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Rogue Wave Benefit, New Releases, RHCP, and Sea Lion Painting   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, October 03, 2006 - 08:00 AM
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ROGUE WAVE held its benefit concert for their drummer Pat Spurgeon, who is in desperate need of a kidney transplant. The benefit concert featured performances by Rogue Wave, Ben Gibbard (Death Cab for Cutie,) Nada Surf, Ryan Miller (Guster,) John Vanderslice, and other special guests including Daniel Handler (a/k/a Lemony Snickett). Click through for MP3s and video of songs including: "Cuddly Toy," "I

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Cheap Trick, The Hold Steady, Evan Dando, Alpaca Paternity Suit   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, October 02, 2006 - 08:00 AM
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SITE NEWS: Lance moved the site to a major hosting service over the weekend. We hope this will help speed things up a bit. Lance is continuing to tinker a bit and has further improvements planned. Thanks, Lance!

CHEAP TRICK played Imus in the Morning last week, including "Don't Be Cruel," "Voices," "Dream Police," "I Want You To Want Me" and "If it Takes A Lifetime." There is something oddly compelling about having a news ticker run under Rick Nielsen.

THE HOLD STEADY get a lengthy rave in the New York Times (try Google News to bypass registration) o­n the eve of the release of Boys and Girls in America -- a title we learn is borrowed from Jack Kerouac. The indie bar band's latest seems to be getting some backlash from hipsters who don't like its Thin Lizzy and Springsteen influences. You may still be able to stream the whole album from Vagrant Records, though it was down for a bit after kids figured out how to download all of the MP3s separately... bad kids! Otherwise, you can stream three new tracks from MySpace.

GERRY RAFFERTY was apparently so drunk after a ten-hour bender o­n an transatlantic flight that he had to be taken off in a wheelchair and whisked to a detox clinic run by the Church of Scotland. Does this mean he hasn't given up the o­ne-night stands, either?

GARY GLITTER, convicted of sexually assaulting two underaged girls in March, wants to return to the UK and make a television comeback after his expected parole from a Vietnamese jail in November. I would guess the UK authorities might have different plans for him.

SUFJAN STEVENS: "Majesty, Snowbird," a new track reflecting his new seeming obsession with birds, is popping up o­n various music blogs. YANP will also point you toward the video.

A GENESIS REUNION WARNING is issued when a Genesis reunion has actually been sighted or is indicated by radar. Those in the affected areas should go to a pre-designated shelter area such as a safe room, basement, storm cellar, or the lowest building level, away from corners, windows, doors, and outside walls. Put as many walls as possible between you and the outside. Do not open windows. I will admit, however, to liking "Turn It On," which is the obvious choice for this story.

EVAN DANDO and THE DEARS played the World Cafe Live in Philadelphia last week, so you can stream them from NPR now.

WHO NEEDS LUTE MUSIC? London's Observer wonders why Sting, The Who and Paul McCartney think that their fan bases, initially attracted by high-grade pop and rock, will be impressed by lutes, violins and great swathes of Latin noodling: "Never do musicians get more pompous than when they decide there has been a dreadful mistake -- they are not farting, nose-picking rock stars after all, but proper artists, composers, if you will."

ART BRUT, o­ne of my faves from the past couple of years, is putting out a new single in November. Until then, make do with plenty of great tracks o­n the Hype Machine.

KURT COBAIN: Courtney Love cradles a look-alike of her late husband -- supposed to depict Jesus Christ -- while a critic for London's Times argues that Nirvana's Nevermind has aged badly.

THE SCIENCE OF SLEEP: I saw Michel Gondry's latest film, which may never achieve wide release, as it lacks both the stars and emotional depth of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. And a fair amount is subtitled, though neccessary for the plot. That's not to say it wasn't good; it was. Indeed, it was in some ways more visually inventive than Eternal Sunshine. Also darker,though with a number of funny moments, such as the o­ne pictured, in which the band is playing the Velvet Underground's "After Hours."

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Ashton Kutcher grabs the top two slots with Open Season and The Guardian. The animated flick made 23 million o­n an 85 million budget, but that may be okay, given that it won't have much 3-D competition in October. Jackass: Number Two came in third, with another 14 million of probable pure profit. School For Scoundrels did an anemic 9.1 million opening, but o­n mere a 20 million budget. Jet Li's Fearless plunged 55 percent to 4.7 million after his fans turned out for the opening. Gridiron Gand skidded to sixth, though it should end up in the black. The Illusionist actually moved up to seventh, despite losing over 100 screens. Flyboys and The Black Dahlia, otoh, dropped far enough that both may end up in the red. Little Miss Sunshine again clung to the top ten.

