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Turtles, Pitchfork Previews, Bowie Bonds, Sparks, and Tame Foxes   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, July 26, 2006 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: kbade


THE TURTLES: Flo & Eddie, back when they were "Happy Together." May 14, 1967, to be exact.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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New Releases, Bad Lyrics, Wussy Songs, the Mighty Quinn and a Judicious Cow   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, July 25, 2006 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: kbade


THE NEW YORK DOLLS: A cartoon David Johansen (is that redundant?) romances a creationist in the video for "Dance Like A Monkey" from the Dolls' new LP. As it's twofer Tuesday, I cannot resist a vintage Dolls performance of the similarly simian-themed "Stranded In The Jungle" o­n Don Kirshner's... Rock Concert. And because I can, I'll throw in "Personality Crisis" and a twofer of "Looking For A Kiss" and "Jet Boy" for good measure.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Smoosh, Decemberists, Harvey Girls, and Semi-trained Monkeys   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, July 24, 2006 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: kbade


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

U2 is building the biggest skyscraper in Dublin.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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XTC, More Top Videos, Nilsson, Cutout Bin, and a Kitty and Monkey Are Friends   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, July 21, 2006 - 08:00 AM
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...with SPINAL TAP. Pate used to cover "Gimme Some Money," but few have seen color footage of the Thamesmen playing it (and that set reminds me of the Razzbar). The band's first hit as Spinal Tap, however, was "(Listen To The) Flower People," which is presented in full here. Finally, there's Tap playing "Stonehenge" live in Japan, where they don't have the problem with the undersized replica.

XTC: Andy Partridge talks to Paste magazine about the nervous breakdown that transformed the band into a studio outfit, songwriting and more... You can get a dose of the band via the Hype Machine.

PITCHFORK PREVIEW: The Pitchfork Music Festival is next weekend, so Rewritable Content is streaming tunes from bands playing the fest.

THE TOP 100 MUSIC VIDEOS OF ALL TIME reaches the final coundown at Stylus.

TAPES 'N' TAPES: The current buzz band from MN talks about preferring to make albums as a piece of music, the benefits of being an opening act (as they will be at the Pitchfork Fest), and how how music blogs and Pitchfork were instrumental in their sudden semi-success. You can hear four cuts from The Loon via MySpace.

THE LOST NILSSON DOCUMENTARY: Harry Nilsson and producer Richard Perry filmed the recording of Son of Schmilsson for a documentary called Did Somebody Drop His Mouse? Nilsson ultimately torpedoed the project. Insofar as the existing film has a structure at all, it is built around the recording session for "I'd Rather Be Dead," which features a busload of pensioners and which someone has posted o­nYouTube.

WEEKEND CUTOUT BIN: More fortuitous finds from the Hype Machine include: Elvis Costello - "(The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes"; The Jesus & Mary Chain - "Some Candy Talking"; The Raveonettes - "That Great Love Sound"; The Art of Noise with Duane Eddy - "Peter Gunn Theme"; Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons - "Walk Like a Man"; Roy Orbison - "Pretty Woman"; Badfinger - "Without You"; Junior Walker And The All-Stars - "What Does It Take (To Win Your Love)"; Led Zeppelin - "Georgia o­n My Mind"; Ike & Tina Turner - "Whole Lotta Love"; Sly and the Family Stone - "Hot Fun In The Summertime"; and Everclear - "A.M. Radio."

99 YEARS: The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals quotes Cash, Dylan and Springsteen in a case involving the federal sentencing guidelines.

LEONARD COHEN: The soundtrack to the tribute documentary, I'm Your Man, featuring U2, Nick Cave, Beth Orton, Rufus and Martha Wainwright, Teddy Thompson and more, is streaming at VH1 in advance of next week's release. You may have to turn off your pop-up blocker to get the site's media player.

HAMMER OF THE GODS will hook you up with a whole lotta Zeppelin bootlegs.

A LIST OF THE TOP TEN ROCK INSULT SONGS that ignores Bob Dylan!? What was AskMen thinking? It's not like "Ballad Of A thin Man" or "Positively 4th Street" are obscure songs...

IT'S FUN to stay in the J-A-I-L. You can hang out with all the boys. Cue the music!

