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Super Furry Animals, Pet Politics, Dogs, Ducks, a Gator and a Llama   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, August 25, 2005 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: kbade


SUPER FURRY ANIMALS score an impressive 8.5 for Love Kraft o­n the Pitchfork.

THE NEW PORNOGRAPHERS' Twin Cinema is racking up raves most everywhere, looking at the round-up at Metacritic. The Onion's A.V. Club says, "it sounds like a blast of pure pop from somewhere beyond the stars."

DICKEY BETTS reportedly got fired from the Allman Brothers for partying too much. He hasn't stopped.

LAURA VEIRS tells Seattle Weekly that if she had to be something other than a musician, she would want to be be an Iditarod dog musher. Why not a lumberjack?

PETE TOWNSHEND can remember fans' names years after meeting them -- and he loves to surprise unsuspecting fans with warm greetings. Especially the younger o­nes. Okay, I made that last bit up... I think.

METAL MADNESS ensues when Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson and Sharon Osbourne start feuding.

PET POLITICS is the nom de rock of Magnus Larsson, who tells *Sixeyes that some of his favorite records are by Bonnie "Prince" Billy, the Velvet Underground, Sonic Youth, Silver Jews, and Magnetic Fields. His stuff bears out those influences, with the exception of Sonic Youth. The interview also links to legal downloads for you listening pleasure.

PETE DOHERTY UPDATE: The troubled singer is supposedly back with galpal Kate Moss, so why is Moss moving to L.A., where she fled two months ago when she and Doherty briefly broke up.

IST is a British pop (but not Britpop) band that came to my attention via You Ain't No Picasso. I tend to agree with Matt of YANP that there are some songwriting skills o­n display. You can stream four tracks from their new album from the band's MySpace page to hear for yourself.

BIG CHAMPAGNE: Pitchfork has a feature o­n the company that tracks o­nline downloading and filesharing. The feature ends up discussing the less obvious ways in which such activities affect the economics of the music industry.

KATRINA AND THE WAVES hit Florida this weekend (Thanks, Fark).

BRADGELINA UPDATE: Pitt and Jolie celebrated his divorce last weekend in Canada, where he is filming The Assassination Of Jesse James. Pitt, Jolie, her son and daughter took in a dinosaur exhibit at the Royal Tyrrell Museum.

TOM-KAT UPDATE: Defamer reports sightings of Cruise clones around the set of Mission Impossible 3. Scarlett Johansson may deny being approachedas a potential galpal by Cruise, but joins those against him o­n prescription drugs.

LOHAN LOWDOWN: The teen actress is spotted dining with Bruce Willis, which will reignite those old rumors.

IRAQ: At Iraq the Model, Omar reported o­n bloody clashes in Najaf between the supporters of Muqtada Al-Sadr and the local authorities. It appears that attacks o­n SCIRI (the largest Siite party) offices and the headquarters of SCIRI's Badr Brigade militia have sparked conflict between the two Shiite rival groups across central and southern Iraq. Prime Minster Ibrahim al-Jaafari, also a Shiite, appeared o­n Iraqiya television shortly before midnight to call for restraint. Though no o­ne wants to see this sort of violence, it is a reminder that the Shiite majority is not monolithic, which may bode well in the context of the new constitution.

IRAQ II: In The New York Times, David Brooks gets good reactions o­n the draft constitution from Peter Galbraith (Brooks forgets to mention Galbraith advised the Kurds) and AEI's Reuel Marc Gerecht, whose views often differ (try bugmenot steverino73, 12345). ALSO: Maj. Gen. Douglas Lute, director of operations at CENTCOM, talks more about a possible significant drawdown in 2006; we can all hope for that.

IRAQ III: Most Americans think that both the military and the news media could have done more to inform the public about Iraq and the stakes involved in going to war there, according to a new Gallup poll reported in the Chicago Tribune. The WaPo has its own take o­n that poll and o­ne of its sources, Associate Prof. Cori Dauber, blogs further o­n it. Ironically, U.S. funded Al Hurra television and Radio Sawa have gained viewers and listeners and are increasingly deemed credible by Arabs throughout the Middle East.

EVA LONGORIA has said that she would not romance her fellow stars, because she feels that in Hollywood, everybody has slept with everybody. Wasn't Tommy Lee spotted stumbling out of her hotel room at 3:30 a.m. the other day?

SIX FEET UNDER: In the event that anyone who hasn't seen the finale who wants to, I won't spoil anything. But if you saw the end and want to know even more, check TV Squad.

WHEN WILL CELEB WEEKLIES' BUBBLE BURST? Inquiring minds at Business 2.0 want to know.

HOLLYWOOD'S SUMMER SLUMP ha hardened into a stark reality: "overall movie attendance, a figure not affected by inflation, has slid to below where it stood in mid-August 2001. DVD sales, while still robust, are no longer rising exponentially, and some analysts say that a poor box office performance this summer will lead to poor DVD sales this winter. With billions of dollars at stake, nerves are growing understandably frayed."

JOAN BAEZ visited "Camp Victory" to interview Bush supporters in Crawford, TX. The Buzz blog at National Review o­nline reports: "To Ms. Baez’s credit, she was quite respectful and diplomatic when talking with the supporters, even though they have very different views o­n the war and President Bush." Marxist blogger Norm Geras invokes a peace anthem sung by Baez, with a twist. At MyDD (a nexus for the early supporters of Howard Dean's Presidential campaign), Chris Bowers is tired of Vietnam comparisons that he thinks are unhelpful to the antiwar cause.

EGYPTIAN BLOGGERS are leading antigovernment protests. The linked article also notes that Bahrain is another Middle Eastern country where bloggers have butted heads with the government in recent months, with calls for a new constitution, the separation of powers, and greater political liberties seemingly rattling the government.

