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New Radiohead, Hylozoists, Cutout Bin, Fugitive Bear and Country Dogs   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, June 22, 2006 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: kbade


RADIOHEAD debuted a new song, "All I Need," in Chicago and it's turned up o­n YouTube (for now). The sound, which is surprisingly good for a bootleg video, has also turned up o­n the Hype Machine.

TOP OF THE POPS: The venerable BBC music showcase that inspired songs from The Kinks and The Smithereens, has been cancelled after a 42 year run that began with the Rolling Stones, who sang "I Wanna Be Your Man."

CENTRO-MATIC frontman Will Johnson tells PopMatters, "everything artistic stands at that brink of total confusion and possible failure versus falling to the other side of something truly memorable and exciting to your heart." He also talks about the latest Cento-Matic album, Fort Recovery, his other projects and more. PopMatters also has a bunch 'o' Centro-Matic MP3 links for you.

FIERY FURNACES: The brother-sister act got an audio feature o­n Fresh Air that's streaming from NPR. Their latest album, Bitter Tea just got a nice write-up in the City Pages of the Twin Cities, o­n top of generally favorable reviews via Metacritic. You can stream 'em via the Hype Machine.

DON'T BELIEVE THE HYPE: Q magazine's manufacture of a buzz band o­n MySpace is the jumping-off point for a piece in London's Guardian surveying rock hype going back to "Colonel" Tom Parker.

CALEXICO: Joey Burns tailors his explanation of the band's sound to his audience: "People ask what kind of music we play," he says. "Since I live in Tucson, if I'm talking to a border patrol agent in Arizona, I start mentioning pedal steel or trumpets. If I'm talking to an indie rocker, I mention Smog, Latin Playboys or Manu Chao as influences." You can stream 'em via the Hype Machine.

HYLOZOISTS is an instrumental orch-pop ensemble comprised of members of the Sadies, Tricky Woo and other bands, but multi-instrumentalist/producer/arranger Paul Aucoin tells NOW that the band has its own distinct sound. That seems true, based o­n the tracks streaming from MySpace, some but not all of which feature those multiple vibraphones.

RICHARD ASHCROFT: The former Verve frontman was arrested after bursting into a local youth club near his wife's home and demanding to work with teenagers. Apparently, alcohol was involved.

TILLY & THE WALL: Flagpole maintains that the band's second LP, Bottoms of Barrels, erases the claims of gimmickry that inevitably follow when you have a tap dancer instead of a drummer. The band is o­n the Team Love label, which allows bands to post tracks o­nline. You can download the whole album for free via the label's website.

THE CUTOUT BIN: Here's another helping of tracks found o­n the Hype Machine while I was looking for something else. The Who - "A Quick o­ne, While He's Away" (check out John Entwistle's bass); The Lyres - "Help You Ann" (a neo-garage classic); The Velvet Underground - "White Light/White Heat" (oh, to have Nanook of the North's cover); Nico - "These Days" (co-written by Jackson Browne, iirc); Billy Bragg - "Accident Waiting to Happen" (Billy rawks out with a band); Fountains Of Wayne - "...Baby o­ne More Time" (yep, that song); The Wonders - "That Thing You Do" (written by Adam Schlesinger of Fountains Of Wayne); The Mountain Goats - "You're So Vain" (yep, that song); The Kinks - "Waterloo Sunset" (an all-time great song); Marvin Gaye - "Can I Get a Witness" (an all-time great performer).

DIRTY PRETTY THINGS: Former Libertines Carl Barat and Gary Powell are members of this band, which just secured a US release of their debut disc, Waterloo through Interscope August 8th, to coincide with a mini-tour of the States. But why wait until then, when you can stream them from the Hype Machine?

PETE DOHERTY UPDATE: Stereogum received pics from a Swedish reader of Barat and Powell's former bandmate getting into a bar brawl in Stockholm. And he's planning to publish his diaries, detailing his music career, battle with drugs and brief, turbulent relationship with Kate Moss. The singer failed to attend an event at London's Boogaloo pub to celebrate the deal.

BRITNEY SPEARS and Spenderline recently went o­n vacation in Florida, but Spears reportedly rented two houses so they didnít have to stay together, according to In Touch Weekly. Meanwhile, US Weekly had experts analyze Spearsís body language during her sit-down with Matt Lauer o­n Dateline NBC. Former FBI polygraph examiner and criminal profiler Jack Timarco thought she wasn't being honest when she said her marriage was fabulous; he also flagged her non-denial that she banished Spenderline to the basement of their home. Adding to the friction is Spenderline wanting their baby's "manny" fired.

JAMES BLUNT awakens a five-year-old girl from a coma. Usually, his music has the opposite effect. And I would say that even if he hadn't bagged Petra Nemcova with it.

BRADGELINA: Jolie's CNN interview beat all cable-news competition in the slot, doubling viewers and tripling the coveted 25-54 demo. But the L.A. Times called it a milestone marking CNN's turn away from real news coverage. And to rub it in, the paper ran "How to Shop for Kids the Brangelina Way," based o­n Jolie's comment that she and Pitt are "looking at different countries" from which to adopt their next child. fishbowlNY notes that Forbes magazine has fallen into Jolie's "exclusive" trap.

WILLIAM SHATNER, Tom Brokaw, Regis Philbin and legendary director James Burrows are joining the Academy of Television Art & Sciences Hall of Fame. RELATED: Matt Damon may be the new Captain Kirk.

TOM-KAT UPDATE: Has Andrew Morton, the infamous biographer of Princess Diana been scared off a Cruise tell-all by certain religious types? Or is he working o­n making it a TV special?

NICOLE KIDMAN: With her wedding to Keith Urban imminent, I've been seeing her o­n the infotainment TV shows. And like Tyler Durden, it's occurred to me that she is looking kinda scary lately.

JIM CARREY and JENNY McCARTHY: Caught canoodling. Obviously. And eew.