NOW SHOWING: This week's wide releases are the Kevin Smith sequel Clerks II (currently scoring 67 percent o­n the Tomatometer), the Spielberg-Zemeckis animated project Monster House (66 percent), the looked-good-on-paper My Super Ex-Girlfriend (45 percent, but a near-fresh 58 percent with "cream of the crop" critics), and the M. Night Shyamalan fairy-tale thriller Lady In the Water (26 percent and o­nly 17 percent with the "cream of the crop" -- what was Paul Giamatti thinking?).

CLERKS II was a movie everyone close to Kevin Smith thought he shouldn't make, at least until they saw a script.

CHRISTIE BRINKLEY BREAK-UPDATE: The media frenzy continues unabated, with the NYDN quoting the mother of the teen in the middle of the Christie Brinkley-Peter Cook breakup as calling Cook a "predator" and the NYP reporting o­n the 15 million dollar "love shack" Cook allegedly used to get down and dirty with his 19-year-old employee.

BRADGELINA: Maddox Jolie-Pitt was voted the cutest celebrity child in a poll by Life and Style magazine. The top ten are at the link.

LINDSAY LOHAN had her BlackBerry invaded by someone who sent her friends "disgusting and very mean messages." The French Hotel's rep denied any involvement.

GEORGE CLOONEY has broken up with director-producer Steven Soderbergh and partnered up with Good Night and Good Luck's Grant Heslov. The man clearly has commitment issues.

JESSICA BIEL: That charity lunch date with Esquire magazine's Sexiest Woman Alive went for 30K to someone named... wait for it... "John."

JUDE LAW and SIENNA MILLER may still be an item, but Law reportedly flew halfway across the world to confront Miller about claims she's been cheating o­n him with co-star James Franco. Miller says there's nothing between her Franco, though she told Law that Franco has written poems for her.

DAKOTA FANNING: The 12-year-old star's next role apparently calls for her character to be raped in o­ne explicit scene and to appear naked or clad o­nly in "underpants" in several other horrifying moments. But she finds solace in the music of Elvis Presley, so we should not find it totally creepy.

PAM ANDERSON, XTINA AGUILERA and the FRENCH HOTEL are all inflatable dolls. But you suspected as much, didn't you?

PAM ANDERSON may be in trouble with her PETA friends if they find out she's a partner in a restaurant that serves lobster and foie gras...

MADONNA is reportedly back o­n track with husband Guy Ritchie and considering adopting a child, according to Guy's father. And why not? All the A-Listers are adopting these days.

THE BIG LEBOWSKI: The F---ing Short Version. There's some profanity involved.  BONUS:  Kenny Rogers & The First Edition - "Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)."

JIHAD IN SWITZERLAND: No, really. It's making the Alpine nation reassess its historical policy of political neutrality. Actually, Switzerland has been less than neutral before, but they might pick the right side this time.

IRAQ: Grand Ayatollah Ali Al-Sistani called for an end to sectarian violence, as Maj. Gen. William Caldwell said insurgents were streaming into the capital for "an all-out assault against the Baghdad area." Iraqi and coalition soldiers surrounded and entered two cities just west of Kirkuk, searching for suspected al Qaeda terrorists at the request of local Sunni Arab leaders. Stars and Stripes reported o­n the results of a poll of military readers in Iraq, though the self-selecting sample may skew the results. In LOndon's Observer Music Monthly, reporter Jason Burke writes -- with some measure of humor -- about his Iraq soundtrack.

MIDEAST CONFLICT: The Counterterrorism Blog notes that most of Europe hasn't designated Hezbollah is a terror group, due in part to France's resistance to cutting off its own ties with Hezbollah (even though France designates Hezbollah's Security Chief as a terrorist). Meanwhile, Germany and France are especially worried about possible attacks from Hezbollah. Go figure. Meanwhile, the conflict continues to make strange bedfellows. A leading Saudi Sheik pronounced a fatwa against Hezbollah (which makes sense coming from a Wahhabi). But Slate's Jacob Weisberg and HBO's Bill Maher are defending the Bush Administration, which will get them disinvited to any number of cocktail parties, and probably a lot of anti-Semitic e-mails.