SIN CITY: As I surmised from the lack of extras o­n the DVD, Robert Rodriguez is hard at work o­n a special edition, due this December, that sounds like it will have some really unique stuff. Also, it appears that the sequel will start shooting in January.

BILL MURRAY: I'm a fan, but you hear these stories about him threatening a production assisstant with a knife and cannot help being disappointed.

SOMETHING'S GOTTA GIVE: Keanu Reeves has dumped his girlfriend to start dating Diane Keaton.

SEAN PENN meets with Hassan Khomeini, the grandson of the late Ayatollah and wonders what yardstick defines Iran as a terrorist-supporting nation, yet dismisses such a claim against the United States. Aside from the U.S. using a uniformed military that does not target civilians, does not kidnap civilians and saw their heads off while praising God, and does not impose a Christian theocracy o­n "infidels," I wouldn't have an answer for him off the top of my head. Did Sean learn nothing from Mr. Hand?

OSAMA BIN LADEN reportedly injured in Afghanistan, fwiw. As the story is that he was wounded while taking part in an attack o­n a Spanish military base, I would guess it's not worth much; I don't see OBL as being a "hands o­n" manager at this point.

ASSASSINATION: Given the general uproar (myself included) over the Rev. Pat Robertson's comments, I note that all sorts of folks in the media -- from Thomas Friedman of The New York Times to Bill Kristol to George Stephanopolous -- advocated the assassination of Saddam Hussein. The case of Saddam may well be distinguishable from that of Hugo Chavez, but the general lack of uproar over those other comments (outside the pages of Mother Jones, natch) still makes for an interesting contrast. Perhaps MoJo's Eric Umansky had it right in noting that "The press, of course, has the distinct advantage that nobody really follows their policy suggestions anyway, so their advice doesn't have to be diplomatic, or even legal..."

CULT OF THE iPod: In The New Republic, Michael Crowley argues that the iPod is the rock snob's dream and nightmare. Ladies can now carry their Pod in Kate Spade's new line of cases.

EVIAN WATER-COOLED BIKINIS: Coverage of the latest in swimwear technology, as o­nly London's Sun can do it.

NEW YORK CITY is o­nly the 21st most liberal city in America, according to a new survey.

THE BLOB is threatening some of Canada's richest fishing grounds.

THE BLUE ANGELS: As Pate site member Craig O'Neill retains an interest in aircraft, I thought I would link to a slideshow and video of the flying team at Seafair 2005 in Washington state.

DOGS: Russian terrier Ringo Tsar is taking kickboxing training from a former world champion. Lhasa Apsos have a £300 birthday party, complete with a "bouncy castle." A Pomeranian mix alerted the neighbors when her foster owner collapsed.

DUCKS are pranking the royal family, perhaps resenting that the royals have stolen their look.

L.A. GATOR UPDATE: Two people were arrested Wednesday for allegedly turning an alligator loose in Lake Machado, where the crafty Carlito has continued to evade capture.

THE "LLAMA LOOPHOLE" allows a camelid to roam the streets of Casper, Wyoming.

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Body Parts, Body Snatching, a Bra Ban and... MORE COWBELL!   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, August 24, 2005 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: kbade


KEITH RICHARDS claims Mick Jagger is not well-endowed, which could explain the origin of the Mars bar legend.

ROCK'S MOST INCREDIBLE BODY PARTS are listed by Spin magazine. Presley's pelvis was robbed! So was Keith Richards' liver.

PERNICE BROTHERS: There's an interview with Joe Pernice and a legal MP3 for you at Pulse of the Twin Cities.

JOHN PEEL DAY: BBC Radio 1 is dedicating Octoober 13th to the legendary DJ, with concert venues around the UK being invited to stage gigs under the Peel Day banner.

BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE'S self-titled album has leaked o­nto the 'net, but Kevin Drew waxes a little poetic about it. The o­ne-time title track, "Windsurfing Nation" gets praise at the Pitchfork.

20 DYNAMIC SUPER-HIT EXPLOSIONS: the Boston Globe runs a piece o­n K-Tel Records. All original hits, all original artists.

WILCO has a fever... and the only cure is... more cowbell!

HOW TO IDENTIFY EMOS, indies and screamos (try bugmenot or mary@dealsinwheels.com, 123456).

BAY CITY ROLLER Les McKeown was due to appear in court o­n Tuesday, charged with conspiracy to supply cocaine.

SUFJAN STEVENS' ILLINOIS is reviewed by the Illinois Times.

PETE DOHERTY UPDATE: The troubled singer actually makes news related to music, as Babyshambles' new single enters the UK charts at number four.

COURTNEY LOVE: Journo Neil Strauss, author of the forthcoming book Game: Penetrating the Secret Society of Pick-Up Artists, got so good at pick-ups that he inadvertently picked up Courtney Love while interviewing her for a Rolling Stone piece. Deranged hilarity ensued.

JESSICA ALBA: Apparently, I'm too young for her.

JESSICA SIMPSON: Yesterday, Sylvia Hauser and I were mocking her a bit. Later, Golden Fiddle made me laugh 'til I cried.

EVA LONGORIA AND TOMMY LEE kept going after he licked her face o­n Late Night with Conan O'Brien. I can't believe I missed that and the Del McCoury Band.

SEAN PENN finds a Men's room in Iran as part of his hard-hitting series for the San Francisco Chronicle.

MICHAEL MOORE is going to a re-education camp.

ALEC BALDWIN is getting the Linda McCartney Memorial Award at PETA's 25th anniversary gala in Hollywood o­n Sept. 10th, for proving that even a vegetarian diet can cause you to swell up to the size of Marlon Brando. Well, maybe not exactly, but he is being feted.

SCARLETT JOHANSSON: Paparazzi turn her trip to Disneyland into Mr. Toad's Wild Ride.

LOHAN LOWDOWN: Ex-beau Aaron Carter channels Sigmund Freud.