LINDSAY LOHAN and SEAN "PUFFY" COMBS allegedly had a confrontation over table space at a tres chic NYC nightclub. Page Six seemingly blames Lohan, but the NYDN's Rush & Molloy puts it o­n Puffy. It's Roshomon for the ridiculous.

THE APPROVAL MATRIX: New York magazine's graph of the highbrow and lowbrow spotlights the tambourine in Xtina's new song. I haven't heard it, but those who know me know I like a good tambourine almost as much as a good cowbell.

OWEN WILSON was thisclose to enlisting in the Marines, until he discovered they really don't battle lava monsters with swords.

JESSICA SIMPSON is supposedly devastated that ex-hubby Nick Lachey is dating ex-friend and ET infobabe Vanessa Minnillo. So she'll be thrilled to discover the details of the couple's trysts turning up in Star magazine and US Weekly.

REESE WITHERSPOON denies she is pregnant in a lawsuit she has filed against Star magazine.

ANNE HATHAWAY, next starring in The Devil Wears Prada, says co-star Stanley Tucci kept smacking and elbowing her breasts. She adds that "He wasn't doing it to be like a dirty old man," but really. When she confronted him about it, "Stanley got really flustered and he said: 'What do you expect, you're flinging those melons around like it's harvest season!'" As if he didn't see her NSFW work in Brokeback Mountain and then rent Havoc.

EDU-BLOGGING: It may be summer vacation for the kids, but the 72nd Carnival Of Education is o­nline.

IRAQ: At ITM, Omar reports o­n the latest bizarre rumor around Baghdad. The Coalition has transferred authority for a major portion of the northern Baghdad region to the 9th Iraqi Army Division. And it appears that the US has found 500 chemical weapons in Iraq since 2003. However, a senior Defense Department official pointed out that they are thought to predate 1991 and were not in useable conditions.

IRAQ IN THE MEDIA: The New York Times ran stories today o­n the eight US servicemen charged with premeditated murder, kidnapping and conspiracy in the shooting death of an Iraqi civilian in April, and o­n relatives honoring Pfc. Kristian Menchaca, o­ne of the two US soldiers tortured and killed near Yusufiya. Sadly, these two stories are a microcosm of how the NYT and other media outlets cover US troops, which is to say they generally don't unless they are suspected of committing war crimes or are captured by the enemy (like Jessica Lynch). Senior Airman Jason D. Cunningham, a medic who remained in the burning fuselage of his aircraft after it was hit by an RPG to treat the wounded, was awarded the Air Force Cross for extraordinary heroism but got zero coverage from the paper. Colonel James Coffman, Jr. rallied his Commandos through a four-hour battle -- at o­ne point, an enemy round shattered his shooting hand and rendered his rifle inoperable, so he bandaged his hand, picked up rifles from Commando casualties and fired them with his other hand until each ran out of ammunition. He was awarded the the Distinguished Service Cross, which was noted in one sentence in the paper. Master Sgt. Donald R. Hollenbaugh won the same award for personally eliminating multiple enemy-controlled weapon positions and helping to hold off hundreds of enemy fighters while the wounded were evacuated in the first battle of Fallujah, and got zero mention in the paper. These stories, and many, many others like them, seem quite dramatic, but they are apparently not "fit to print" in the NYT. And you can bet that the same pattern holds with network TV coverage also.

FUGITIVE BEAR UPDATE: Bavarian authorities hunting Bruno, Europe's most wanted bear, have rejected an offer to lure him into a sex trap because Bruno is too young to be interested in females. Bruno has eluded his pursuers for over a month. Local hunters equipped with special traps have failed. Even a group of Finnish bear hunters with highly trained tracking dogs hasn't managed to find him, although he has become increasingly audacious, wandering into a village last Friday and sitting in front of a police station.

MONTANA GOAT UPDATE: A goat evicted from Manhattan, MT, by the town council has a new home outside the town limits.

DON'T MESS WITH THE KING: At least three villagers are reported to have been killed by lions in eastern Kenya after a Somali militia near the Kenyan border stole three cubs. It's all part of the circle of life.

COUNTRY DOGS are happier than their city counterparts, according to a new study down under.

HERRING sometimes defend themselves from killerwhales by disappearing under the cover of their own bubbly flatulence. How did that get left out of Finding Nemo?

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MMJ, 'Mats, 100 Awesome Videos, Advance Sufjan Stevens, Belle and Lewis Updates   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, June 21, 2006 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: kbade


MY MORNING JACKET played "Gideon" with members of the Boston Pops o­n The Late Show with David Letterman earlier this month and it's still o­n YouTube. The Cat Power clip is also still up, so I wonder if Dave has a relaxed attitude about it...

THE REPLACEMENTS: Paul Westerberg talks to The New York Times about the new retrospective disc, with quotes true to the spirit of the band: "It probably isn't Interview 101 to say so, but I haven't really listened to it. I guess you should know what you are hyping, but I could say that I know there are a handful of good songs o­n there, and it may introduce some young people to what we did." We also learn that he is scoring the animated film, Open Season. You can stream a bunch from the 'Mats via the Hype Machine, including relative rarities like "Beer For Breakfast" and the Tim version of "Can't Hardly Wait."

100 AWESOME MUSIC VIDEOS: Pitchfork discovers YouTube in a big way. Among the finds are A-Ha's "Take o­n Me," David Hasselhoff's "Hooked o­n A Feeling," Herbie Hancock's "Rockit," Lionel Richie's "Hello," and the Chicago Bears Shufflin' Crew's "Super Bowl Shuffle." Yeah, there are some cool o­nes mixed in also. I've posted most of them here already, but it would be a good way to catch up. A cool o­ne I missed before now is They Might Be Giants' majestic "Ana Ng."

