The Dutch government approved a new terrorism bill Friday that grants law-enforcement authorities far-reaching powers of investigation and allowing them to hold suspects for up to two weeks without charges. The proposal was spurred by the Nov. 2 killing of Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh, whose throat was slit allegedly by a young Muslim radical who associated with a suspected terrorist cell (as has been noted here before).

DEMOCRATIC DIAGNOSIS: Matthew Yglesias, blogging for The American Prospect, questions the DNC's creation of a Vice-Chair for Veteran and Military Family Outreach and looks at the latest Democracy Corps poll (which is run by Clinton alums Stanley Greenburg and James Carville). The New York Times holds a roundtable o­n liberalism with Peter Beinart, the editor of The New Republic; Michael Tomasky, the executive editor of The American Prospect; and Katrina vanden Heuvel, the editor of The Nation.

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Thursday, March 03, 2005 - 06:00 PM
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Not the Proclaimers, not even half

FRIDAY TIME-WASTER: 238 Miles follows the journey of o­ne man listening to o­ne song -- ABBA's "Dancing Queen" -- all the way from Chicago to Iowa City. In Quicktime.

FRIDAY TIME-WASTER II: It's a non-English site, but you will intuitively understand how to play the game from experience.

WILCO'S JEFF TWEEDY and Stanford Law Professor-cyberguru Larry Lessig will discuss "Who Owns Culture?" The duo will "explore the artistic, commercial and legal issues that surround the Internet-enabled freeing of culture" April 7th at the New York Public Library. Sounds very Royal Tenenbaums, doesn't it?

WEEZER shot their forthcoming video for "Beverly Hills" at the Playboy Mansion. The band's web site claims that "[t]he idea of juxtaposing real Weezer fans with such an unlikely fantasy environment came from "Beverly Hills" basically being about the sense of alienation that many people get when they don't feel like they belong." Hanging out with Playmates had nothing to do with it.

EX-PISTOL GLEN MATLOCK does not want his kids exposed to profanities o­n television.

CATS AND DOGS can now get prescription eyewear.

MOVEON is profiled in a Rolling Stone article titled "The o­nline Insurgency." "Insurgents" is not really the label I would want stuck to me at this moment in history, but maybe the MoveOn folk will see it differently.

NANOTECH: The Center for Responsible Technology argues that nanobots are not needed for manufacturing, but continued misunderstanding may hinder research into highly beneficial technologies and discussion of the real dangers. Meanwhile, scientists have attached nanoparticles to DNA and then cut these "DNA wires" into pieces, offering the promise of creating low-cost, self-assembling devices for future computers.

GEENA DAVIS FOR PRESIDENT: On television, maybe. Better looking than Martin Sheen, definitely.

THE HEIMLICH MANEUVER turns into a drug bust.

THE BEST PART OF BREAKING UP is when you're publicizing it. Denise Richards and Charlie Sheen? Done. Katie Holmes and Chris Klein? Done. J-Lo? Not done attacking Ben Affleck.

EDUCATION BLOGGING: The fourth Carnival of Education is o­nline.

SYRIA UNDER PRESSURE to leave Lebanon from Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Russia.

BUILD YOUR OWN STALKER'S SHRINE with a little help from the Google Image Montage Maker!

AS BASEBALL AND BASKETBALL OVERLAP right now, The New York Times looks at the influence of "Moneyball" o­n the NBA.

CULT OF THE iPod: accessTunes is shareware that allows people to make their iTunes library accessible over the web. Seems like a security hole to me! Drexel University will hand out free iPod Photo players to between 30 and 50 students entering its School of Education this September. Perhaps they can dress their devices to look like Chewbacca. Finally, fishbowl LA speculates that God probably has an iPod.

THE FEDERAL ELECTION COMMISSION AND BLOGS may collide in the near future. I think this story is a little overblown, though it's an example of the danger posed when the government gets to define who the "media" is for an exemption from the regulation of political speech.

DEMOCRATIC DIAGNOSIS: Matt Yglesias, blogging at The American Prospect argues that Bush's weaknesses in polls should cause Democrats to take a look in the mirror.

KUDOS TO WARNER BROS. from Slate over the excellent job the studio is doing in restoring and remastering their classics for DVD.

PORTIA de ROSSI, whose very mention drives traffic to our site, is interviewed by PAPER magazine: "I was an alt-rock kid. My roots are in the Pixies, PJ Harvey, Dinosaur Jr., Sonic Youth. The o­nly time I've been starstruck is when I met Kim Gordon last year. I could barely speak. She was kind of a hero to me growing up -- a talented, ballsy chick."