HARRY SHEARER thinks August is not a "slow news month," but that journos are lazy -- and points to a story that should get more coverage than missing teenage tourists.

PAT ROBERTSON calls for the assassination of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, but is disavowed by the White House. Conservative bloggers go further, even compiling a list of Robertson's most idiotic statements to date. Mark Daniels thinks it's bad theology also. Granted, Chavez cozies up to Fidel Castro, Saddam Hussein, Muammar Gaddafi and even started up a correspondence with notorious terrorist Ilich Ramírez "Carlos the Jackal" Sánchez. He's turned Venezuela into a safe haven for Columbian terrorists. He's even been accused of supporting Al Qaeda. But imho, you don't call for assassinating him; the o­nly beneficiaries of such idiocy are Chavez... and major media during a slow news month, especially CNN.

CRESSIDA'S MOM has got it going o­n.

THE PASSION of the Robocop?

DIRTY DANCING 3: Nun reprimanded after spreading her legs for a missionary.

BAN THE BRA? Britain could be facing a bra shortage after an European Union ban blocked £50 million of Chinese-made clothing heading for the UK. The director of a Danish lingerie chain borrowed a helicopter Monday morning to secure o­ne of the last EU import licences for bras.

CHILD MOLESTATION on your honeymoon? Anytime is despicable, but on your honeymoon!?

IRAQ: The Christian Science Monitor examines why the Sunnis fear the new constitution. At Publius Pundit, Robert Mayer notes that the language o­n Islam in the draft is weaker than that of the new Afghan constitution. Article 14 of the draft provides: "Iraqis are equal before the law without discrimination because of gender, ethnicity, nationality, origin, color, religion, sect, belief, opinion or social or economic status."  Article 151 of the draft provides: "No less than 25 percent of Council of Deputies seats go to women." There's even more analysis from Prof. Brendan O'Leary -- an advisor to the Kurdistan government -- at Norm Geras' blog; he doesn't think the Sunnis would be able to muster a veto in the referendum.  Imho, the interpretation and implementation of any new constitution is probably more important than the document itself -- the constitution of the former Soviet Union sounded great, but the reality was much different.

LONDON: A Muslim accused of anti-Semitism and praising Sheikh Omar Abdul Rahman -- the man behind the first WTC bombing -- is to be appointed to a government role in charge of rooting out extremism in the wake of last month's suicide bombings in London.

CULT OF THE iPod: The giant wooden iPod is okay, but how about the solid aluminum mod?

WOXY, a Ken King discovery, is podcasting music news and will soon podcast a show featuring unsigned bands.

ENGADGET found a time machine and went back to the future of 1985, which is a little ironic.

FUTURE MILITARY DRONE PLANES may be modeled o­n seagulls, diving between buildings, zooming under overpasses and landing o­n apartment balconies.

GLOBAL WARMING: Colorado's state climatologist has resigned from a Bush administration science advisory team in a disagreement over research into the causes of global warming. Roger Pielke Sr. said the Climate Change Science Program had minimized evidence that factors other than greenhouse gases can contribute to global warming.

GOOGLE is reportedly to launch an instant voice messaging service that would compete with Skype.

SAM, THE WORLD'S UGLIEST DOG, has his own website, blog and even a fan site.

MONKEYS are pulling all-nighters at Wake Forest University for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. At least, that's what they're doing when they aren't hitting the casinos.

FAMILY-RUN GUINEA PIG FARM shuts down after a six-year campaign of intimidation by animal rights activists, including death threats, arson and the theft of the corpse of a family relative.

POST 9/11, Customs will notice if you have green tree pythons, albino pythons, iguanas, frilled-neck dragons, slider turtles and tree monitors in your luggage.

IT'S RAINING FEATHERS in Richmond, CA. No o­ne knows why.

CROCODILE tracked by satellite.

LOVE MOTEL FOR PETS: Yesterday, I had a listing of pet-pampering hotels, but the Pet Love motel, in Sao Paulo, Brazil may have them beat.

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Robert Moog, Neil Young, Orlando Bloom, Cloned Cats, Dogs and Iguanas   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, August 23, 2005 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: kbade


THE RAVEONETTES' Sune Rose Wagner is interviewed at Suicide Girls about songwriting, recording and vintage clothing.

THE ROLLING STONES claim that Angela Merkel, the Christian Democratic Union's candidate for Chancellor in Germany, is using "Angie" as a theme song without permission. A spokesman for the CDU disputed the claim, saying the party cleared usage of excerpts from the song with the German music distribution rights regulator, Gema. ALSO: A woman was hospitalized with broken bones after she climbed o­nto the rafters of Fenway Park during Sunday night's Rolling Stones concert and fell 35 to 40 feet. Would it be a Stones tour without fan injury stories?

DEADHEADS want Jerry Garcia o­n a postage stamp. Click through for an amusing o­nline poll.

ROBERT MOOG, whose self-named synthesizers turned electric currents into sound, revolutionizing music in the 1960s and opening the wave that became electronica, has died at 71. An inoperable brain tumor had been detected in April. Though folks tend to think of Keith Emerson, Walter (WendY) Carlos and others from the 1970s when they hear the name, Moog's current customers included Nine Inch Nails, Pearl Jam, Beck, Phish, Sonic Youth and Widespread Panic.

COURTNEY LOVE claims to be pregnant. The putative father's denial may deserve the benefit of the doubt for now, given that Courtney is... a little wacky.

NEIL YOUNG'S upcoming album, Prairie Wind, is tinged with gospel and blues, making the Grand Ole Opry an ideal place for Jonathan Demme to film its debut.

THE NEW PORNOGRAPHERS' Twin Cinema, which is out today, racks up a 9.0 o­n the Pitchfork.  Remember, you can download two tracks for free at Matador's website.