AWWW... A KITTY AND A MONKEY! You can see more pics and learn about their friendship through Cityrag.

A STOLEN BOLIVIAN SQUIRREL MONKEY has been found alive, playing with children o­n a housing estate in South London.

DROP the chihuahuas!

A SNIFFER DOG is employed by the Bumblebee Conservation Trust to find bumblebee nests in the Outer Hebrides and halt the insects’ steady slide towards UK extinction.

DOGS are digging their meat-flavored designer water.

THE GOD GATOR: A four-foot-long alligator in Wisconsin has white markings against a backdrop of black scales that form the letters G-O-D. Those who have seen the gator liken its markings to images resembling the Virgin Mary that have appeared o­n everything from a grilled cheese sandwich to a viaduct under the Kennedy Expressway. Rev. Philip Wilde, a nearby pastor, said he views the markings as a coincidence of nature.

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ODE WITH BILLIE JOE:  Elvis Costello and Billy Joe Amstrong tackle "Allison" unpluggety for VH1’s Decades Rock Live, which is hosting a clip of Elvis with Death Cab For Cutie playing "Accidents Will Happen." The duo is also seen performing Green Day's "Good Riddance" in a bootleg video.

MORE OF THE TOP 100 MUSIC VIDEOS OF ALL TIME are revealed at Stylus, including Chris Issak, Talking Heads, Guns 'n' Roses leaving the cake out in the rain, and Fatboy Slim's "Weapon of Choice."

TOMMY KEENE says he can die happy, having played guitar for two of his generation's greatest songwriters -- Paul Westerberg and Robert Pollard. Keene's no slouch himself,as you can hear from MySpace.

JON WURSTER of Superchunk also toured with Robert Pollard and gave Harp magazine an amusing tour diary about being bitten in the face by Tommy Keene's dog, the "Pollard Posse," The Sopranos' Michael Imperioli, and more.

DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS frontman Patterson Hood tells Boston's Dig that "Southern Rock" died when Lynyrd Skynyrd's plane crashed. There's a Don McLean joke in there somewhere.

CAMERA OBSCURA frontwoman Tracyanne Campbell talks to Rolling Stone about Let's Get Out of This Country, which they recorded outside of the band's native Scotland. You can stream the whole album from Merge Records -- just scroll down at the link to find it.

THE SADIES have tracks from the upcoming album streaming from YepRoc, with Neko Case, Jon Langford and The Band's Garth Hudson among the cameos.

TIM O'REAGAN: The former Jayhawks drummer gets an audio feature and streaming songs from his self-titled disc, which has cameos from various Jayhawks alumni.

JULIANA HATFIELD gets an interview and a career overview in the Boston Phoenix.

PETE DOHERTY UPDATE: The troubled singer was spotted talking with ex-bandmate Carl Barat for the first time since Barat had Doherty booted from the Libertines.

CHRISTIE BRINKLEY BREAK-UPDATE: Now that the supermodel has separated from Peter Cook over a reported affair with a 19-year-old aspiring singer, the press has gone to singer Samantha Cole, who was 19 when she dated Cook -- at the same time she was working for Cook, who was also dating Brinkley. Cole spoke to the New York Post. And there's video at the ET website. Unsurprisingly, Brinkley's mom calls Cook "a no-good SOB."

DAVE NAVARRO and CARMEN ELECTRA BREAK-UPDATE: Navarro denies having a girlfriend and living with someone in NYC, presumably referring to silicone-enhanced socialite Sarah Howard.

DENISE RICHARDS will appear naked -- save for some clear balloons --in an upcoming issue of Jane magazine, to benefit the Clothes Off Our Back charitable foundation. The pics do not seem to have leaked to the internet yet, but -- as a service to Pate readers -- I will keep an eye peeled for them.

TOM-KAT UPDATE: Actress (and Scientologist) Leah Remini claims to have seen the Tom-Kitten and deems her normal looking.

SIENNA MILLER and JUDE LAW are still an item, according to a Miller flack denying rumors that Miller had started a romance with her latest leading man, James Franco.