EVA LONGORIA and TONY PARKER are dunzo, supposedly due to "distance and demanding careers and not living in same city," as opposed to Parker dancing and cuddling with a tall blonde at Marquee in full view of Leonardo DiCaprio, Bono, The Edge and Mick Jagger.

ANNA NICOLE SMITH'S "wedding" to attorney Howard K. Stern was "not legally binding," according to her other attorney. Meanwhile, the model's estranged mother does not believe Stern is the father of Smith's baby.

AMANDA PEET of Studio 60 got hitched to screenwriter David Benioff at the actress's alma mater, Friends Seminary, a Quaker school founded in 1786. Peet is four or five months pregnant already; her castmates call her "fatty."

SCARLETT JOHANSSON has been named Esquire magazine's Sexiest Woman Alive, which was obvious to anyone that followed the teasers run o­n the mag's website. Clearly, there should be some sort of official ceremony in which last year's sexiest, Jessica Biel, kisses Scarlett good luck for her reign. My favorite part of the story is where she asks, "What about my brain?", which is right before she talks about spelling "harass" wrong o­n a sign directed at the paparazzi.

TOM-KAT UPDATE: Cruise will threaten to sue the press over a lot of things, but he cannot sue them for making fun of his height, particularly in relation to Holmes. So that's going to happen.

LINDSAY LOHAN has welched o­n the reward or thank-you note promised by her rep to the driver who found Li-Lo's missing Hermes bag, which was stuffed with a million dollars in jewelry and her asthma medicine, lost at Heathrow Airport earlier this month. Classy!

BORAT: Sacha Baron Cohen, milking the publicity for all it's worth, was turned away from the White House in a stunt was timed to coincide with an official visit by Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev, who is said to be displeased with Cohen's fictional TV reporter from Kazakhstan. The Washington Post has video of Borat's press conference held after the stunt. It appears he's now dragging Uzbekistan into the fight.

LITTLE SUPERSTAR UPDATE: The strange video posted here o­n Friday is explained at Gorilla vs. Bear.

DAVID HASSELHOFF, currently in the UK promoting Click, his single "Jump In My Car," and his book Making Waves, was accused of being drunk during a live television breakfast show. He apparently flirted outrageously live o­n air with GMTV hostess Jenni Falconer, then tried to come o­n to Sunday Mirror showbiz columnist Suzanne Kerins, who was presenting Hasselhoff with the Guinness World Record for Most Watched Man o­n TV at London's posh Claridges Hotel.

CARTOON JIHAD: Today, the controversial Mohammed cartoons will be shown on Norwegian TV for the first time. A ceramic bobblehead doll of the Prophet Muhammed is being hawked online for 22.99 a pop by an ex-Marine. That's going to go down well in some quarters. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest is part of the a "Zionist" conspiracy to exert cultural influence, according to Iranian state television. Meanwhile, in the UK, a hardline Muslim teacher who denounced pupils for singing Christmas carols has been made a government schools inspector.

IRAQ: At ITM, Omar blogged the fierce clashes in Baghdad and later calm during the curfew imposed to capture an al-Qaida suspect and members of his cell, who were "in the final stages" of planning an attack o­n the Green Zone. The suspect was a bodyguard for senior Sunni Arab political leader Adnan al-Dulaimi, causing Shiite politicians to demand changes in the Iraqi government. Meanwhile, security forces are closing in on the leader of al-Qaida in Iraq, a senior Iraqi official said Sunday.

IRAQ II: Army Col. Sean B. MacFarland says that the insurgents are losing ground, and Iraqi security forces are gaining in Anbar province, but the insurgency will probably not end until some time after US troops withdraw from the area. Predominantly Sunni tribes there seem to be helping: Reuters reports five al-Qaeda were captured in the city of Ramadi, "including three foreign fighters from Yemen." In addition, the Anbar tribes claim to have killed a senior al-Qaeda leader, captured several others and forced more to flee across the Syrian border.

CATS and DOGS are using their own social networking sites. Plenty of cute pics from Dogster.com and Catster.com at the link.

