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Dylan gets senior disount, Nilsson, Little Ones, and a Cow on the edge   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, May 24, 2006 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: kbade


HAPPY 65TH BIRTHDAY, Bob Dylan! Did you remember to sign up for Social Security? The linked story has a quote from Warren Zanes of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, which is running a special exhibit. And if you're guessing that Warren was in the Del Fuegos, you're as big a geek as I am... and correct (Indeed, you can hear Warren play at NPR). But I digress. YouTube has Gregory Peck introduce a short biodoc from the Kennedy Center Honors. You might also dig "All I Really Wanna Do" from the '64 Newport Jazz Festival, the iconic "Subterranean Homesick Blues" footage from Don't Look Back, his TV duet with Johnny Cash o­n "Girl From the North Country," his performance of "Forever Young" with "new Dylan" Bruce Springsteen at the Hall 'o' Fame in '95 and the Oscar-winning "Things Have Changed" from Wonder Boys, a movie I highly recommend. And as Dylan was so oft-covered, here's Jimi Hendrix's deliciously whacked-out version of "Like A Rolling Stone" from the Monterey Pop Festival. Plus, you should be able to stream loads of Dylan and Dylan covers from the Hype Machine, including rare Basement Tapes of Bob and The Band, like "All You Have To Do Is Dream" (not the Everly Bros. song), Neko Case covering "Buckets of Rain" and (relative) newcomers Page France covering "I'll Keep It With Mine." BONUS: Like I'm not going to link you to William Shatner's classic version of "Mr. Tamborine Man."

DAN ZANES: Speaking of former Del Fuegos, Warren's brother is profiled in the Village Voice, where he explains why he's selling his latest kids' album at Starbucks: "We share the same values: We aren't interested in marketing to kids... Starbucks is selling coffee—they're not trying to build brand loyalty in eight-year-olds."  I hooked you up with audio clips from the album last week.

BONO, after guest-editing London's Independent, blogs at the Guardian about why proud to be working with Gap and Nike to raise money to fight AIDS. However, I'd note that while the Nike Foundation is donating money, the "Red products" site actually features Converse shoes.

MISSION OF BURMA: The Phoenix covers the art-punk pioneers during a DJ gig. You can hear the new album at the Obliterati site.  At Chromewaves, Frank is running a contest to win a limited-to-500 edition of eight MoB single-sided 12-inchers. He's also killing music with a live REM cover of "Academy Fight Song."

HARRY NILSSON: PopMatters has a piece o­n "The Unraveling of Nilsson." Folks tend to forget that he was there for John Lennon's infamous "Lost Weekend," "cutting the album Pussycats with him, a Chiltonesque self-destruct-o-rama o­n which you can hear his vocal cords shredding." Remember, there's a Nilsson comp streaming in full from AOL Music this week.

AXL ROSE vs. TOMMY HILFIGER: The untold story.

THE LITTLE ONES are getting good buzz in the music blogosphere at the moment for an EP of tunes that recall bands like the Shins and Built to Spill. You can stream a few of those tunes via the Hype Machine.

PROTEST MUSIC: The Louisville Courier-Journal compares and contrasts Neil Young's "Living With War" and Pearl Jam's self-titled album.

BRIAN ENO tells London's Guardian amusing stories about the difficulty of playing with others, even if those others are Paul Simon and his former band Roxy Music.

ART BRUT make Song of the Day at NPR with "My Little Brother." Bruce Warren aptly describes frontman Eddie Argos as "a weird combination of Jonathan Richman and Pulp's Jarvis Cocker." And you should check 'em out o­n MySpace also, if you haven't already. Don't cheat yourself, you'll o­nly kick yourself later.

ANDERSON COOPER: The CNN anchor is trying to boost his indie street cred. Given his lackluster ratings, maybe he should consider a career as a DJ.

DEERHOOF bassist/guitarist Chris Cohen announced that he is returning to his pre-Deerhoof band the Curtains, but the split was so amicable that Deerhoof celebrated by posting a new EP of four covers and five live cuts as o­ne giant, free MP3.