JOHNNY DEPP: Golden Fiddle has figured out the quirky actor's Oscars garb. PLUS: GF is also offering a download of John Logan's "New Used Car and a Plate of Bar-B-Que," which is charming, for those of you who haven't heard it.

LINDSAY LOHAN lashes out at her creepy dad in a forthcoming interview with W magazine. But she doesn't rule out doing a reality show with him.

CNN: Its ratings are tanking.

JACKO JUSTICE: It was o­nly a matter of time before we heard allegations of monkey business with Bubbles the Chimp.

BLOCKING JUDICIAL NOMINATIONS: It's a hot-button issue, so I'll limit my comments to a piece of practical advice for the Democrats. If you want to preserve the filibuster for President Bush's judicial nominees, do not make Sen. Robert Byrd your point man. People are bound to point out that Byrd set the Senate record for filibuster, speaking for 14 straight hours against the Civil Rights Act of 1964. That's not a good ad for filibusters. Plus, he's already attracted the criticism of the Anti-Defamation League by comparing the Republicans to Nazis o­n this issue, resulting in o­ne of those too-typical political non-apologies. There are other Democratic Senators who could better work this issue than Byrd; indeed, there are over 40 of them.

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Thursday, March 03, 2005 - 08:00 AM
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GOD SAVE THE QUEEN: Elizabeth II (a/k/a "The Deuce") will be handing out a medal to musicians. It seems likely to be given to classical musicians, as the Queen is a pretty nice girl, but doesn't have much to say about even classic rock. After meeting (ironically) Queen guitarist Brian May, the Queen asked Jimmy Page, "Are you a guitarist too?" You will not want to miss her exchange with Eric Clapton, either.

ON THE PITCHFORK: Good buzz about the forthcoming disc from Thunderbirds Are Now.

THE BEATLES' REVOLVER has been mashed-up with everything from Portishead to Glenn Miller. It won't be long (yeah) until this site suffers the fate of Beatallica.

WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS... Mayor Oscar Goodman endorsed gin to fourth graders, saying that if he was marooned on a desert island the one thing he would want to have with him is a bottle of gin. "I'm the George Washington of mayors. I can't tell a lie. If they didn't want the answer the kid shouldn't have asked the question," Goodman said.

JADA PINKETT SMITH: Too hetero for Harvard? Aapparently, JPS gave a speech after being honored as the Harvard Foundation for Intercultural and Race Relation’s “Artist of the Year,” at a "Cultural Rhythms" festival in which she made remarks that offended the Bisexual, Gay, Lesbian, Transgender, and Supporters Alliance, according to the Harvard Crimson. Interestingly, the Crimson story does not reveal which comments were deemed insensitive. An earlier Crimson article, however, quoted her as follows:
"Women, you can have it all—a loving man, devoted husband, loving children, a fabulous career," she said. "They say you gotta choose. Nah, nah, nah. We are a new generation of women. We got to set a new standard of rules around here. You can do whatever it is you want. All you have to do is want it."

STAR JONES REYNOLDS is worried that the public won't be able to tell the difference between her and drag queen Flotilla DeBarge.

JACKO JUSTICE: British journalist Martin Bashir could be held in contempt of court after refusing to say how many hours of videotape were recorded in the making of his controversial documentary about Michael Jackson.

BLOGGERS WRITE THE DARNEDEST THINGS about Lindsay Lohan and a drummer and some shelving. But when I look at the face of the blogger, I have my doubts.

NEWSWEEK photoshopped its Martha Stewart cover. You would think that News week would have learned from the flap after Time darkened O.J. Simpson.

CULT OF THE iPod: People have purchased and downloaded over 300 million songs from the iTunes Music Store. ALSO: a teeneager reverse-engineered the iPod by listening to its clicks.

PODCASTING: Our own Sylvia Hauser notes that KCRW provides an easy-to-read primer o­n podcasting, complete with RSS links to podcasts of its own eclectic programming.

THE SLASHDOT EFFECT, referring to traffic spikes at sites mentioned by the popular tech news site, has dropped off, even though Slashdot itself may be more popular than ever.

SIRIUS TROUBLE? Investigators examining insider-trading allegations in the blockbuster deal between Howard Stern and Sirius Radio are checking out claims that Stern's limo driver profited from the deal, according to the New York Post.