THE PIXIES are essayed in London's Guardian, with Frank Black telling his version of how the band reunited.

BAUHAUS re-re-unites.

BEASTIE BOYS a cappella MP3s for your remixing pleasure.

STING has seven houses to keep him grounded. Not working, is it?

MADONNA is working her Kabbalah to accelerate her recovery from that horse-riding accident.

IS BRITNEY SPEARS A BIGAMIST? Richard Bacon, a presenter o­n the BBC's Top of the Pops, claims he was legally married to Spears shortly after her split with Justin Timberlake. Spears' reps deny the claim, natch. ALSO: Spears has reportedly planned a Kabbalah water birth.

THE FRENCH HOTEL: is her engagement off?

SIENNA MILLER is heartbroken. I Don't Like You In That Way has the pictures.

SEX (AND THE CITY) TOURISM: Greenwich Village takes its cut.

NATASHA LYONNE, perhaps best known from the American Pie movies (though Rufus Wainwright wrote a song about her, too) is worse off than Tara Reid and arguably worse off than Courtney Love.

ORLANDO BLOOM is reportedly set to marry sweetheart Kate Bosworth.

EVA LONGORIA: The Desperate Housewife claims she got in touch with her inner sexual self after a Brazilian wax. I'm restraining myself as the broad side of the barn passes by.

SUMMER TV RATINGS are slumping like summer movie attendance.

SEAN PENN'S REPORTS FROM IRAN have started as a week-long series in the San Francisco Chronicle.

IRAQ: At Iraq the Model, Omar reported o­n the role of Islam in the proposed constitution: "it was agreed upon that no laws that are against the widely agreed upon values of Islam can be issued and no laws that are against the values of democracy and human rights can be issued." That language seems confirmed in London's Independent. Though not ideal, it may be better than the language found in the constitutions of countries like Egypt, Syria and Kuwait, none of which are theocracies. It will be interesting to see what the current draft specifically says about womens' rights. That the parliamentary vote o­n the draft has been delayed for three days to try to win more Sunni support is probably a good sign -- or at least a recognition that the Sunni vote could veto the draft at the referendum.

AFGHANISTAN: Taliban fighters will not attack polling stations during next month's election, a spokesman said, but he vowed that the war against the government and U.S. forces would go o­n. I would take that with a truckload of salt, though it's possible that the Taliban noticed the backlash against such attacks in Iraq.

TOM-KAT UPDATE: Holmes is already o­n record as wanting a simple wedding, so we can o­nly surmise that the reported plan for a million dollar Arabian Knights-themed wedding in Spain was hatched by her over-the-top, couch-jumping fiancee.

BRADGELINA UPDATE: Pitt and Aniston now have a judgment for dissolution, which frees them to marry again starting October 2nd.

IN PRAISE OF FEMALE SEXUALITY, by Paul Sheehan, is posted at the Common Dreams News Center, a self-described progressive website... but I wonder what NOW, NARRAL and Planned Parenthood think of this paragraph: "This is society's real problem. Teenage pregnancy is trivial by comparison to suppressed pregnancy."

FIRST-BORN CHILDREN achieve the most success in life, according to a new study. I'm doomed!

DEMOCRATIC DIAGNOSIS: Democrats are split o­n how to approach Iraq and Supreme Court nominee John Roberts. These disagreements may be part of a larger rift, as Democratic consultant and uber-blogger Markos Moulitsas Zúniga declares war o­n the Democratic Leadership Council. As he wants "to make the DLC radioactive," maybe it's nuclear war.

THE FRENCH PRESS examines the sources of the strong anti-French sentiment in central and eastern Europe, with special reference to the Czech Republic.

CLONED WILDCATS produce healthy wildkitties.

DOGS: It looks like the skateboarding dog video has been around for a while, but if you haven't seen it, you should.

PET-PAMPERING HOTELS are featured at Expedia (Thanks to Debbie).

FROGS INVADE FRANCE: Giant California bullfrogs, introduced illegally to France 37 years ago, can grow to more than 4lbs in weight and almost 2ft long, consuming other frogs, fish, lizards and even small birds. Hunters working for the government's wildlife agency will be stalking ponds in south-west France this weekend, aimed with flash-lights, rifles, silencers and night-vision sights.

CHIMPANZEES like humans, show social conformity, according to a new study. Take a look at the BBC's picture -- I think all that's missing is the monolith.

COLUMBIAN COW jailed after a car accident.

IGUANAS are a growing problem in southern Florida: "It was like Jurassic Park in my toilet."

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Thin Lizzy, Mountain Goats, Metal Mania, Mullets and more...   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, August 22, 2005 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: kbade



I SAW BRIAN WILSON'S SMiLE TOUR (again), at the very last minute, as a venue he was supposed to play in Michigan Sunday night went bankrupt, so he landed at the ParkWest instead. I have a review of last year's show up in this site's Reviews section. This o­ne was a bit less formal, as the o­nly people more crowded that Brian and his big band o­nstage were the folks jammed into the table and chair set-up offstage. But worth it to sit 15 feet from a legend of popular music. I publicly apologize in advance to Ken King for not alerting him, though it really was a last minute thing. Which makes me feel less guilty about mentioning that Brian's female backup singer -- Ken knows exactly who I mean -- was even hotter up close. I would recommend the DVD, even to people who aren't big Brian fans, for the Beautiful Dreamer documentary, as it tells a story that I think even non-fans could find interesting and dramatic.

THE BOY IS BACK IN TOWN: The late Phil Lynott of Thin Lizzy finally returned to "The Old Town" of Dublin, Ireland when a statue commemorating him was unveiled off the city's busy Grafton Street o­n what would have been his 56th birthday.

ON THE PITCHFORK: Ian McCulloch thinks the upcoming Echo and the Bunnymen album is a "masterpiece." The Rev. Horton Heat is doing an Xmas album and tour.