ALPACA PATERNITY SUIT is dismissed o­n technical grounds by the Circuit Court of Monroe County, IN. So there's a good chance it could be refiled in Illinois.

A PET SHOP FIRE that killed more than two-dozen exotic snakes, frogs, fish, and other reptiles in Cambridge, MA may have been set by animal rights activists.

SNAKES o­n EVERYTHING UPDATE: Another Idaho home was found infested with snakes. The new homeowners discovered this last Spring, when the reptiles came out of hibernation.

HAMSTER o­n a PLANE forced an Austrian Airlines jet to make an unscheduled stop Friday. I think we all know What Samuel L. Jackson would say.

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Soul Asylum, Isobel Campbell, Cutout Bin, and Kangaroo Boxing   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, September 29, 2006 - 08:30 AM
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...with SOUL ASYLUM, completing my Twin Cities trilogy. Let's start with a medley from 1986 Minneapolis Music Awards, which begins with the title track of Made To Be Broken, but -- as any Soul Asylum fan would guess -- devolves into some scary covers. Let's just say they play some funky music. And if you check out the related videos o­n the same page, you'll find gems like the live versions of "Sometime To Return," "Marionette" and maybe even "Cartoon" from the band's underrated major-label debut, Hang Time.

THE BYRDS get a nice feature at CNN with a new Roger McGuinn interview, in which he discusses how he and David Crosby discovered Michael Clarke by noticing that he "looked like Brian Jones and Mick Jagger combined... We recognized the value of having a good-looking guy in the band." Photo gallery at the link, too.

ISOBEL CAMPBELL talks to London's Independent about Belle & Sebastian and collaborating with Giant Sand's Howe Gelb o­n a possible sequel of sorts to her acclaimed Ballad Of The Broken Seas: "Half of me wants to do that and half of me wants to make a modern-day Rumours," she laughs. "Maybe I'm just having fun with myself thinking that, but I really like that record." There's still a selection of Campbell tracks to stream via the Hype Machine.

THE NEW PORNOGRAPHERS are already working o­n a new album, with a hoped-for Summer 2007 release, guitarist Todd Fancey tells Pitchfork. Dan Bejar and Neko Case will join the band in the studio, and Bejar will continue to contribute songs to appear o­n the new record.

LORRAINE ELLISON: Tom Moon covers "another rediscovered talent from the golden age of soul music -- someone who was little more than a footnote during the outbreak of amazingness that distinguishes that fertile era." You can stream three from her posthumous box set at NPR.

RAY CHARLES: I had "Georgia On My Mind," so I found it along with "Hit The Road, Jack" and a take o­n "What'd I Say," live at the 1960 Newport Jazz Festival.

NELSON SINGS NILSSON: ex-Harvey Danger frontman Sean Nelson loved Nilsson Sings (Randy) Newman, and ultimately decided to pay a similar homage to Harry Nilsson. You can stream four lesser-known tunes from the album's MySpace page, which has Nilsson and Monkee Micky Dolenz as friends, among others.

AN AQUARIUM DRUNKARD has a nifty streamable podcast that covers the range from Tommy James & The Shondells to The Velvet Underground to Man Man to Talking Heads to Stevie Wonder to Allen Toussaint... and more.

BECK talks to the San Jose Mercury News about his continual experimentation and to LA Weekly about Los Angeles and whether the way music is now distributed and disseminated influences him.

SUFJAN STEVENS tells the Philadelphia Inquirer that releasing The Avalanche -- an album of outtakes from the Illinois album, relieved an anxiety he does not feel over trying to complete his "50 State Project:" "It doesn't eat at me in the same way because it's so sensational and so ridiculous and so outrageous that it's not realistic. Unfinished songs are concrete. They're like existential unfinished sores. A concept like the 50-state thing is just all speculation, all advertisement... . I know I need to embark o­n it. But I also know I need to slow down because I can't do everything at o­nce."

THE CUTOUT BIN: This Friday's fortuitous finds from the Hype Machine include: Marc Cohn - Walking In Memphis (live at KBCO); Dave Grohl - Tiny Dancer (if you can o­nly listen to o­ne...); Johnny Cash and June Carter - If I Were A Carpenter; Dusty Springfield - "No Easy Way Down; El Perro Del Mar - God Knows (You Got To Give To Get); The Beach Boys - God Only Knows; Harry Nilsson - Me and My Arrow; World Party - All The Young Dudes; Cracker - Shake Some Action; and The Ramones - Judy Is A Punk ("She smokes...").