PITCHFORK MUSIC SAMPLER: The influential site has also partnered with eMusic to offer free downloads from the bands scheduled to play the Pitchfork Festival next month, including Devendra Banhart, Art Brut, Mission of Burma, Mountain Goats, The National, Yo La Tengo and more. Download 'em individually and you don't even have to provide any personal info.

ARCTIC MONKEYS appear to have dumped original bassist Andy Nicholson, who was unable to tour after suffering a bout of "fatigue."

SUFJAN STEVENS: Apple is streaming The Avalanche --the album of Illinois outtakes -- in glorious Quicktime.

YACHT ROCK: Original Pate drummer Ron Hahm tipped me to this streaming series from Channel 101. Though you may want to start with episode o­ne, which fictionalizes what happened to Jim Messina after being dumped by Kenny Loggins and Michael McDonald's creation of "What A Fool Believes" (with a great cameo from Hall & Oates), Ron tips episode seven, in which Dr. Dre and Nate Dogg settle a bet between Loggins and McDonald.

THE SEX PISTOLS are giving an official release to their legendary bootleg album Spunk, the o­nly collection of Sex Pistols material that features the original lineup with Glen Matlock. The IckMusic blog recently posted a boot of the Pistols playing Atlanta, GA o­n Jan. 5, 1978, which you can stream via the Hype Machine.

DEVENDRA BANHART: YANP fell under the spell of the "golden-throated shaman" of freak folk at the Bonnaroo festival. There's plenty of Banhart tracks streaming via the Hype Machine.

TOM VERLAINE just laughed when the L.A. Daily News asked if a music scene as groundbreaking as the mid-'70s punk movement could possibly bubble up now from the downtown streets of NYC today. There are some recent Verlaine tracks streaming via the Hype Machine.

FRANK BLACK wrote a batch of new songs for the Pixies to convince Kim Deal to do an album, but discovered his heart wasn't in it. Three tracks from Black's new Fastman/Raiderman double-disc are streaming via MySpace.

PUBLIC ENEMY used to fight the power, but now it seems that Chuck D is more about the Banjamins: "Making a living... That's what drives me. I still don't see how Jay-Z and Puffy are worth what they're worth. I must be doing something wrong."

BRADGELINA:  Obviously, the big item was the airing of Jolie's interview with Anderson Cooper o­n CNN, which stretched the show into a "very special episode" (really, that's what Cooper called it) lasting two hours, in which they spaced Jolie's segments and even repeated them within the show.  She is clearly not what BWE called the old, hot, sexy and freaky Jolie who discussed wearing Billy-Bob Thornton's blood with Larry King back in 2001.  And though she was asked a few questions about her personal life, the interview was primarily about her work for the UN o­n refugee and children's issues.  She diplomatically avoided taking the bait when Cooper tried to goad her into commenting o­n the invasion of Iraq, except to say that it was hard to get funds for some of her projects from the US due to the cost of the war.  Given her devotion to refugee issues, she might want to put Iraq o­n her intinerary.  She could visit the Genocide Museum in Suleimaniya to see the 5,000 lights representing villages Saddam emptied and the pictures of about 1.5 million Kurds forced to flee into the mountains in 1991.  BTW, the latest refugee report from the UNHCR notes that Iraq had o­ne of the sharpest drops in refugees worldwide in 2005.  And since she complained to Cooper that many don't hear about the good work the UN does, she could learn that the same could be said about the US.   She could learn that US has cut Iraq's child mortality rate to half of what it was under Saddam, among many other humanitarian accomplishments.  We also learned from the interview that Jolie is a big proponent of the UN Declaration of Human Rights and even has the phrase "know your rights" tattooed o­n her back.  So it's slightly ironic that Namibia's National Society for Human Rights branded Jolie and Pitt "colonial overlords" and wants them banned from the country where Jolie just gave birth.

VAUGHNISTON: Vaughn invited his parents to the set o­n the day Aniston had to shoot her nude scene for The Break-Up. No wonder Aniston still wants to be friends with ex Brad Pitt.

NICOLE KIDMAN is denying those pregnancy rumors. She and fiancee Keith Urban have also decided that their best bet against the paparazzi is to get them drunk.

MADONNA explained to the sweltering crowd at Chicago's United Center: "I told them to keep the air conditioning turned off. We don't want to contribute to global warming, do we?" Richard Roeper lists the following tour factoids from Madge's own website: Number of semitrucks used to transport equipment from city to city: 24; Number of private planes for Madonna and entourage: 2; Number of cars and vans used to transport other members of the tour: 18; Watts of power used to run show each night: 400K. ALSO: Madge is planning a duet with her new apprentice, Darth Lohan.

HEIDI KLUM is expecting another baby Seal.

HALLE BERRY has adopted... a kitten. US Weekly weakly went with a Catwoman reference, which just shows that they are... scaredy-cats.

JESSICA SIMPSON: It looks like her latest spread for Maxim magazine is a thinly-disguised promo for her new line of hideous wigs and hair extensions.

GWYNETH PALTROW is a Ghostbuster for Oasis singer Liam Gallagher. And gives family counseling to Madonna.

TOM-KAT UPDATE: Cruise declares he wants ten children.

PAMELA ANDERSON is to pose naked in the window of designer Stella McCartney's London store in a stunt for the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. That's a cunning stunt. Well, not really. Guys who want to see PETA women naked realize that if everyone went vegan, the women would stop stripping.

CARMEN ELECTRA and DAVE NAVARRO break-up rumors are re-circulating, this time in Star magazine.

KATIE COURIC is getting a big payday to jump to the CBS Evening News, so Viacom shareholders will be thrilled to learn that her departure hasn't dented the ratings of the Today show.

KEIRA KNIGHTLEY prefers Englishmen because they aren't metrosexual. This is what happens when the o­nly American men you meet are in L.A. and NYC. She did offer up that Johnny Depp is a good kisser, but if she prefers Englishmen, the awful prosthetic teeth Depp had to wear as Capt. Jack Sparrow probably made her feel right at home.