THE DECEMBERISTS, DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE AND STARS join o­nstage for Fleetwood Mac's "Go Your Own Way." You Ain't No Picasso is killing music by pointing you to the MP3 and the video.

THE MOUNTAIN GOATS' video for "This Year" can be streamed here.


DICK CAVETT AND ROCK STARS: Out o­n DVD. I'd like to hear about Jimi Hendrix's days as a paratrooper.

THE MAGIC NUMBERS talk to London's Guardian about walking off Top of the Pops and their desire to get into Brian Wilson's sandbox.

ROCK STAR "DON'TS" are listed at the Castor Oil blog. For example: "Just admit it, you were in bad heavy metal bands until Weezer broke out and you have never listened to Gang of Four in your life. It’s really OK, no o­ne out there gives a sh*t enough to judge you for it."

HEAVY METAL: It's your one-way ticket to midnight. It's also becoming hip, if the linked Slate article referring to Mastodon is any indication.

MULLET HUNT at the Iowa State Fair. See what you expats are missing?

POISON GUITARIST C.C. DeVille jumped out of the "Where Are They Now?" file and into a Stuff magazine party in Vegas by way of air guitar.

ZIPCODE MAN: And I thought I retained trivia.

COURTNEY LOVE gets court-ordered rehab after she admits to three probation violations.

PATTY SMYTH jumps out of the "Where are they now?" file to fill in for Billy Joel's daughter at a charity gig. I guess she still is the Warrior.

DO THEY KNOW IT'S HALLOWEEN? is a benefit record for UNICEF featuring Beck, Sum 41, The Arcade Fire, Sonic Youth, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Sloan, Peaches, Feist, Devendra Banhart, Wolf Parade, Postal Service, Buck 65, Arrested Development's David Cross, Sex Pistols’ founder Malcolm McLaren, Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, 60's soul legend Gino Washington, Roky Erickson, Sparks, and more. Seems like it should be produced by Steve Albini or Tim Burton. Stream it here.

HARD WORKERS work hard in the bedroom.

MARCH OF THE PENGUINS is snarking o­n Hustle and Flow.

GRIZZLY MAN: I saw and recommend Grizzly Man, though it's not playing o­n many screens around the country.

JESSICA ALBA having second thoughts about a Fantastic Four sequel? Or just about negotiating a better contract? A Newsweek web exclusive interview reports that she is signed for two sequels -- which is standard for such movies. She may star in a movie version of I Dream of Jeannie, which would be the o­nly reason to see it.

KIRSTEN DUNST PREGNANT? She was spotted eyeing a box of New Chapter Organics Perfect Prenatal dietary supplements with Jake Gyllenhall, with whom she has been linked previously. But I would guess the odds are about the same as Katie Holmes getting pregnant.

ALICIA SILVERSTONE hates being in the spotlight. As if that's a problem for her.

MARCIA CROSS: The Desperate Housewife who has denied rumors that she prefers women is engaged, but no wedding date has been set.

IRAQ: On Friday, Iraq's national security adviser said the country would descend into civil war if federalism was not entrenched in the constitution. States' rights -- and disputes over the right to secede -- are issues Americans know to be difficult and divisive. People who have lived under tyranny often prefer a weak central government. U.S. diplomats reportedly have conceded ground to the Shiites o­n the role of Islam in the constitution. At Iraq the Model, Omar reports o­n Christians protesting for a secular constitution, demands for more voters' registration offices in Fallujah and for international monitoring of the referendum. Omar also translates polling showing Iraqis prefer a federal state where Islam is just o­ne (rather than the o­nly) source for legislation. The Shiites should remember that the Sunnis -- who seem eager to participate in the referendum -- probably hold a veto over the proposed constitution.

THE NEW PORNOGRAPHERS' Twin Cinema drops tomorrow, prompting reviews from PopMatters and Carl Wilson and a blurb in Macleans that describes the band's chance meeting with Broken Social Scene.

PUNK ROCKER is the Town Crier in Westcountry UK.

EMINEM GOES INTO REHAB dependency to sleep medication, according to his publicist. Maybe he'll remix that o­ne number so that while he's rapping, "My name is..." a group can respond, "Hello, Marshall..."

INXS: The estate of the band's late singer, Michael Hutchence, reportedly has been valued at nothing. However, the estate did not include a string of properties in Australia worth more than 10 million dollars, a villa in southern France, a house in London, a development in Indonesia, numerous luxury cars and royalty payments from INXS, which had been placed in a complex array of companies and trusts from Liberia to the British Virgin Islands over which he had limited control to protect his wealth. No Rock and Roll Fun wonders where that money is going.

JEANETTE SLIWINSKI, who killed three Chicago area musicians with her car, was quite a piece of work, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

"GAY BATMAN" ARTIST gets a "cease and desist" letter from D.C. Comics.

GRADES FOR SEX, MONEY SCANDAL at Florida Memorial University.

OIL-FOR-FOOD SCANDAL: A Danish maker of industrial pumps, admits paying kickbacks to Saddam's regime under the U.N. program.

A STUDY IN WARTIME UNDERWEAR: British troops get germ-fighting underwear. Some Palestinian suicide bombers wrap their penises into fire-proof aluminum foil to save them for those virgins they were promised in the afterlife.

IRAQ II: The Army is planning for the possibility of keeping the current number of soldiers in Iraq for four more years, the Army's top general said Saturday. Imho, planning for a worst-case scenario is better than not planning for it. The Washington Post covers Soldiers' Angels, a wonderful group which supports our troops by doing everything from writing letters to donating computers, backpacks and body armor to troops in the field. Belgravia Dispatch has analysis based o­n another WaPO article about the rising influence of Shiite and Kurdish militias.

JUDE LAW AND SIENNA MILLER: Splitsville. Of course, tomorrow is another day...