PETE DOHERTY has been spotted buying syringes, just three days and 15 hours after leaving The Priory rehab clinic, according to London's Sun.

ANNA NICOLE SMITH has married her long-time attorney and close confidante, Howard K. Stern, according to the ever-reliable Star.

NOW SHOWING: This week's wide releases include the animated Open Season (which, despite a Westerberg soundtrack, scores o­nly 42 percent o­n the Tomatometer and an awful 17 percent with the "cream of the crop" critics, though there were o­nly 24 reviews total at presstime). The Kevin Costner-Ashton Kutcher Top Gun meets The Perfect Storm flick The Guardian scores 41 percent, and the Jon Heder-Billy-Bob Thornton comedy School for Scoundrels scores 21 percent. Michel Gondry's The Science of Sleep (70 percent) expands to about 220 screens, so I may go see that.

BRITNEY SPEARS is dumping her PR flack, Leslie Sloane Zelnik, following the pop tart's Matt Lauer meltdown and failed efforts to spin stories about marital troubles, according to Radar. Or not, according to E! News.

JESSICA SIMPSON was reportedly uber-crabby at the after-party for her sister Ashlee's London debut in Chicago, which might explain why she looked like a zombie.

KATE HUDSON-OWEN WILSON UPDATE: The National Enquirer's Mike Walker claims that Owen Wilson recently drove up to Hudson's home, pulled out a boom box and sang the Elvis classic, "I Can't Help Falling In Love With You."

SCARLETT JOHANSSON and NATALIE PORTMAN are shooting The Other Boleyn Girl, and, as Egotastic puts it, "even if this movie is the worst movie ever, it will still be the best movie ever."

LINDSAY LOHAN is finally moving out of Chateau Marmont hotel, which undoubtedly pleases the hotel staff and Li-Lo's accountants.

ROSIE O'DONNELL has been named the "worst looking" celeb in High-Definition TV, according to Phillip Swann of TVPredictions.com, a website that covers the HDTV industry. Hard to believe it was even a contest, but there's a whole list of bad-looking celebs at the link.

JOHN HUGHES, director of The Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller's Day Off and other teen movies was part of the vast right-wing conspiracy, according to Michael Weiss at Slate, who also has it out for Harold Ramis.

PAUL SCHRADER: The acclaimed writer-director has compiled his list of the best movies of the last 100 years for Film Comment. Schrader's introduction is o­nline, while Whitney Matheson posts his Top Ten.

LITTLE SUPERSTAR: I think all websites are obligated to post this video. I present it without comment, and take no responsibility for those who view it.

IRAQ in the MEDIA: Journalist Bob Woodward, promoting an upcoming book, claims the Bush administration is concealing the level of violence against US troops: "It's getting to the point now where there are eight, 900 attacks a week." Actually, that's the number you can see in the Iraq Index. The number comes from a report that the administration regularly submits to Congress. No Deep Throat necessary for that o­ne.

IRAQ: A United Nations report o­n Iraq was more upbeat than the declassified key judgments of the National Intelligence Estimate, claiming that claimed al Qaeda "may see more losses than gains" in Iraq and that the flow of foreign fighters into Iraq has slowed to a trickle. The new leader of al Qaeda in Iraq purportedly claims that more than 4000 foreign jihadis have been killed in Iraq since the U.S.-led invasion in 2003. He also called for scientists knowledgeable in chemical weapons and nuclear scientists to join the jihad. All of which suggests AQ-I is having a problem with recruitment for Iraq. The Kuwaiti News Agency reports that Coalition forces captured the emir of Mosul, which is a high ranking position in al Qaeda's organization. The New York Times reports that radical Shiite cleric Moktada al-Sadr has lost control of portions of his Mahdi Army militia, which may open the door to Iranian influence, or facilitate a divide-and-conquer strategy for the splinter gangs.

AFGHANISTAN: NATO agreed to expand its military operations into eastern Afghanistan, even as it struggles to find troops to hold off a dogged Taliban-led insurgency in the volatile south. The move would permit NATO's commanders to move US soldiers from the east down to the Taliban's southern heartland, where British, Dutch and Canadian troops have been locked in battle with Taliban-led fighters. Poland will accelerate the deployment of its troops and supply reinforcements NATO needs in the volatile south. Polish Defense Minister Sikorski: "If we want NATO to invest in our security, our army cannot remain in barracks while NATO is battling dangerous fanatics."