PIGLET UPDATE: Turkey's public broadcaster has denied banning Winnie the Pooh because of Piglet. TRT said it had acquired the exclusive right to broadcast the cartoons and movies in Turkey but doesn't actually have the cartoons themselves yet. Employees have recently complained of increasing government intervention in TRT's broadcasting policy.  RELATED: Now that Turkey is being run by a more Islamist party, its pop culture has become virulently anti-American.

IRAQ: At ITM, Mohammed notes insurgents are a step ahead of the government o­n intell in Baghdad, though he credits the new gov't for admitting it. Elsewhere, the Coalition is faring better. Although Al Qaeda in Iraq will try to regenerate following Zarqawi's death, Coalition forces have killed AQI "spiritual leader" Mansur Sulayman Mansur Khalif and 11 other leaders, and captured four other AQI leaders since June 8th.  Khalif was killed in the area of Yusufiyah, where the US soldiers were tortured and killed.  Large groups of armed foreign militants reportedly are fleeing towards the Syrian border, as US and Iraqi forces tighten their siege o­n Ramadi. The trial of Saddam Hussein o­n charges of massacring 148 Shiite inhabitants in Dujail has passed its first milestone, with the prosecution summing up its case and demanding the death penalty.

IRAN: As Pres. Bush heads to the EU Summit to show that America and Europe are o­n the same page when it comes to curbing Iran's nuclear ambitions, former UN chief weapons inspector Hans Blix says Iran probably will be able to produce a nuclear bomb by 2010 or 2011 if it is allowed to enrich uranium o­n an industrial scale.

ROBOTS: People are going to be having sex with robots within five years.

BELLE WEAVER UPDATE: The beagle that dialed 911 when her owner had a diabetic seizure will be the first animal to receive the VITA Wireless Samaritan Award, given to those who use their wireless phones to save lives, stop crime or help in other emergencies.

OTHER DOGS are digging their groovy waterbeds.

LEWIS THE CAT UPDATE: A Connecticut judge has spared the life of the cat whose vicious attacks o­n neighbors landed his owner in court, but the terrorizing tomcat was ordered under house arrest at all times.

MOOSE fought off with a slipper in Norway. The object of the moose's anger was Ivar Smedstad's dog, a seemingly innocent Leonberger named Shiba. The moose, after ignoring Ivar's shouting, fled when Ivar beaned it with his slipper.

FLORIDA GATOR UPDATE: Alligator hunting licenses went like hotcakes in the Sunshine State.

MONKEYS pay attention to the weather. Baboons get stressed out when someone new moves into the neighborhood. A "monkey man" is worshipped by an impoverished Indian village.

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Sonic Youth, New Releases, The Who, Allison Moorer, and Versace the Cat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, June 20, 2006 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: kbade


SONIC YOUTH played the 9:30 Club in DC last week, so you can stream it now from NPR. The show features material from Rather Ripped, which Thurston Moore discusses in MAGNET magazine. AOL reports that Pavement frontman Stephen Malkmus sat in with SY at the Bonnaroo festival for an encore of "Expressway to Your Skull." But the pic above is a still from the video for o­ne of my fave SY tracks, "Teenage Riot."

NEW RELEASES: Keane, Willie Nelson, Fatboy Slim, Brightblack Morning and a box set of the legendary Gram Parsons are streaming in full from AOL Music this week. Frank Black has a new double-disc titled Fastman/Raiderman. The late (and also legendary) Johnny Cash has his last American Records release. Luna may be defunct, but has a "best of" and a documentary o­n DVD out today (as frontman Dean Wareham dabbles in movies). And you know it won't be long 'til summer comes, now that Thin Lizzy has another "best of" out.

JOE STRUMMER: Speaking of DVD documentaries, o­ne o­n the last 18 months of the former Clash co-founder will be out next week.

DRU MARTIN: Longtime Pate people may know Dru, who was o­ne of my college roommates and is now a teacher in Germany. He's been inspired by a higher power (as opposed to Angelina Jolie) to adopt orphans. He and his wife have already adopted three lovely kids from a Polish orphanage and they are working o­n adopting three more in the States.

SOMEONE STILL LOVES YOU BORIS YELTSIN has signed with Champaign, IL-based Polyvinyl Records, which should be a good fit. The band often gets pegged as being like The Shins, Elliott Smith and Bright Eyes, but I think there's some mid-period Kinks in the mix as well. You can stream and download three tracks from their last album via MySpace.

TOMMY KEENE is currently touring for Crashing the Ether, which the Chicago Reader calls "his strongest solo album in at least a decade." But some of the funniest stuff in the Reader feature is Keene's recollection of David Geffen after Keene's first record for the label tankded: "He said, 'You're not going to make another record until you write a certified smash,' So I wrote with Jules Shear. I got together with Paul Westerberg o­ne night, but we just got drunk. I even said I'd get together with the guy who wrote the lyrics for Bryan Adams, but fortunately he wasn't available. I jumped through every hoop they wanted, and in the end they just kind of lost interest." Keene has posted two free downloads at his site; there are some Keene classics -- and a nifty cover of the Hollies' "Carrie-Anne" -- streaming from MySpace.

THE WHO got surprisingly high marks from London's Independent and Guardian for their return gig at Leeds University (of Live at Leeds fame, natch). So our Twofer Tuesday presents two rave performances from the same era as the first Leeds concert, with their cover of Mose Allison's "Young Man Blues" from the Isle of Wight Festival and the rare original "I Don't Even Know Myself" at Tanglewood, courtesy of Bill Graham Presents.

JOAN JETT: Apparently, rock and roll loves her, too, if the Village Voice review of her recent gig at CBGB is any indication. You can stream something old and something new via MySpace.

ALLISON MOORER exorcises a demon or two o­n her new album, Getting Somewhere. You can stream three tracks, including "Fairweather," which she wrote with husband Steve Earle, via MySpace (as well as a Randy Newman cover).

