ANDREW BIRD breaks down his new album track-by-track for Drowned In Sound. And Dave loved "Fitz & Dizzyspells" the other night.
FRANK BLACK has a new band with his wife.
PETER BJORN & JOHN: Bjorn talks to Paste about the forthcoming Living Thing album, including this about the song "Blue Period Picasso": "It's like a hit single from the '80s that never got to be a single. It's a really cool song... It's like an old Paul Anka song, but played by Prince."
DEREK TRUCKS, guitar prodigy and nephew of Allman Brothers drummer Butch Trucks, did a mini-set for the World Cafe streamable via NPR.
MATT & KIM fight Cute, fail miserably: "Onstage, Matt sings, attacks keyboards, and narrates with the wild, rapturous glee of a lottery winner; Kim kicks the sh^t out of her drum set and smiles so adorably she makes babies jealous. If this strikes you as nauseating, you're just not acquainted."
I WANNA BE SEDATED gets a beefed up feature with Ramones video links as part of the upgrading NPR 100.
METRIC: Emily Haines talks about the band's next album, which will be self-released in April.
JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE: Between his addiction and his dad Steve, which do you think he's less happy discussing?
JAY REATARD, a/k/a lo-fi Memphis garage-rocker Jay Lindsey, is profiled in the East Bay Express. You can stream a few at HisSpace.
THE WHITE HOUSE RECORD LIBRARY: There's vintage vinyl in the basement.
JESSICA SIMPSON: Sister Ashlee is "completely disgusted" by the headlines concerning her sister's weight. I would be also, if Jessica was a talented singer or actress. RELATED? The ever-reliable Star has Tony Romo cheating on Jessica in her own bed.
JOAQUIN PHOENIX may be hoaxing the public with his amazingly bad rap career.
JOHN TRAVOLTA: The extortion plot aginst him was really lame.
OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN's former partner , who was believed to have drowned at sea nearly four years ago, staged his own disappearance, according to an NBC Dateline investigation.
BART SIMPSON is making robo-calls for Scientology. Not prank calls, either.
MEGAN FOX could replace Angelina Jolie in a reboot of the Tomb Raider franchise?
HILARY DUFF will star in "The Story of Bonnie and Clyde," which thankfully is not even going to pretend to be a remake of the 1967 classic.
OSCARS ROUNDTABLE: Newsweek's annual gathering of hopefuls hosts Brad Pitt, Robert Downey, Jr., Anne Hathaway, Frank Langella, Sally Hawkins, and Mickey Rourke. Transcript and video at the link.
THE SCREEN ACTORS GUILD fired its chief negotiator and replaced its negotiating committee -- a sign that a SAG feature-primtetime deal may be close without a strike.
GUILLERMO del TORO walks out of an interview that raises his cinematic whitewashing of Che Guevara's record as a mass murderer.
IRAN: President Ahmadinejad said the US must remove its forces from the Middle East and apologize for "the crimes they have committed against the Iranian nation." Egypt's foreign minister said Iran, Hezbollah, and Hamas are conspiring to spark a regional conflict. US Rep. Pete Hoekstra says "there's no way and no chance to stop the Iranian nuclear program."
IRAQ: Early voting for the provincial elections has begun. Kurdistan leader Massoud Barazani rejected the formation of Awakening councils in the North.
A LORIS EATS: Let's go to the video.
BABY GIRAFFE born Monday morning at the San Francisco Zoo. Awww... some pics at the link.
STREAKER the PIG will attempt to correctly choose the Super Bowl XLIII winner.
A GATOR stuck in a pipe in Cape Coral FL, is lured out with...
THE £100000 PUPPY: We can clone him.