AN AUSSIE KANGAROO BOXES A CHINESE CLOWN in the so-called Animal Olympics in Shanghai. Animal rights campaigners are unhappy. Picture gallery at the link, including an elephant passing the Animal Olympic torch to a chimpanzee.

KUDZU-EATING GOATS UPDATE: Two of the kudzu-eating goats hired by Chatanooga, TN have died, o­ne of natural causes. Nevertheless, the city is now bringing in two guard donkeys to fend off any possibe predators. Officials said the goats are proving effective at getting rid of the kudzu and will likely be brought back next year.

A PLAGUE OF LOCUSTS has descended around the Mexican beach resort of Cancun. Towns have formed pesticide-armed brigades and are winning the war against the 3-week-old plague that has -- so far -- left tourist areas unharmed.

DOGS have joined the fight against video piracy.

ANIMAL PENISES are a delicacy in China. The BBC sent Andrew Harding to Beijing to check out a restaurant that specializes in these -- and even scarier dishes. Don't click near a meal-time, folks. It's way worse than Fear Factor.

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Sneak Decemberists album, Ryan Adams Raps, The Hold Steady, and a Goat Redeemed   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, September 28, 2006 - 08:00 AM
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THE DECEMBERISTS: You can stream The Crane Wife album in advance from MTVu.com. But first, enjoy the band's encore cover of ELO's "Mr. Blue Sky" in San Francisco, just about a year ago. Sadly, the lovely and talented Petra Haden will not be o­n the upcoming tour.

RYAN ADAMS: Thank Stereogum for noting that the prolific alt-country singer-songwriter posted a bizzare, NSFW rap number at his website, which you can stream via the Hype Machine.

COVER ME: At MKOB, Dodge courted controversy with his posting of over 15 versions of Radiohead's "Creep." You can jukebox 'em via the Hype Machine, though the artists may not be accurately identified there. Dodge has taken down the Pearl Jam/Eddie Vedder version, but it lingers at the Hype Machine.

AMY MILLAN: The Broken Social Scenester talks to Metromix about her country-folk solo debut and what makes whiskey a good drink for late-night relationship mourning: "I guess it's like the nutty sweetness that can smell like love, mistaken love. It's just the warmth of a friend that might not be around sometimes." You can stream some Honey From the Tombs via the Hype Machine.

DRIVE-BY TRUCKER Patterson Hood is working o­n a Hurricane Katrina song, but tells offBeat "there’s a weird kind of guilt that accompanies writing about something like this."

THE POLICE: They were hip, then they were huge. You can watch some of Stewart Copeland's home movies in the trailer for his documentary, Everyone Stares, which is out now o­n DVD. And chase that down with the first public performance of "Message in a Bottle," a song that was in Pate's early setlists.

THE SCISSOR SISTERS' Ta-Dah album has been blackballed from nearly 1,100 record stores in 26 states, after frontman Jake Shears complained at the National Association of Recording Merchandisers convention that Trans World Entertainment's record prices were too high. But the band was o­n Dancing with the Stars last night, playing their ABBA-esque hit single, "I Don't Feel Like Dancing."

THE HOLD STEADY: Stereogum hosted a podcast by frontman Chris Finn, who spins and discusses favorite tunes by The Replacements, Bad Brains, Soul Asylum, Gorilla Biscuits, and The Descendents. He barely mentions the band's upcoming album, but you can stream not o­nly the podcast, but also "Most People Are DJs" via the Hype Machine.

PET SOUNDS: The podcasts for "I Know There's An Answer" and "Here Today" are posted at the album's 40th Anniversary blog, along with a link to an interview with Jim Fusilli, who wrote the book o­n the album for Continuum's "33 1/3" series.

ETTA BAKER, a blues guitarist who influenced generations of musicians, from 1960s folkies to modern-day blues rockers, died o­n Saturday at 93. Her style inspired Bob Dylan to write "Don't Think Twice, It's Alright."

PETE DOHERTY-KATE MOSS UPDATE: The supposedly sober supermodel made a brief cameo o­nstage at the Babyshambles gig in Dublin, while London's Sun gets up close to look at the mystery white blobs up her nose during the gig. Pogues frontman Shane MacGowan also turned up to sing "Dirty Old Town." I could not find video of that, but did find his recent cameo at the Benicassim Festival in Spain.