LAUREL CANYON is the title of a new book by Michael Walker that dishes the dirt o­n acts like Crosby, Stills & Nash, the Byrds, the Eagles, the Doors, Frank Zappa and more.

THE RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS put out a double-album to help prevent suicides.

DR. JOHN has made an unlikely tribute album to the classics of Johnny Mercer. NPR has an audio feature plus three tracks.

BRADGELINA are considering putting up a 200-ft high wall in front of their cliff-top, beachfront home in Malibu. I'll bet the California Coastal Commission might be less pliable than the government of Namibia. Jolie confirms plans to adopt her next child to CNN's Anderson Cooper in an interview to air tonight. Cooper gives his version of the story of how he got her first US interview. He also gives the impression that Jolie is the kindest, bravest, warmest, most wonderful human being he's ever known in his life.

BRITNEY SPEARS faced the Dateline NBC crew without her publicists and insisted o­n doing her own hair and makeup, which Page Six charitably called "a regrettable decision." Nevertheless, NBC was nice enough to cut the pop tart's attack o­n Julia Roberts.

TOM-KAT UPDATE: Is Holmes shedding pounds too quickly for her wedding to Cruise, or already working o­n a second kid? Probably the first o­ne.

REESE WITHERSPOON: Knocked up or not? Probably the second o­ne.

NICOLE KIDMAN finally admits she's having her wedding to Keith Urban down under.

KATE BECKINSALE is dispelling rumors of a split from hubby Len Wiseman with a photo op in L.A. She's also giving the world TMI about being able to squirt milk across a room. Ironically, she's claiming that she is out of the competition to star in Joss Whedon's Wonder Woman in part because she embarrassed her daughter enough by dressing as Wonder Woman when they trick-or-treated for Halloween. But if she could do that milk trick in Wonder Woman it would be a blockbuster.

KATE MOSS has pulled out of a £1 million book deal. As the cocaine scandal and train-wreck trysts with junkie singer Pete Doherty did not wreck her modeling career (and may have helped it), it's not worth telling all anymore.

LINDSAY LOHAN is so scared of being outshone that she refuses to allow younger prettier girls sit at her table anywhere. According to Page Six, la Lohanís bodyguards regularly ask young ladies to find somewhere else to sit.

THE SOPRANOS: With just eight episodes left in the series, six cast members remain unsigned amid pay disputes.

VICTORIA SILVSTEDT: The Victoria's Secret supermodel has a very giving boyfriend.

JOHNNY DEPP makes the cover of Newsweek for a piece with Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest spoilers and much about Depp following his own path professionally (in risky roles) and personally (to France).

U.S. CHARITABLE GIVING reached a near-record in inflation-adjusted dollars. And disaster relief was just a small part of it, making up o­nly half of the increase. Which won't stop some UN factotum like Jan Egeland from accusing the US of being stingy in the future, right before he takes credit for what the US does.

IRAQ: The L.A. Times reports that the Army general charged with investigating whether Marines tried to cover up the killing of 24 civilians in Haditha has found nothing pointing to a "knowing cover-up" of the facts by the supervising officers. Rep. Jack Murtha claimed there had been a cover-up o­n national television before the investigation had been completed. Meanwhile, Iraqi forces continue to assume more responsibilities, even in more restive areas like Hit in Anbar province and the Lutifiyah area of southwest Baghdad, which is in the "triangle of death." Less dramatic, but important, Iraqi soldiers have completed testing and evaluation of a new tracking and communications system for their convoys. Logistics and support for Iraqi forces are key to an eventual drawdown of US forces.

IRAN: London's Telegraph reports that the grandson of Ayatollah Khomeini has broken a three-year silence to urge the US military to overthrow the country's clerical regime. He said much the same in 2003 to Christopher Hitchens. But the oldest son of the Shah of Iran disagrees, telling the Euro edition of Time magazine: "The thought of foreign tanks rolling into Tehran is beyond imagination. No Iranian could tolerate an invasion."

VERSACE THE CAT wanted to play with the seven-ft long boa constrictor that turned up at the house. His owners thought better of it.

LEWIS THE CAT, accused of biting and clawing neighbors and attacking an Avon lady, faces a possible death sentence, but may find sanctuary in Utah.

SNOOKY, A 200-LB PYTHON, may be forced to part with the San Antonio, TX family with whom he has lived for some 30 years.

THE LAOTIAN ROCK RAT: Reports of its death some 11 million years ago turn out to have been exaggerated.

BEAR EATS OATMEAL after breaking into a house in Vancouver. Following yesterday's report of a bear stopping in for dog food, we need just o­ne more bear and a blonde to complete the story.

BELLE WEAVER used her owner's cellphone to call 911 when he was in the throes of a diabetic seizure. The o­nly thing emergency dispatchers heard was barking, but it was enough cause to send help. "What's that you say, Lassie? Jimmy's trapped in a well?"

SNAKES overwhelmed and outnumbered an animal control company near Frisco, TX... but the humans are getting control of the situation.

CANE TOADS have advanced across northern Australia to the point where West Australian Environment Minister Mark McGowan wants to call in the army.

EGG KILLS HEN: No, really. It was a big egg.

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New Yo La Tengo and Mountain Goats, Joe Jackson and a Mother Duck   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, June 19, 2006 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: kbade


ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN pick up where your precious Echo left off with this Velvet-y piece of pop goodness, "Stormy Weather" o­n The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. If CBS's lawyers get to YouTube before you do, you can stream the audio via the Hype Machine.

YO LA TENGO have put out an advance download from their upcoming album, I Am Not Afraid Of You And I Will Beat Your A**. The song has the slightly more conventional title, "Beanbag Chair."

GARY GLITTER: The disgraced ex-glam rocker not o­nly has to do time in a Vietnamese prison o­n child molestation charges, but also gets a truly hideous picture of him in Speedos published in London's Sun.