UK INDIES: London's Independent profiles four indie labels, with histories and top tips for '06.

SONY CD-PROTECTION DEBACLE: Coolfer Glenn hooks you up with the details of the class-action settlement. Check to see if you're owed some free music!

PETE DOHERTY-KATE MOSS UPDATE: The troubled singer reportedly vows to kick drugs to win back the supposedly sober supermodel. But I think we've heard that before.

DENISE & HEATHER & RICHIE & CHARLIE: Contrary to prior reports, it looks like Denise and Richie remain an item. That's the couple caught canoodling in Italy.  Meanwhile, Richards announced her intent to go after Sheen's pension funds.

BRITNEY SPEARS told the world a short time ago that she was dropping Kabbalah because her baby was her religion. But it may be that her mom told her to drop Kabbalah because the Center kept asking for money.

JESSICA SIMPSON has her goons close public bathrooms for her.

THE ARTIST CURRENTLY KNOWN AS PRINCE was the World's Sexiest Vegetarian, by an annual o­nline poll conducted by PETA. He shares the title with Veronica Mars star Kristen Bell, who says she's always loved her Brussels sprouts. And what's sexier than that?

JON FAVREAU is using MySpace to solicit fan input o­n the Iron Man movie he's slated to direct.

TODAY'S ODD CELEB BABY NAMES: Ex-Spice Girl Geri Halliwell has named her daughter Bluebell Madonna. Penn Gilette (of Penn & Teller) has a new son named Zolten. To be fair to Penn, it appears that Zolten is his wife's maiden name, though he adds, "most importantly, it's the name of Dracula's dog."

BRADGELINA: Pitt sent an e-mail to the Cannes Film Festival, saying he was unable to attend because of the "imminent arrival" of his new baby. How imminent is open to question; Jolie is rumored to be trying to induce labor with yoga. Meanwhile, half of Namibians voting in an informal radio survey believe the day Jolie gives birth should be declared a national holiday. Finally, In Touch magazine claims that Namibian Gov. Samuel Nuuyoma will announce Friday that the couple is letting him name the baby.

VAUGHNISTON: Jennifer Aniston has decided that it is sometimes good to get divorced. And she thinks Vince Vaughn is the "cream of the crop"... as a comedic actor. But she kept her distance from him o­n the red carpet at Monday's L.A. premiere of The Break-Up.

TERI HATCHER: The Desperate Housewife is sufficiently desperate that she's begged for love scenes. Series creator Mark Cherry joked: "I think she pushes me to have her date o­n the show because it's the o­nly action she gets." Hatcher may want to consider that being so publicly desperate may perpetuate a vicious circle, as men start to wonder why no o­ne else will date her.

THE GALLERY OF THE ABSURD wonders whether the celebrification of the culture will filter into US schoolbooks, to wickedly satirical results.

THE FRENCH HOTEL gets paid six and seven figures to show up and wave at charity events. Is that good money management by these charities?

KEVIN COSTNER says not to believe any reports that he and his wife may be splitting. Those rumors seem to have popped up after Costner was revealed as the guy who insisted o­n a "happy ending" to a hotel massage.

HUGH JACKMAN has to wear his Wolverine outfit to spice up his sex life.

JODIE FOSTER covers Eminem. Where is Hannibal Lecter when you need him?

IRAQ: The story suggesting that the US would join the Uk in announcing troop reductions inched closer, from the Raw Story blog to London's Guardian. And Pres. Bush said the US would take a fresh look at the situation with the newly-installed government, though Brig. Gen. Ham was cautious at Tuesday's Pentagon presser. However, Ham also had an animated slide showing the degree to which Iraqi forces have been taking the lead since last October. The New York Times took a break from its usual coverage to note the civil society and charitable organizations that have sprung up since Saddam was toppled.

IRAN: As the five permanent UN Security Council members and Germany work toward a reslution threatening sanctions if Tehran refuses to abandon uranium enrichment, it's no surprise that Iran is both trying to request bilateral talks with the US o­n the o­ne hand and test-firing the Shihab-3 intermediate-range ballistic missile -- which Iran has modified to carry a nuclear warhead -- o­n the other. (BTW, has Iran explained why they modded their missiles if they o­nly want a peaceful nuclear power program?) No doubt such tactics are an attempt to bolster China and (to a lesser degree) Russia in their typical do-nothing posture.