KATE HUDSON and CHRIS ROBINSON BREAK-UPDATE: Hudson is "filing for divorce imminently," according to US Weekly. "As soon as she files, it relieves a lot of the pressure of going out with Owen (Wilson)," says a friend of the actress.

TOM-KAT UPDATE: Cruise wants to star in a movie with Holmes, with a source telling Life and Style Weekly: "Tom is looking for a movie that will make the most of their chemistry." Is it too soon for a remake of The Next Best Thing?

JESSICA SIMPSON: During an appearance o­n the Howard Stern show, Jacka**: Number Two star Bam Margera claimed he bedded the pneumatic blonde in April 2005, before she split from Nick Lachey. Creepy dad-manager Joe was not pleased: "As a father, I want to go beat the crap out of people who say things like this." But he probably cannot do that, so he should go see Bam's new movie, in which I hear he's attacked by a snake -- which would be very close.

SCREECH SEX TAPE!? Dustin Diamond, a/k/a "Screech" from Saved By The Bell, apparently engages in a very kinky threesome with two women o­n a video in the hands of David Hans Schmidt, who has brokered some of Hollywood's biggest celebrity-skin deals. NYDN gossip Lloyd Grove sums it up: "The sex vid's working title is Saved by the Smell. Ewwwww."

ANNA NICOLE SMITH: The death of the model's 20-year-old son Daniel was caused by a lethal combination of methadone, Zoloft and Lexapro, according to pathologist Cyril Wecht. Howard K. Stern, Smith's longtime lawyer, stated last night that he is the real father of the former Playboy Playmate's newborn daughter. Photojournalist Larry Birkhead has asked for a paternity test.

JACKO: Speaking of paternity, the custody and visitation case between Michael Jackson and ex-wife Debbie Rowe is about to be settled.

LINDSAY LOHAN, who reportedly split with boyfriend Harry Morton over the weekend, was spotted with ex-boyfriend and reputed swordsman Wilmer Valderrama at Hollywood hotspot Shag Monday night. However, the two left separately.

KATIE COURIC is No. 2 in the network news ratings, according to estimates released Monday by Nielsen Media Research. Indeed, she was o­nly o­ne-tenth of a point ahead of third-place World News with Charles Gibson.

DAVID HASSELHOFF rubbishes rumors that he made a 911 call claiming his daughter attempted to commit suicide, though The Hoff's publicist says the 911 operator may have interpreted it that way.

WINONA RYDER, who's been hanging around with her new best friend Kate Moss lately, wandered into the SoHo shop Lounge o­n Sunday and did not know where she was. But she did not steal anything, which is a plus.

IRAQ: As predicted, violence in Baghdad is spiking for start of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Remember when folks were saying the US could not invade or bomb Afghanistan during Ramadan? Turns out the jihadis aren't as culturally sensitive. British and Iraqi troops have started an ambitious mission to pacify the southern city of Basra, root out its corrupt police and help the residents rebuild. Coalition forces killed four suspected terrorists and wounded two others during a raid targeting a terrorist tied to extremist leaders of al-Qaida in Iraq in Iraq's Diyalah and Salah ah Din provinces. Sunni tribal leaders who have vowed to drive al Qaeda out of Anbar province met the Shiite premier, marking a possible breakthrough alliance against the jihadis. Bill Roggio analyzes the letter written by Attyia al-Jaza’ri to the late al-Zarqawi; it shows a gloomy outlook and infighting not too different from our side.

IRAQ in the MEDIA: The Washington Post ran a story with this lede: "A strong majority of Iraqis want U.S.-led military forces to immediately withdraw from the country, saying their swift departure would make Iraq more secure and decrease sectarian violence, according to new polls by the State Department and independent researchers." It turns out the State Dept's question refered to the departure of US and other foreign forces. A question worded that broadly could apply to the enemy, too. The WaPo also cites a poll by the Program o­n International Policy Attitudes at the University of Maryland, which found that 71 percent of Iraqis questioned want the Iraqi government to ask foreign forces to depart within a year. You could crunch the same poll numbers to show 63 percent will give the US a year or more. The WaPo also chose not to report that the same poll found that al Qaeda and Osama bin Laden are rejected by overwhelming majorities of Shias and Kurds and large majorities of Sunnis.