TOM SIZEMORE SEX TAPE surfaces. Many women; no celebs.

JUDITH MILLER, The New York Times reporter jailed o­n contempt charges for refusing to testify about a source to a grand jury, needs to have a chat with her husband, who is currently telling friends that his wife "is having the time of her life." That's a phrase you tend to hear in commercials for vacation cruises like the o­ne Miller's husband took while she was in the slam.

JOE RANFT, an Academy Award-nominated storyboard supervisor for Disney and Pixar animated films, who co-wrote Toy Story and A Bug's Life after work o­n Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King, was killed in a car accident last week. He was 45.

CA GOVERNOR'S RACE: Will Steve Jobs or Robin Williams challenge the Governator?

WHAT WOULD TOM CRUISE SAY? Margarita Lopez, a candidate for Manhattan borough president, is a Scientologist who shuttled hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars to a Scientology-backed detox center co-founded by Cruise. Rivals have also taken openly gay Lopez to task because Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard preached against homosexuality.

MICHAEL YON writes from Mosul about what he doesn't report, and why. He also seems to think the major media is routinely blowing its coverage: "What is seen o­n television and in the papers is practically always inaccurate, or is at least poorly framed."

SEXY SAUDI SWIMWEAR, courtesy of Publius Pundit. Actually, the company looks to be Turkish, but the point is basically the same.

AL QAEDA LEADER KILLED in Saudi Arabia. Saleh Mohammed al-Aoofi, the kingdom's top fugitive, had led local al-Qaida operations since his predecessor was killed by police a year ago. An Al Qaeda-linked group plans to "terrorize" U.S.-led forces in Iraq and their families by bombarding them with e-mails and by posting gruesome photos o­nline.

TREATING TERRORISTS LIKE PIRATES: Author Douglas R. Burgess Jr. thinks it may clarify our thinking o­n terrorism.

STUCK IN LODI: The idea of a "million Muslim march" to publicly denounce terrorism has officially died, when it became apparent the deep division in Lodi's Muslim community would make organizing the event difficult if not impossible. A federal grand jury has handed up indictments against a Lodi father and his son accused of having ties to Al Qaeda. A Muslim cleric and his son were deported to Pakistan after Federal immigration officials said the cleric and his successor, planned to establish a madrassa similar to o­ne in Pakistan, where both taught before coming to the U.S. Evidence presented at last week's proceeding showed that madrassa had been used to recruit individuals to engage in jihad.

THE HOME FRONT: Margot Kidder became a U.S. citizen Wednesday to avoid possible deportation to her native Canada when she begins protesting the war. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a former San Francisco mayor, helped secure three million dollars to tow the retired USS Iowa from to the Bay Area in hopes of making touristy Fisherman's Wharf its new home. But city supervisors voted 8-3 last month to oppose taking in the ship, citing local opposition to the Iraq war and the military's stance o­n gays, among other things. Feinstein called it a "very petty decision." And supporters of the President's Iraq policy have started their own camp down in Crawford.

DEMOCRATIC DIAGNOSIS: Poll numbers for President Bush and the GOP-led Congress have declined, but pollsters and analysts say that Democrats aren't doing any better. Sen. John Kerry sees no need to make any changes.

WHAT IS THIS? It's a fossil of something, but nobody knows what it is a fossil of.

BLOGGING AFFECTS THE BRAIN? Drs. Fernette and Brock Eide consider the possibilities.

NANOTECH: Carbon nanotubes get a big, but layperson-friendly, write-up from Science o­n MSNBC. That article begins by talking about transparent sheets of carbon nanotubes that can be used for screens and windows, which are discussed further at the website for Nature.

CLIMATE CHANGE may have profoundly influenced human evolution, according to a new study published in this week's Science.

IT'S ALIVE... ITS'S ALIIIIVE!!! Synthetic biologists boldly claim the ability to make never-before-seen living things, o­ne genetic molecule at a time. At The American Prospect, Chris Mooney is "tired of preachy retreads of the Frankenstein myth, first laid out in Mary Shelley's 19th-century classic and recycled by Hollywood constantly in films from Godsend to Jurassic Park.

SODA IN SCHOOL: The American Beverage Association is recommending limiting the availability of soft drinks in schools across the country. The Freakonomics blog has a theory as to why.

GROUND ZERO: A global network of human rights museums is urging the International Freedom Center to downplay America in its exhibits and programs at Ground Zero, the New York Daily News has learned. For some reason, some 9/11 family members disagree with the idea of turning Ground Zero into the "Why They Hate Us" museum.

CULT OF THE iPod: You Ain't No Picasso describes friends adapting the card game "War" to iPods. Playlist lists six iPod hacks. But none of them match the MegaGiant wood iPod that eliminates the threat of being mugged (Thanks to Sylvia).

PODCASTING: The Washington Post surveys popular and specialty podcasts. Slate is promoting its own podcast.

AMAZON.COM is selling more sex toys "than you knew they would ever dare sell and more than you even knew were being manufactured in the world today and a more advanced and varied selection than you probably imagined they could ever get away with..." Are there links in the linked column? Why, yes, there are.

THE BANANA is an endangered species.

FASTER-THAN-LIGHT SPEED: Scientists have managed to control the speed of light – both slowing it down and speeding it up – in an optical fiber, using off-the-shelf instrumentation in normal environmental conditions.

L.A. GATOR UPDATE: The crafty Carlito has already become a folk hero in the gritty neighborhood where he continues to outwit wranglers and elude capture in Lake Machado.

ANIMAL HOARDING, WITH A TWIST: This time, more than 70 cats, dogs, birds, guinea pigs and more were found living in deplorable conditions at a home billed as an animal shelter and occupied by a man who has written several books o­n caring for dogs.

BIRDS were accidentally fed cannabis seeds by a Norwegian grandmother. That's probably a vicious cycle, as I imagine it o­nly gave the birds the munchies.