GANG OF FOUR COMING to the U.S., including Chicago, DC, Minneapolis and Seattle.

WORSE THAN "WE BUILT THIS CITY:" What could be worse than the song that topped Blender magazine's "The 50 Worst Songs Ever?" The Stranger for February 24th (you have to scroll down) provides the answer: "We Built This Starbucks." And yes, there's a MP3 download available.

WHY DO SO MANY HAVE RELIGIOUS FAITH? Some scientists think it's evolution.

"THE WHORE LIVED LIKE A GERMAN:" Der Spiegel looks at a rash of muders in Berlin that appear to be Islamic "honor killings."

NANOTUBES could provide more efficient solar power for soldiers and others.

HUNTER S. THOMPSON TRIBUTE: fishbowl NY's prediction of a special Rolling Stone issue makes the fishbowl seem like a barrel.

WAS ABE LINCOLN GAY? Paul Rudnick lays out evidence in The New Yorker. And if you know who Paul Rudnick is, you know how serious it is.

SYNAESTHESIA: A 27 year old Swiss musician "tastes" combinations of notes as distinct flavors, according to a report in the science journal Nature. Let's hope she's never heard Ashlee Simpson.

TERROR CAMP IN ARIZONA? A British computer specialist tried to set up a terrorist training camp in Arizona, where he met with Islamic radicals who claimed ties to Osama bin Laden, according to a British lawyer representing the U.S. government. Babar Ahmad is facing extradition from the U.K. to face charges in Connecticut that he ran terrorist fund-raising Web sites.

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Wednesday, March 02, 2005 - 08:00 AM
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BONO'S FUNERAL: "I would like lots of weeping and wailing," he says. I know people like that. I'm not real big o­n it, but have been known to agree to do it.

LOU BARLOW is interviewed by Gothamist. My favorite question might be the last o­ne:
"And finally...If Josh Schwartz, creator of the OC, asked you to perform o­n his tv show (as Modest Mouse, the Killers and the Walkmen recently have) would you?
i would do nearly anything for money at this point..we didn't have health insurance. i have no shame."

LUNA CORRECTION: The band did not play its last show in Chicago, o­nly its its last show in Chicago. It turns out that a group blog, Luna's Last Waltz, covererd their last show, o­n Feb. 28th in NYC. Plenty of photos and memories there.

RINGTONES: Sasha Frere-Jones looks into the multi-billion dollar business and what it tells us about songs.

SOMETIMES, IT'S ALL ABOUT THE "O:" Slate reviews the ad for Overstock.com as an excuse to find out more about model Sabine Ehrenfeld.

PORN STAR RON JEREMY will address the prestigious Oxford Union debating society. "Ron is the biggest and apparently the best in the business, so I'm sure he'll have some fascinating stories to tell," said Oxford Union librarian Vladimir Bermant.

THE EAR WAX VACUUM: Jeff Jarvis traces it back to Japan.

LEGAL MUSIC DOWNLOADS: A price increase in the works? Coolfer says, "Nah."

CLOAKING DEVICES are on the drawing board at the Univeristy of Pennsylvania. Apparently, it's more Star Trek than Harry Potter.

THE PUTIN YOUTH: Seems like bad news in Russia.

LARRY SUMMERS UPDATE: This piece at Blogcritics is a joke... at least I hope so.

CULT OF THE iPod: Here's someone using an iPod to help cure their insomnia.

GWYNETH PALTROW is denying rumors that her marriage to Coldplay's Chris Martin is in trouble.

HACK YOUR CREDIT CARD with Stripe Snoop!

NANOTECH NEWS: The UK government has responded to o­ne major report into nanotechnologies by... ordering another review. Scroll to the bottom of the story for a look at the real world uses of nanotech (remember o­ne of Jon Pratt's areas of expertise is thin film coatings).

BRAD BIRD dishes about The Incredibles DVD coming out o­n March 15th, as well as chances for a sequel.

LORD OF THE RINGS Director Peter Jackson is suing New Line for an accounting of profits. When you go to file such a suit, do you regret naming your company Wingnut Films?

RICHARD LAWRENCE COHEN exposes his secret vice of reading conservative blogs.

DAN RATHER will not respond to the criticisms of Mike wallace and Walter Cronkite in his broadcast signoff. Plus, two of the CBS Newspeople asked to resign after the 60 Minutes Wednesday Bush memo scandal have finally resigned.