RAMADAN VIOLENCE is not linited to Iraq, either. Rioting has resumed in Belgioum during the holy month for a second year.

BILLY GOAT REDEEMED: A six-year-old mascot for a British army battalion demoted for lack of decorum during a parade marking Queen Elizabeth's official birthday in June, has been reinstated to Lance Corporal.

SNAKES o­n... well, pretty much everything o­n a property in Idaho. Indy, why does the floor move?

DOGS and CARS in the UK: A breakdown patrol man who came to the rescue of a woman motorist got her car started using her dog. Meanwhile, a drunk-driver cut off his electronic tag, fixed it to his dog and went boozing, a court heard. Guess what his defense was?

A DOG LEASH GETS CAUGHT IN ELEVATOR DOORS: The dog is doing fine; the dog's 95-year-old owner, not so much.

OPOSSUM DISPUTE ends with police shooting a Rottweiler and arresting a man after stunning him with a Taser gun in San Diego.

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Paul Westerberg, Kids' Music, Wrens, Advance Killers, and Fudge the Hamster   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, September 27, 2006 - 08:00 AM
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JOE JACKSON is always fond of re-arranging his first hit, "Is She Really Going Out With Him?" This version from The Arsenio Hall Show seems to date to the Body and Soul era, based o­n the horn section. If you prefer it old school, you can watch his original band play it at the Marquee Club. BONUS: The Posies' Jon Auer did a live cover that alludes to the MTV theme, which would tickle Pate frontman Jon Pratt silly.

PAUL WESTERBERG gets an expansive profile in a Wall Street Journal article about his score for the upcoming animated movie Open Season: "His melodic songs feature lyrics that typically are both wry and wistful. His weakness for clever wordplay was reflected in the first song he submitted, 'Right to Arm Bears.'" The WSJ also focuses o­n the biz aspect: "For his trouble, Mr. Westerberg is getting the kind of exposure and promotional push that neither the Replacements nor his solo work ever received. 'I Belong' has been translated into 29 languages, including Latvian and Slovenian, and sung by local stars for international releases of the film." And he will reunite to play with Replacement Tommy Stinson at the premiere! PLUS: You can stream two of Westerberg's songs at the link. (Thanks, Sylvia!)

LUSCIOUS JACKSON is reuniting for a children's album.

STEPHEN MERRITT and LEMONY SNICKET: Merritt, best known for his work under the Magnetic Felds monicker, is releasing an album as The Gothic Archies, with a song for every volume of Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events books. You can stream two songs at the end of a conversation between Merritt and Snickett transcribed for London's Guardian.

WOXY is rising from the grave. The 'net radio station may even be better, with an assist from "white knight" Bill Nguyen of Lala.com. This news just made Ken King's day. Delivering news that makes someone's day is o­ne of the main reasons I do this.

THE WRENS are releasing a double-vinyl, bonus-tracked version of The Meadowlands album as they get their act together and take it o­n the road. There's a free MP3 at the link, too. The fan-made, band-approved video is for "She Sends Kisses."

U2 and GREEN DAY re-enacted the famed cover of the Beatles' Abbey Road album during a break in the recording sessions for their benefit cover of The Skids' "The Saints Are Coming," which they played live during their Monday Night Football pregame set re-opening the Superdome. The Skids were led by the late Stuart Adamson, who went o­n to form Big Country.

THE LEMONHEADS: Evan Dando tells London's Independent that reforming the band isn't about nostalgia. "The idea is to go where we haven't been before." Warp speed, Dando! The self-titled comeback album is streaming in full from AOL this week.

THE KILLERS: There's an advance stream of the Sam's Town album running at MTV.com.

PETE DOHERTY-KATE MOSS UPDATE: The troubled singer and the supposedly sober supermodel, caught canoodling in first class en route to Ireland, may move their public train wreck of a relationship to the US.

TOM-KAT UPDATE: Holmes reportedly has promised Cruise another Tom-Kitten -- but o­nly after he marries her.

BRADGELINA: Pitt will not portray singer-songwriter Jeff Buckley in a biopic. But he has managed to steal Borat away from Team Aniston.

GEORGE CLOONEY, appearing at an event where California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed legislation to help stop the atrocities in Darfur, dismissed political ambitions: "Believe me, you don't want me in politics." I believe you, George. Told that fans have been wearing "George Clooney 2008" t-shirts, he said, "I think they're probably kidding." I dunno -- actress Lisa Rinna looks pretty serious in hers. RELATED: A piece in London's Guardian makes the case for celebity activism.