THE MOUNTAIN GOATS: Beggar's has details and downloads for the duo's upcoming Get Lonely LP.

HIDDEN CAMERAS: YANP thinks their latest song, "Learning The Lie" is a kissing cousin to Donovanís "Sunshine Superman." He's got a point, though you have to imagine it being played by a more whimsical version of the Feelies. You can stream more via the Hype Machine.

JON AUER of The Posies and Big Star talks about his long-delayed solo album, Songs of Our Demise, with the Memphis Commercial Appeal. You can check out "Cemetery Song" via the Hype Machine. In a nice circular moment, the article points out that Auer has gone from Big Star fan to Big Star member to having original drummer Jody Stephens, now manager for Ardent Studios, say "" I couldn't take it out of the CD player for weeks."

JOE JACKSON: Longtime Pate fans will remember the band's misadventures with Joe's "One More Time." That's o­ne of the tracks o­n the Jefitoblog's live bootleg recorded June 1st 1979. Those concerned with killing music may prefer to stream it via the Hype Machine.

THE DIXIE CHICKS seem to have fooled London's Telegraph into thinking the band is doing well. The reality is that the band's new album debuted to 200K fewer copies sold in its debut (with a 48 percent drop in week two) and ticket sales for their tour are looking like Spinal Tap. At this point, it's not what Natalie Maines said about Pres. Bush years ago; it's more about Maines aying things today like, "Why do you have to be a patriot? About what? This land is our land? Why? You can like where you live and like your life, but as for loving the whole countryÖ I don't see why people care about patriotism."

CAT POWER looked frisky o­n The Late Show with David Letterman last week. It seems that's due to her newfound sobriety. She sounds more laid back and stipped-down (but still good) in this covers medley from KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic.

DEL McCOURY, already a blugrass legend, gets some ink from Reuters for his new album, The Promised Land, which he calls a gospel album. But it's still pretty darn bluegrass also, if the stream from MySpace is any indication.

SMOOSH: The tween sisters are stil touring with eels; NOW tried to get Chloe to talk about Asya's songwriting: "One thing, though. I don't know why, but they don't seem super-happy or something. It's weird, cuz we're not sad people or anything, but... No, I don't want to say what I think the songs are about." We also learn that while the girls are in school now, they were previously home-schooled by their parents, who are a scientist and a doctor.

PETE DOHERTY UPDATE: Just out of rehab in Portugal, but the troubled singer and Babyshambles turned up late for the Swedish Hultsfred fesitval, where Doherty showed signs of being under the influence of drugs and fell off the stage. After the show, he was arrested and paid a fine after a test showed traces of cocaine in his blood. Someone at ONTD has the pics and translated stories.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Cars won a second weekend with 31.2 million. It dropped 48 percent, which would be good for any film, except that Toy Story 2 is the o­nly Pixar film to drop that much in week two. Nacho Libre came in second with 27 million -- which exceeded studio expectations (Friday, I speculated it would do well, but I wonder about next weekend). The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift came in third with 24 million -- less than half of the F and F sequel. The Keanu-Sandra reunion at The Lake House netted 13 million, keeping hope alive that it could become this year's Notebook (I doubt it).

THE CELEBRITY 100, courtesy of Forbes magazine. In a controversial choice, Tom Cruise tops the list. Perhaps even more surprising, U2 and The Stones landed in the top four with Cruise and Oprah... did they also play o­n her couch? Moment of irony: Jennifer Aniston and Angelina Jolie tie for 35th.

SIR PAUL McCARTNEY: Yesterday was his birthday. So now he's 64. BTW, that first link is an alternate version. And unsurprisingly, estranged wife Heather stayed away.

COURTNEY COX got a transvestite for her birthday. Who looked like Jennifer Anisron. Sent by Jennifer Aniston, who could not attend due to her UK promo tour for The Break-Up.

NICOLE KIDMAN reportedly will pray for nine days before she weds country crooner Keith Urban. Maybe she's praying that more photos of her looking pregnant don't turn up.

BRADGELINA: Jolie tells CNN's Anderson Cooper that she was "terrified" giving birth to Shiloh in an interview to air Tuesday. Cooper's executive producer is denying reports from Jossip and Drudge that the first US interview with Jolie was part of a "package deal" with Time-Warner's purchase of the baby photos. Meanwhile, TMZ has video of paparazzi climbing trees trying to get an angle o­n Angie and Shiloh as they are shielded by a blanket.

JESSICA SIMPSON has denied rumors her latest song is about her divorce from Nick Lachey. That's fine... as long as the rumor about Jessica Alba, Eva Longoria, Eva Mendes and Carmen Electra roller-skating in the video is true. Meanwhile Lachey has officially been caught canoodling with ET infobabe Vanessa Minnillo.

CARMEN ELECTRA hated her breasts after getting massive implants. And she, like most of the rest of the world, has a crush o­n Jessica Alba. Yet another reason to hope the rumor about the two of them roller-skating in Jessica Simpson's video is true.

BRITNEY SPEARS told NBC's Matt Lauer that she doesn't care what people think, which is clearly a lie after she got all weepy durring the interview o­n that very topic. More plausible is her denial of the rumor that she was considering giving birth to her second child in Namibia. And when a strange-looking, unkempt woman with a facial tic tells the pop tart that she had an affair with Spenderline, is it crazy rambling, or confirmation of persistent rumors?

BEYONCE KNOWLES was ambushed by two members of People For the Ethical Treatment of Animals who won an eBay auction, benefiting VH1's Save the Music Foundation, to dine with the star. TMZ has the video.

KATEHRINE HEIGL, recently of Grey's Anatony, is engaged to musician Josh Kelley. Presumably, this is the guy she wants to leave handcuffed to her bed.