NSA SURVEILLANCE: The Senate Intelligence Committee voted 12-3 to recommend former NSA head Gen. Michael Hayden to head the CIA, which means even a majority of the panel's Democrats voted for him. While voting for him, Sen. Carl Levin couldn't help himself, claiming that "George Tenet shaped the intelligence, distorted the intelligence, and exaggerated the intelligence as Director of the CIA" to held get the US to invade Iraq. Aside from the fact that Tenet was a holdover from the Clinton Administration, Sen. Levin seems to have forgotten that he voted for an Intell Cmte Report that says exactly the opposite (Conclusions 83 and 84). Sen. Levin might want to review how the US got there.

FLORIDA GATOR ATTACKS: Trappers captured the 6-foot gator they believe killed Malibu, a Yorkie-Maltese mix in the wrong place at the wrong time. Yesterday, a gator stopped rush-hour traffic o­n Florida's Turnpike to cross the road. During the past week, three Florida women were killed by gators, but experts say they are attacking with no greater frequency.

A MOUNTAIN LION tried to eat someone's dog in Fort Collins, CO without considering how well armed the locals are. It was a fatal miscalculation by the big cat.

HISS THE BOA CONSTRICTOR, who happens to be 10 ft. long, scared off a "bloke in a hoodie" who was breaking into his owner's shed. Wonder if the bloke saw the snake's shedmate -- Legs the tarantula.

ESCAPED COW charged a police car as officers tried to move the animal from a busy road in Wiltshire, England. No police officers were injured, but there was damage to the car. Police said the cow was coaxed into a field just after midnight and the animal's owner was called to collect it.

BOO BOO, the famous exotic chicken recently saved by mouth-to-beak resuscitation, has passed away, her owner said Tuesday. However, Boo Boo lived to lay three eggs before dying, inspiring Sir Elton John to write another song about the circle of life.

A STORK is accused of stalking a couple living in Brandenburg an der Havel, Germany. The allegedly obsessed animal even taps o­n their bedroom window if they stay indoors. What some people will do to avoid having a child.

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T-Bone Burnett, New Releases, God Only Knows and a Koranic Tuna Update   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, May 23, 2006 - 08:00 AM
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T-BONE BURNETT: The musician, producer and movie music maven talked to Liane Hansen o­n NPR, which also has streaming tracks from The True False Identity, a compilation of new songs, and Twenty Twenty, a 40-song retrospective.

NEW RELEASES: Previously unreleased Johnny Cash, a best-of from Harry Nilsson and the latest from Phoenix (Strokes-y) and from the Ditty Bops (old school Americana) are streaming in full from AOL Music this week -- along with a very, very scary covers album from Def Leppard (and some have the nerve to say it's piracy that's killing music). T.Rex, Blondie, The Kinks and Badfinger are among the victims. Mission of Burma returns with The Obliterati. Tilly and the Wall release Bottoms of Barrels. The Walkmen get kinda rootsy o­n A Hundred Miles Off. And contrary to what I posted last week, today is the US release date for the fab debut from Art Brut. That's what I get for relying o­n Canadians.

LOU REED is headlining a free concert at the grand opening of the building at 7 World Trade Center. I'm guessing Charlie Sheen won't be there.

BONO told African finance ministers that promises of aid debt relief could be withdrawn by western countries unless recipient governments tackle internal corruption. He also stressed the importance of trade: "We have to accept that a lot of the aid in the past has done more damage than good. The West really has to understand that Africans don't want aid, they need aid, and what Africa desires and what (it) deserves is trade as a route out of their present difficulties."

TICKETMASTER, following the example of the Chicago Cubs, is getting into the ticket scalping business.

ARCTIC MONKEYS announced that bassist Andy Nicholson will not be with the band o­n their upcoming American tour, due to the all-too-common exhaustion.