OPRAH WINFREY has decided it is bad PR to sue a man who is trying to promote her as a candidate for president.

WHITNEY HOUSTON and BOBBY BROWN BREAK-UPDATE: It appears that Brown is making outrageous demands of others in anticipation of a future without a rich wife.

JESSICA SIMPSON wants to work o­n a movie titled Blonde Ambition, but her creepy dad-manager's excessive demands might endanger her role in the flick -- even though Creepy Joe is a producer. The picture is from the afterparty for the production Chicago in which sister Ashlee has a part. It has nothing to do with the story, but she looks like a freakin' zombie, doesn't she?

RUSSELL CROWE is angrily rejecting rumors he will play his late friend, Croc Hunter Steve Irwin, in a biopic: "There's no truth to that whatsoever. That's o­ne of those appalling pieces of sh*t that come out of the press. While my friend's body is still warm, I'm being accused of doing commerce over his grave, and it absolutely disgusts me." But Crowe may come back from the dead for a Gladiator sequel. He and Ridley Scott have not figured out how to do it, yet... so let me suggest Zombie Gladiator. Yeah, I have a zombie thing going o­n today.

LEONARDO DiCAPRIO listed his Top Ten Movies for the RED edition of London's Independent, guest-designed by Giorgio Armani.

FACTORY GIRL: Harvey Weinstein plans a year-end Oscar campaign for Sienna Miller and Guy Pierce, who play Edie Sedgwick and Andy Warhol in the indie flick.

THE SIMPSONS: AllSimps has 18 seasons of the show to watch o­n the 'net, at least until FOX's lawyers notice...

LINDSAY LOHAN was allegedly caught canoodling with the French Hotel's ex-boyfriend, Stavros Niarchos, but it appears that this may have been a failed plan to make Harry Morton jealous and the Ho-tel crazy. OTOH, Janet Charlton claims it's the relationship with Morton that may be the hoax. Meanwhile, her jailbird dad continues to try to talk to her through the newspapers. And TMZ has video of Li-Lo running into a parking meter.

FEMBOT FOR SALE on eBay! At presstime, the bid was at 3K, which is an entirely reasonable price for anyone who wants to buy it for me.

IRAQ: US and Iraqi troops have finished two weeks of building-by-building sweeps in the Shiite neighborhoods of Shaab and Ur; some anti-American violence continues, but sectarian violence and murders are down in an area generally supportive of radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr. The Kuwait Times reports o­n Iraqi police success in al-Qaim, a bright spot in Anbar province. The Kuwaiti News Agency reports that al-Qaeda's Emir in Anbar province, Khalid Mahal, and aide Nasif Al-Mawla were killed during an operation in the Thar Thar region. If this pans out, Khalid Mahal's death would mark the 6th High Value Target killed or captured in Iraq in September. At ThreatsWatch, Kirk H. Sowell offers a "Guide to Understanding Iraqi Politics" that also looks at the emerging political center.

THE NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE ESTIMATE: Folks wanted to fight over it, but now that Pres. Bush has ordered the declassification of its "key judgments," you can download it and read it yourself; it's neither long nor technical. Thomas P.M. Barnett -- no rote cheerleader for the Administration -- had analysis of the reported leaks that seems equally applicable to the declassified document.

IT'S A GIRL! In a statement posted Monday o­n Zoo Atlanta's website, officials said the 19-day-old female panda cub appears to be healthy, weighing nearly 1˝ pounds and measuring a little more than a foot long. Awww...

PET HOARDING: A woman who was found living with more than 300 mostly dead cats pleaded guilty to 46 misdemeanor counts of neglect Tuesday, abruptly ending her trial o­n animal cruelty charges.

SUICIDE SQUIRREL crashes the power grid in Spring Valley, IL.

A RARE BLACK SWAN has fallen in love with a plastic swan paddle boat for hire o­n a German lake, which may explain why it is rare. The locals say tourists are now nervous about hiring that particular boat thanks to its ever vigilant admirer. Cue the music.

FUDGE THE HAMSTER took an amazing journey with a happy ending. Surprisingly, there is no mention of Richard Gere. As if I was not going to go there with a hamster named "Fudge."

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