POST-OSCARS PARTIES: The Vanity Fair post-Oscar party at Mortons featured Ron Howard and George Lucas offered consoling words to Martin Scorsese, who lost out o­n Best Director to Clint Eastwood. For his part, Clint was going to Dani Janssen's Century City apartment to eat fresh-baked "monkey bread" with Jack Nicholson.


VICE PAYS: the underground skateboard culture mag has become a 40 million dollar empire.

STUDENT BLOGGERS are being encouraged by colleges for marketing purposes.

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Tuesday, March 01, 2005 - 08:00 AM
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ROBERT POLLARD has demos posted for free download.

NORAH JONES AND JOHN PAUL JONES JOIN THE FOO FIGHTERS, as guests o­n the band's forthcoming double-disc.

KINGS OF LEON is profiled in the Chicago Sun-Times.

ORIGINAL DINOSAUR JR. REUNION: J. Mascis and Lou Barlow will strap o­n the tools of ignorance together for the first time in 15 years. The hitch: they're doing it in Japan, which is almost Spinal Tap, ain't it?

ALSO ON THE PITCHFORK: The making of a compilation disc can be a very tricky thing...

LATE OSCARS TIDBIT: Oscar presenter Tim Robbins makes a gesture toward host Chris Rock, after Rock's comments about his politics during the 77th Academy Awards.

BRAD AND JEN UPDATE: The allegedly estranged couple made the post-Oscars rounds together.

OSCARS RATINGS DOWN: Although the early Nielsens had the Academy Awards scoring their best ratings since 2000, the final numbers showed a loss of 2 two million viewers from last year. The gap between the early and final numbers is the gap between the big cities and more rural areas. I guess Hollywood's self-congratulation is not as big a draw in the "red states."

THE INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARDS were held the Saturday before the Oscars, but I held them for now to give them their own space. As you might expect (and may have heard), it was a big night for Sideways, which swept all six of the categories where the movie or its stars were nominated. The Oscar-snubbed Paul Giamatti took home an award! Zach Braff accepted an award for Garden State as the best movie by a first-time director. And Metallica: Some Kind Of Monster was awarded best documentary.

THE PRO-SYRIAN LEBANESE GOVERNMENT abruptly resigned Monday during a stormy parliamentary debate, prompting a tremendous roar from tens of thousands of anti-government protesters in central Beirut. The Bush Administration is demanding that Syria comply with UN resolution 1559, which calls for the withdrawal of its troops from Lebanon, and wants to see free and fair elections take place this spring.

AND THE COWS STARE UNAMAZED: The London Sunday Times reports that "cows have a secret mental life in which they bear grudges, nurture friendships and become excited over intellectual challenges, scientists have found. Cows are also capable of feeling strong emotions such as pain, fear and even anxiety — they worry about the future. But if farmers provide the right conditions, they can also feel great happiness." Presumably, that bit about "great happiness" does not refer to stories like this o­ne from Neillsville, Wisconsin.

DAVID BYRNE is having his new book, New Sins, placed in hotel and motel bedside drawers next to Gideon's Bible.

PHOTO GALLERIES OF CLASSIC L.A. PUNKS: You can start at the photoblog of Theresa Kereakes, then follow the links in the sidebar.

BONO FOR PRESIDENT OF THE WORLD BANK: That's the opinion of the editors of The Los Angeles Times.

FILESHARING is starting to bother the television industry.

BLOGGERS FRIGHTEN Jon Friedman at CBS MarketWatch. He should chill out. The overwhelming number of blogs are probably crap, much like the overwhelming majority of most everything. Some will build a reputation over time, the way newspapers did in centuries past. o­nly it won't take as long, as hyperlinking to source materials and competition from other blogs will allow people to judge the credibility and fairness of a blog much quicker than they could a newspaper.

VANISHING AMERICANA: Terry Teachout calls for an update of the book about items becoming obsolete in America to include things like "black discs and cassettes." Jeff Jarvis picks up o­n the idea, adding more items to the list.

CULT OF THE iPod: Duke University's student paper reviews Duke's year-long experiment of providing 20-gigabyte Apple iPods to all freshmen. The Boston Globe gets around to doing the now-obligatory podcasting article.

ARE THE NATIONAL DEBT AND DEFICIT OVERSTRETCHING AMERICA? A new article in Foreign Affairs (which is published by the Council o­n Foreign Relations, for all you John Birchers out there) argues the answer is, "No."

DOLLS FOR THE LONELY ELDERLY is a trend in Japan that I hope never takes hold in the U.S.

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