GOD ONLY KNOWS: At My Old Kentucky Blog, Dodge is following his compilations of Joy Division's "Love Will Tear Us Apart" and The Smiths' "There's A Light That Never Goes Out" with the Beach Boys classic, as interpreted by David Bowie, Petra Haden, Elvis Costello, Claudine Longet, a duet of Michael Stipe and Mandy Moore, plus more...

THE GO-GOS have still got the beat, 25 years after the band's debut release, Beauty and the Beat. Fortunately, YouTube still has a live version of "We Got The Beat" from Britain's Old Grey Whistle Test and the classic video of "Our Lips Are Sealed," with a bonus video of the other version of "Lips" by Fun Boy Three.

MARY WILSON of the Supremes was scheduled for bypass surgery Monday, after experiencing chest pains over the weekend. Obviously, we hope that afterward, love will be the o­nly itching in her heart.

AXL ROSE will probably not be modeling for Tommy Hilfiger, who threw the singer to the pavement outside a NYC club early Sunday morning.

GNARLS BARKLEY tops the UK charts for the eighth straight week with the smash hit "Crazy," which is now the biggest single in Britain in more than a decade. The ballad version from Top of the Pops is also pretty great. Hear them before the French Hotel wrecks it. BONUS: The GB cover of the Violent Femmes' "Gone Daddy Gone."

THE EUROVISION SONG CONTEST was won by the controversial Finnish shock metal band Lordi. London's Independent views the band as part of a tradition encompassing, Arthur Brown, Alice Cooper, KISS and more. You can see the winning performance of "Hard Rock Hallelujah" via YouTube.

CHEAP TRICK: In the Chicago Sun-Times, Jim DeRogatis looks at the class action lawsuit the band has filed against Sony BMG, accusing the label of consistently shortchanging the musicians o­n royalties from music sold via Internet services such as Apple's iTunes. The accounting does seem a bit creative. For example, did you know that the CD is "new technology?"

PETE DOHERTY-KATE MOSS UPDATE: The supposedly sober supermodel reportedly began kicking and punching the troubled singer in the street outsider her pad at 5 a.m. after reading how he sprayed his blood at two MTV cameramen.

MADONNA is hanging o­n a cross, wearing a crown of thorns o­n her new tour. And sampling ABBA's wardrobe, just like she sampled the band's "Gimme Gimme Gimme" for her single, "Hung Up." Someone has posted a minute of Madge doing a cross between a carousel and a pole dance during "Like a Virgin" opening night in L.A..

SIR PAUL and wife Heather may be trying to keep their divorce out of family court, but a fight may be inevitable over custody of their 2-year-old daughter Beatrice. Heather has been spotted looking "pale and gaunt, with barely enough strength to hold herself upright," as she fled to Slovenia to lick her wounds.

JACK BLACK and musician wife Tanya Haden, who eloped in March, are expecting their first child, a boy, early next month. Black seems to have a grip o­n his strengths and areas for improvement as a prospective parent: "I think I will be good when it comes to playtime. I don't know how good I'll do with the discipline."

DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES: Former ER star Alex Kingston says she was turned down for a role because she has too many curves, adding that the super-slim actresses in the hit series make viewers feel guilty about their own size.

ACTORS WITH ISSUES: Tucked into a profile of Hugh Jackman, is this nugget: "An analysis due to be published by the American Psychological Association suggests that about 75 of the industry's 100 best-paid actors saw their parents split when they were young."

DENISE & HEATHER & RICHIE & CHARLIE: Denise Richards was at home minding her own business the other day when she heard Bon Jovi's "Livin' o­n a Prayer" playing from the street outside. She peeked through a window and saw Heather Locklear and a girlfriend in her car with the song blasting. Richards called the stunt "very high school."

BRADGELINA: A Namibian judge dismissed charges o­n Monday against a South African photographer arrested for trespassing while trying to snap Jolie and Pitt. He was released o­n a warning after being detained for three days in a communal cell. London's Sun claims the couple is fighting over treatment for Zahara's "mystery illness." And those rumors about Jolie going into labor over the weekend? Well, the couple dined at an oyster bar o­n Saturday, which suggests she was not. Let's hope she wasn't eating raw shellfish.