IRAQ: At ITM Omar suggests that the terrorists/insurgents have started adapting to Operation Forward Together. This is the nature of war -- moves and counter-moves, so we'll see how the Coalition (and more importantly) Iraqi forces adjust their tactics. Ray Robison, a former member of the CIA-directed Iraq Survey Group, has a translation of a second document suggesting a possible secret, intelligence based, operational relationship between the Taliban and the Saddam. As I noted before, not a smoking gun, but interesting. And Jack Nicholson recorded a special Father's Day message for dads in the sandbox. Probably too much to hope he led off with "Here's Johnny..."

ISLAMIC EXTREMISM IN THE UK: A militant British Muslim imam says both Prime Minister Blair and Pres. Bush are "legitimate targets" for terrorist attacks. Meanwhile British authorities are dropping charges against cartoon jihadists carrying signs saying another 7/7 bombing was o­n the way. When reading stories like this, remember that polls show that perhaps 100K British Muslims may support terror attacks. A fifth have sympathy with the "feelings and motives" of the suicide bombers. Four out of ten British Muslims want sharia law introduced in "predominantly Muslim" parts of the UK. In such areas, it would be okay for a man to stab his sister to death in front of his two young daughters because she wanted to marry utside her caste. The Imam in the first story was outed by a journalist. Oddly, we see no US journos covering this beat.

CARTOON JIHAD: Speaking of which, Turkey's public television, controlled by the Islamist-rooted government, has barred the popular Walt Disney cartoon Winnie the Pooh because of Piglet.

JASPER THE WHIPPET-SPANIEL becomes the second recent case of a dog surviving after chasing another animal right off a cliff. Dogs are trying to give cats and Wiley Coyote a run for their money.

A NEARBY CALF, meanwhile, had to be rescued by lifeboat after it became stranded o­n a beach as the tide came in.

MR P, a lonely peacock, has devoted the past three years of his life to romancing a petrol pump.

GOATS: Virginia City, Montana has brought in 200 as weed-eaters, but they need more. They could get o­ne from Manhattan, Montana! In Bulgaria, 70 goats were killed by lightning, but their goatherd survived.

DEER like to get into your house, but make lousy guests.

BEARS: Also not good house guests. This o­ne ate 50 pounds of dog food, ostensibly because it was "just right."

A MOTHER DUCK brings central Dublin, Ireland to a halt for the third year running as she marched her seven ducklings to a pond for their first swim. The duck was reportedly encouraged by delighted passersby, though I suspect we might also have heard something close, but not quite sounding like "mother duck."

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...with IKE & TINA TURNER: Because we never do things here nice and easy, let's start things with two hot live performances of "Proud Mary" and "River Deep, Mountain High." Plus, clips of Ike, Tina and the Ikettes covering "Sweet Soul Music," "Honky Tonk Woman," a couple from Sly & the Family Stone and more o­n The Ike and Tina Turner Show, which runs 21 minutes -- twice as long as YouTube now permits. There are also interview inserts -- some downright cringeworthy to anyone who has seen What's Love Got To Do With It.

FRIDAY TIMEWASTER: Cuber Xtreme is somewhere between Tetris and a puzzle cube. Sorta.

BUTTERCUP: This San Antonio band's "Hot Love" (not the Cheap Trick tune), made Song of the Day at NPR, with David Brown writing that it "conjures an alternate universe where Ray Davies and David Byrne collaborate o­n jangly pop songs with unexpected twists in the shade of the Alamo." Actually, I'd say it's more like mid-60s Kinks and the Turtles, with the David Byrne influence more present o­n songs like "Hello Goodbye" (not the Beatles tune), which you can stream from MySpace. The band also has free MP3s at its website.

GREG DULLI talks to London's Independent about shootings, drug dealers, Hurricane Katrina, owning three bars and the new Twilight Singers album, Powder Burns, which is getting generally favorable reviews at Metacritic. You can stream four tracks from the album via MySpace, though I had to switch to the standalone player to get 'em rolling.

CALEXICO: The San Francisco Chronicle notes the poppier sound of the band's latest album, Garden Ruin, but Joey Burns stresses that they've always been more than mariachi music. There are four Quicktime downloads at the link and there is plenty to stream via the Hype Machine, including collaborations with Iron & Wine.

BAND OF HORSES: At Chromewaves, Frank reviewed their Toronto gig and wonders how they got so popular, but agrees they deserve it. He's got plenty of linky love for them, including MP3s video and streams; as usual, you can stream a bunch via the Hype Machine, too. Folks often compare BoH to My Morning Jacket, though Frank suggests they have their own thing going o­n if you listen carefully.

THE CUTOUT BIN: Another helping of fortuitous finds while looking for something else o­n the Hype Machine: The Modern Lovers - "Roadrunner" (if you haven't heard it before, do so now); Bash & Pop - "Friday Night (Is Killing Me)" (Tommy Stinson's post-Replacements band); Belle and Sebastian - "Sukie in the Graveyard" (groovy and glam - explicit lyric); The Zombies - "Tell Her No" (no, no, no, nononono); Dinosaur Jr - "Just Like Heaven" (Cure cover); His Name Is Alive - "Universal Frequencies" (pastiche of "Good Vibrations"); Fun Boy Three - "Our Lips Are Sealed" (Go-Gos co-original); The Flamingos - "I Only Have Eyes For You" (shebop-shebop); Ben Folds Five - "She Don't Use Jelly" (Flaming Lips cover from Loungeapalooza); Eels - "D*mn, I Wish I Was Your Lover" (Sophie B. Hawkins cover, iirc).

SEEN YOUR VIDEO: If you didn't see Cat Power sing "Living Proof" o­n The Late Show with David Letterman, you may have a second chance -- if you get there before CBS's lawyers.

RUFUS WAINWRIGHT is getting boffo reviews for his recreation of Judy at Carnegie Hall, Judy Garland's 1961 concert that became the most beloved of all pre-rock concert albums. Based o­n the NYT write-up, it was every bit as gay as you would imagine. NTTAWWT.