GOOEY THE DUCK was raised by a woman since he was a day old, even wearing special duck diapers and going to the woman's job. Washington stste's Fish and Wildlife Department has seized Gooey and is looking into whether the woman should be charged with unlawful possession of wildlife. The local police are investigating the wildlife officers, o­ne of whom the woman says struck her as he snatched the duck away.

A RARE AND RANDY WARBLER is ironically facing extinction, despite being the most promiscuous and energetic lover in the avian world. And "Randy Warbler" would make a good fake DJ name.

MAIL ORDER CHICKENS: It's probably not exactly what you think, but I don't know if it can be explained.


MERCENARY GOATS TO FIGHT KUDZU in Peachtree City, GA. ALSO: Mountain goat threatens a woman in her garage in Salt Lake City.

DOZENS OF LAMBS DISQUALIFIED from competing at the Wyoming State Fair because their tails were cut too short. It sounds picky, but you wouldn't want your rectum to slip out of place, would you?

CATS AND DOGS will be rescued from settlements in the Gaza strip. Even so, an evacuated settler told a news website, "Horses, dogs and cats and even chickens were wandering the streets. There is no o­ne to feed or care for them."

KITTY burns two or three of its lives, surviving an electrical shock, a fall and a fire in Nevada.

DOGS of celebrities attended a birthday bash for Romeo Hastreiter (a mutt of Paper magazine founder Kim Hastreiter), at the Tribeca Grand Hotel last Thursday.

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THE WEEKEND STARTS HERE: I don't care if Monday's blue/ Tuesday's grey and Wednesday too/ Thursday I don't care about you/ It's Friday...

OKAY, NOT REALLY, BUT THE CURE helped secure the release of Belarusian scientist Yury Bandazhevsky, who was jailed in Russia after being convicted of taking bribes from students seeking admission to the Gomel Medical Institute. Amnesty International adopted him as a Prisoner of Conscience, believing that he was convicted o­n trumped up charges because of his open criticism of the authorities’ response to the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. The Cure promoted a petition for his release during their last tour.

FRIDAY TIMEWASTER: All the cutesy Flash games you can handle at Orisinal.

THE STOOGES REISSUES score 8.9 and 9.4 o­n the Pitchfork: "It should go without saying that these are two of the most important signposts o­n the way to the punk explosion, and that any rock fan with a sense of history owes it to themselves to check them out if they haven't already. What's often lost as we place them in the canon, though, is the fact that both albums sound incredibly good today o­n their own terms, raw and immediate and dripping with an aggression that's rarely been rivaled."

THE WHITE STRIPES: An L.A. Times review of their gig at the Greek Theater is dismantled at losanjealous. I can o­nly imagine what this blogger would do with this piece in The New Republic.

FIRST AVE. AND THE 7TH ST. ENTRY: The Minnesota Historical Society has an inventory of the clubs' band files for 1977-2004, including "correspondence with bands and/or agents, contracts, attendance and 'take' or 'numbers' sheets (financial breakdowns), photographs of performers and other promotional materials, tickets, post-performance reviews, and other miscellany." The list of shows posted o­nline is impressive, though incomplete, as I could not find the Golden Palominos show I saw there.  But they do note the Replacements/Young Fresh Fellows bill where Scott McCaughey -- wearing a wig he stole from the M-Shop -- heckled Music Works' Paul Miller from atop a monitor speaker during the guitar solos...

SEVEN BAND NAMES that would be impossible to book. I guess the Who is the exception that proves the rule.

GWEN STEFANI is reportedly boycotting the MTV Music Awards because she wasn't invited to play.

SUFJAN STEVENS gets mainstream attention in Newsday. Now that I know the band is dressing as Illinois cheerleaders o­n tour, I may have to break down and get those tickets...

SHAMELESS PLUG: Anyone who needs a guitar tech in Chicagoland should check out Andon Davis and the rest of the crew at Third Coast Guitar. Andon's a fine guitarist in his own right and knows how o­ne should sound and look. In fact, even non-musicians should take a peek at the site, as the image maps seem well-suited to the target audience.  No, I'm not being paid to say it, either; I just like Andon's playing.

SMOOSH: The pre-high school sisters rocked the office at SPIN magazine. I've mentioned them twice before. Check out the groovy video for "Le Pump," complete with Claymation, at Pattern 25, which also links to streaming audio from KEXP and more... Or stream a couple from NPR. Come o­n; how many indie bands get interviewed by Scholastic News?

RADIOHEAD frontman Thom Yorke has started a blog and used it to announce the band has begun recording its next album.

JUNKMEDIA: I hadn't visited in a while, but the site has been redesigned, complete with a newsblog called "World of Sound." Currently featured is an interview with the Decemberists' Colin Meloy. But it's really all about Ken King's review of the Pate box that keeps me going back, because I'm a tremendous narcissist.

COMEDY CENTRAL has started a blog chock full 'o' video clips. Excellent idea.

BANGLADESH: About 400 small bombs, suspected to have been planted by an Islamic militant outfit, exploded almost simultaneously in cities and towns across Bangladesh, killing at least two persons, including a child, and injuring 138. Leaflets found at the sites of the blasts said "It is time to implement Islamic law in Bangladesh. There is no future with man-made law," and "(US President George W Bush) and (British Prime Minister Tony Blair) be warned and get out of Muslim countries." We're occupying Bangladesh? Who knew? The targets of these bombs were courts, suggesting the real motivation was the first o­ne. Another target, the Grameen Bank is a micro-development lender; such banks often help third-world women get into business.

CLOWN ASSAILANT NABBED IN SEATTLE: The clown would have gotten away with it, too... if it hadn't been for those meddlesome kids!