UN-SILENT BOB: Good Morning America film critic Joel Siegel stormed out 40 minutes into a press screening of Kevin Smith's Clerks II, roaring, "Time to go! First movie I've walked out of in 30 (bleeping) years!" to his fellow critics after a scene in which a "donkey show" is discussed. Smith responded o­n his blog that he couldn't fault Siegel for feeling "revolted," but could fault him for the manner in which he left the screening, in the midst of a lengthy and profanity-laced critique of Siegel's work. Siegel and Smith hashed it out o­n The Opie and Anthony Show Wednesday (the audio is available at the last two links). But the funny part of the last link is that, in the comments, someone joked that Smith would soon appear to defend himself -- and he did. But what should you expect from the man who wrote: "The Internet is a communication tool used the world over where people can come together to b*tch about movies and share pornography with o­ne another."

BRITNEY SPEARS reads -- and quotes -- poet William Blake? Seems unlikely to me.

JFK, JR. was impaired when he plunged his plane into the Atlantic, according to best-selling Kennedy author C. David Heymann, who also alleges a cover-up by the FAA and the NTSB. I'm not buying it. If John-John plunged his vehicle into the water while under the influence and the government looked the other way, he would have survived the incident and would be a US Senator by now.

SNAKES ON A PLANE will not be shown to critics in advance of its release. I am shocked to discover gambling at Rick's Cafe Americain!

COLIN FARRELL reportedly used to consume 20 ecstasy tablets, four grams of coke, six grams of speed, half an ounce of hash, three bottles of Jack Daniels, 12 bottles of red wine, 60 pints and 280 cigarettes weekly, but claims he has been clean for six months and credits his three-year-old son with making him want to live a long life.

JESSICA SIMPSON was caught canoodling with comedian and co-star Dane Cook at an L.A. nightclub. But based o­n the video for "A Public Affair," it looks like she's got something going with an ice cream cone. The pneumatic blonde was in NYC yesterday to premiere the video o­n MTV's Total Request Live, where hostess (and Nick Lachey galpal) Vanessa Minnillo was mysteriously absent.

EDU-BLOGGING: It's really bad that I forgot to mention the 75th Carnival of Education, as it's got audio and video extras! But the latest Carnival does not seem to be posted yet, so I forgive myself.

MIDEAST CONFLICT: The Counterterrorism Blog notes more overlooked facts regarding the conflict, including another reason the Saudis are condemning Hezbollah. There's also a post summarizing illegal Hezbollah activities across North America. Thomas P.M. Barnett has a thought-provoking analysis of the situation, regardless of whether you agree with it. The list of nations blaming Hezbollah and Hamas for the current conflict now includes Canada. At ITM, Omar describes how the religious aspects of the conflict seem to be echoing in Iraq. But Saddam is warning Syria about getting too close to Iran. If Miss Lebanon and Miss Israel can be friends, can't they all just get along?

IRAQ: Prime Minister al-Maliki is looking for ways to end the presence in his country of an Iranian opposition group. The British troops in Basra not o­nly killed a number of al-Qaeda leaders (as noted here yesterday), but also uncovered two tons of terrorist weapons and equipment. The Counterterrorism Blog considers possible Turkish intervention in the north. In Ramadi, the AP's relentlessly negative Antonio Casteneda considers Mr. Wilson leaving the city's center as a symbol, ignoring the Coalition's new strategy there, which has already showing signs of success.

HOUDINI the BURMESE PYTHON underwent surgery in Idaho after swallowing an entire queen-size electric blanket — with the electrical cord and control box.

A NEWBORN BELUGA WHALE cleared three huge milestones -- birth, breath and bonding -- at Chicago's Shedd Aquarium. Cute pics at the link.

A RUNAWAY CIRCUS KANGAROO is roaming the green hills of Ireland after escaping near the picturesque port of Kinsale. Fortunately, Ireland is basking in near record temperatures more typical of Australia than Ireland's temperate maritime climate.

THE "DOG GIRL" brought up by a pack of dogs o­n a rundown farm near the village of Novaya Blagoveschenka in Ukraine is reunited with her parents at age 23, but it's too late to teach her many new tricks.

AN ALBINO SQUIRREL has been sighted in Arkansas City. Pic at the link.

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