ECCENTRIC SOUL: Pitchfork gives a nice 8.1 to the latest in the series of CDs cataloging obscure R & B labels -- in this case, Detroit's Big Mack Label. You can download Soul President's "Got To Have It" from Salon, or stream it from the Hype Machine. It's like James Brown paying tribute to Haight-Ashbury.

BUBBLEGUM: A new look for Bazooka Joe prompted Some Velvet Blog to post a pack of bubblegum, which you can stream from the Hype Machine. I particularly enjoyed Boyce & Hart's "I Wonder What She's Doing Tonite?" and Reunion's "Life Is A Rock (But The Radio Rolled Me)," though I don't know if it's really bubblegum.

GARY GLITTER has already lost his appeal in the People's Supreme Court of Vietnam, o­ne day after it was heard. The wheels of justice turning fast in the worker's paradise (though to be fair to the commies, probably right in this case).

THE WHITE STRIPES won the royalties lawsuit brought by their former producer, in which -- among other things -- Von Bondies singer Jason Stollsteimer claimed that Jack stuck an obscenity-filled warning note o­n his door with a knife. No wonder Jack left Motown for Nashville.

JESSICA SIMPSON -- recently spotted hanging all over Jared Leto -- tells Maxim magazine she is looking for a guy with a great imagination. And there's nothing to stimulate the male imagination like a report that the pneumatic blonde has persuaded Eva Longoria, Jessica Alba, Eva Mendes and Carmen Electra to strap o­n roller skates for her new music video.

NOW SHOWING: This week's wide releases are the Jack Black-Jared Hess Mexican wrestling comedy Nacho Libre 47 percent Rotten o­n the Tomatometer), The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, (43 percent Rotten -- but surprisingly 60 percent Fresh with the "cream of the crop" critics), Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties (20 percent Rotten -- but surprisingly 57 percent Rotten with the "cream of the crop" critics), and Keanu-and-Sandra-Somewhere-In-Time romance The Lake House (32 percent Rotten and worse with the "cream," though Ebert liked it). That rating for Nacho Libre is disappointing, but I would bet the movie still opens well, if o­nly because its trailer consistently got a good crowd reaction at every other movie I've seen lately.

MADONNA, having dropped Britney Spears after the latter dropped Kabbalah, is taking Lindsay Lohan as her new apprentice. Henceforth, she shall be known as Darth Lohan.

RACHEL WEISZ appears as a mummy with son Henry Chance Aronofsky.

TOM-KAT UPDATE: London's Sun seems to be trying to flush out the Tom-Kitten by noting that Suri was born almost two months ago ó and there has been no sign of her.

BRADGELINA: A UK tabloid is claiming that Pitt and Jolie are already working o­n adopting a Namibian child.

KATE MOSS: Even while suggesting the supermodel was a drug user and pusher, the Crown Prosecution Service formally announced that -- due to a legal loophole -- there was "insufficient evidence" to prosecute the model photographed apparently snorting drugs at a recording studio. CPS London's director of serious casework said the video could not prove whether the substance was cocaine, ecstasy or amphetamine, which are in different categories; thus, the prosecution could not proceed because they could not prove beyond reasonable doubt which category of substance was being abused.

THE McCARTNEYS: A third set of pornographic pictures of Sir Paul's estranged wife Heather has emerged, but the Mirror has chosen not to publish them. And here I thought topless shots were okay for a "family newspaper."

JEWEL didn't start drinking until she was 30, but she's making up for lost time: "Around 30, I kind of realized that alcohol really does solve all your problems. Whoever said drinking doesn't help lied. You live and you learn." I'm hoping that's tongue-in-cheek.

PAM ANDERSON says her kids love her stripper pole and use it more than she does. So you can now set aside any lingering doubt that her kids would turn out messed up.

AIDS BURNOUT: The L.A. Times looks at how Hollywood has moved o­n to other causes.

BRITNEY SPEARS is planning to planning to divorce Spenderline o­n the grounds of adultery, according to the ever-reliable News of the World.

BEYOND THE VALLEY OF THE DOLLS: When I mentioned Monday that the Pipettes' new video was an homage to the Russ Meyer-directed, Roger Ebert-penned kitch classic, it slipped my mind that it was coming out for the first time o­n a double-DVD set. The Four Four blog lays out Zapruder-level love for it. Retrocrush has interviews with Cynthia Myers, John Lazar, and Erica Gavin.

EDU-BLOGGING: The 71st Carnival of Education is formatted as a year-end staff party.

IRAQ: Operation Forward Together seems to have gotten off to a good start in Baghdad. At ITM, Omar has details of Day 2, though he was also heartened by the Iraqi national security adviser talking up the raids o­n al Qaeda made possible by info gained from the late Zarqawi. (Coincidentally, Iraqi forces captured a high-ranking terrorist network commander in Karbala yesterday morning, while Coalition forces foiled a kidnapping in Baghdad.) A document found o­n a thumbdrive in the Z-man's pocket and translated by Iraqi National Security Adviser Mouwafak al-Rubaie shows Zarqawi worried that time is now beginning to be o­n the side of Coalition forces and harmful to the insurgency. It also gives insight into Zarqawi's suggested strategies.

TERROR IN THE MEDIA: As Zarqawi's first strategy involves working the media, I note that two economists claim that newspaper coverage of terrorist incidents leads directly to more attacks. "Both the media and terrorists benefit from terrorist incidents," their study contends.


TEAL THE ENGLISH SPRINGER SPANIEL was o­ne of an estimated 50K dogs kidnapped in the UK annually.

TEE CEE THE CAT predicts his owner's epileptic fits. The family thinks it's a great early warning system. Tee Cee merely wants to be entertained.

SNAKES are still a big problem in Barbados, based o­n the size of the tracks.

ANGRY HARE ATTACKS DOGSLED: This story of a hare taking o­n an entire pack dates back to February, but it was new to me and I could not stop thinking, "Look, that rabbit's got a vicious streak a mile wide! It's a killer!"

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