BRADGELINA UPDATE: Jolie was overheard saying thst she and Pitt are "working o­n" getting married and plan to adopt more babies. She was also overheard telling baby Zahara that "Mommy misses Brad." But a guy who dines with B.P. regularly told E!'s Ted Casablanca that Pitt "will not marry Angelina." And a "big producer" tells Casablanca that Pitt is risking his career: "Women don't like what he's done."

HOLLYWOOD is cutting back its ads in papers like The New York Times and L.A. Times. The studios would cut back more if they didn't feel they need to stroke the ego of the "talent."

TOM-KAT UPDATE: Rumor has it that Cruise's next PR mess will involve Lindsay Lohan.

BRITNEY SPEARS may name her son Preston, which I could almost see with the name Spears, but Preston Federline? Better keep him in private schools...

HUNTER S. THOMPSON is ready for blast-off Saturday.

DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES: Eva Longoria was struck in the head by a pole while filming a scene for Desperate Housewives and it was not in the script. Teri Hatcher has considered hiring a gigolo. Yeah, right.

JUDE LAW: At Defamer, an anonymous eyewitness defends Law's manhood. Could it be George Costanza? ALSO: Law and estranged fiancee Sienna Miller have been spotted together in public.

THE FRENCH HOTEL is now so infamous that she had a makeup artist spend three hours the other day fitting her with a prosthetic nose and a red wig so that she could take her brothers to Disneyland.

BOXERS, BRIEFS OR VICTORIA'S SECRET? It seems like when a Clinton runs for office, people start asking the candidates about their undies.

IRAQ: The New York Times (via the registration-free IHT) reports o­n the rebuilding of the Mosul police force; a couple of soldiers quoted think that the force could crumble unless the American troops stay for years. However, Michael Yon has reported that the ISF in Mosul is making remarkable progress, with the police a frequent target of the terrorists. Yon also did a radio interview this past week you can hear here. Fred Kagan argues in the Washington Post that security in Iraq is not as simple as decreasing our troops and increasing theirs, which is almost certainly true -- though more and improved Iraqi forces could allow the U.S. to draw down substantially and focus o­n providing logistics and support. I've noticed that local papers often get stories the national media misses, like Sgt. 1st Class Elbert Jetton of the 3rd ID seeing improvements, even in Baghdad, during his second deployment. (try bugmenot SOMEONE777@aol.com, 7777777)

OIL-FOR-FOOD SCANDAL: Guess who bought some of the oil? Enron.

THE FIREFLY PHONE is designed for kids -- and their parents, with parental management of incoming and outgoing calls. Links to reviews at Gizmodo.

NATURE OR NURTURE: A lengthy piece in the Boston Globe asks, "What Makes People Gay?" suggests it's at least half biology, but questions whether that matters: "Some advocates of gay marriage argue that proving sexual orientation is inborn would make it easier to frame the debate as simply a matter of civil rights. That could be true, but then again, freedom of religion enjoyed federal protection long before inborn traits like race and sex."

PODCASTING becomes a tool for academia.

DIGITAL VIDEO RECORDERS may be turning television into the Internet.

REAL-TIME SURGERY BY INTERNET: Scientists in Australia have successfully performed laser surgery and "optical trapping" in a Southern California laboratory via the Internet.

EDU-BLOGGING: The latest Carnival of Education is o­nline.

FOX NEWS CHANNEL did not affect voting registration or patterns in 2000, according to a new study.

INTERACTIVE 3-D DISPLAY coming to market. Now all we need are precogs. Or the plans to the Death Star.

NANOTECH: The intricate Fibonacci pattern-based spiral patterns seen o­n the heads of sunflowers, and thought to occur o­nly in plants, have now been spotted o­n nanoparticles. Gotta love the Golden Mean!

DRY SPAGHETTI doesn't break into two pieces. This baffled the late, great Richard Feynman, the Nobel laureate and father of modern quantum theory. Now the mystery is solved, complete with video.

BOY SCOUT LEADER ARRESTED on child molestation charges in Mesa, AZ. Which is o­ne reason why the BSA has been a bit exclusionary over the years; the civil lawsuits would already be filed otherwise.

CINDY SHEEHAN left her anti-war camp in Crawford, Texas o­n Thursday to fly to L.A. after hearing that her mother had suffered a stroke. That's sad news, but after 20,585 mentions in television news broadcasts, the saturation media coverage was about to focus o­n whether she was getting too much coverage anyway -- it's a time-honored part of any saturation coverage. Ronald R. Griffin, who lost a son in Iraq, but disagrees with Ms. Sheehan o­n policy, is in some way heartened "to have all this attention paid to her, because that means others in her position now have the chance to be heard." Griffin adds: "Those who lost their lives believed in the mission. To honor their memory, and because it's right, we must believe in the mission, too." Imho, o­ne need not believe in the mission to honor our troops' service (though Ms. Sheehan's own statements suggest she does neither); Griffin is closer to the mark in writing that no parent has the absolute moral authority to speak for all parents or troops.

SHEBA THE WONDER DOG can tell you the square root of 36, where Matt Lauer was today and much more. Videos at the link.

CATS: A little Friday cat-blogging, but click through o­n the "update" link for the payoff.

TAKING HER LYNX TO BE SPAYED AND NEUTERED may subject Karen Goeckect to wildlife charges in Utah.

LIONS, CHEETAHS, ELEPHANTS AND CAMELS could soon roam parts of North America, under a plan called Pleistocene re-wilding: "If we o­nly have 10 minutes to present this idea, people think we're nuts," said Harry Greene, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at Cornell University, "But if people hear the o­ne-hour version, they realise they haven't thought about this as much as we have." And still think you're nuts.

A SIBERIAN TIGER kills a teenage girl posing for photos at a family-run animal sanctuary Thursday in southeast Kansas. See what I mean?

THE LAKE CHAMPLAIN MONSTER: It's no Nessie, Doc, but hundreds claim to have spotted the mythical beast.

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