TOM-KAT UPDATE: Star magazine claims that Cruise, who says he can't wait to marry Holmes, has postponed any nuptials until after Homes undergoes intensive training o­n how to spot and avoid anyone critical of Scientology. Cruise is reportedly concerned that Holmes be totally committed to Scientology, unlike his ex, Nicole Kidman, whom the National Enquirer claims has been secretly steaming ever since Holmes started playing mommy to Isabella and Connor, the kids Cruise and Kidman adopted during their marriage.

HUGH GRANT and heiress Jemima Khan are reportedly on the rocks. Khan most recently made news after sharing a minute-long kiss with Kate Moss at a charity event.

PENELOPE CRUZ always sees herself as a European actress, to protect herself from the negative things about Hollywood.

SALMA HAYEK defies aging through sheer force of will.

MICHELLE RODRIGUEZ from Lost was sentenced to 60 days in the L.A. County jail Monday for violating her probation. But she'll probably have another good time in jail.

REBECCA ROMIJN likes being a dominatrix in the bedroom and having sex in public places. And she's "really looking forward to starting a family sometime soon."

THE CULT OF THE iPod now includes Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, who claims to have "a total smorgasbord" loaded o­n her iPod, but names Aretha Franklin's "Respect," the Beatles' "Hey Jude" and "Take it to the Limit" by The Eagles when pressed. Probably not the best choices for someone who doesn't want to remind you of her marital woes.

HURRICANE KATRINA: A team of independent investigators led by UC Berkeley's civil engineering school is set to report that design and construction defects in levees around New Orleans raise serious doubts that the system can withstand the pounding of another hurricane the size of Katrina, even after 3.1 billion in repairs are completed.

IRAQ: Are Pres. Bush and UK PM Tony Blair set to announce the beginning of big troop reductions at a summit? That's what Michael Smith, a reporter for the London Sunday Times, claims at the Raw Story. Take it with at least the amount of salt you would use with the Drudge Report. Blair just made a surprise visit to Iraq, during which he and Iraqi PM al-Maliki announced an accelerated timetable for the withdrawing UK troops from much of Iraq, which tends contrary to a joint UK-US statement. However, al-Maliki expects that Iraqi forces could take over security, with the exception of Baghdad and perhaps Al-Anbar, by year's end. Jordan announced the arrest of an unidentified leader of the al Qaeda in Iraq. CBS anchor Harry Smith talked to locals about problems and progress in Baghdad.

KORANIC TUNA UPDATE: It is the second coming as the fish with markings resembling a Koranic text resurfaces after disappearing in Kenya last week.

BEAR ATTACK foiled by a Finnish woman who kicked it in the nose.

CANE TOADS invading Down Under are held in thrall to the smell of desire. You know, desire smells like that to some people.

PIRANHAS have been forced to diet at Birmingham's Sea Life Center.

MONKEYS and APES in Budapest's Zoo drink their way through 55 liters of red wine each year. The apes drink the most wine, which is mixed into their tea. Hiding your drining like that should be a red flag.

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Rare Velvet Underground, New Sonic Youth, a Rain of Fish and Frogs   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, May 22, 2006 - 08:00 AM
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CLICK AND SEE the improbable 1972 reunion of Lou Reed, John Cale and Nico at a club called Le Bataclan in Paris. Nico had parted ways with the Velvet Underground in 1967; Cale left the following year. But Reed and Cale were both recording in England in 1972 and were amenable to doing a show with Nico, who was living in Paris. Reed and Cale play "Heroin." Nico joins them for "Femme Fatale." BONUS: In 1993, Reed and Cale reunited with Mo Tucker and Sterling Morrison for a set that included "Sweet Jane." RELATED: London's Independent looks at how Warhol's endorsement of the VU continues to echo today.

SONIC YOUTH: Rather Ripped isn't due until June 13th, but you can stream every track now from the band's website. o­nTD excerpts from Wire magazine, where we learn that Thurston Moore sees the new album as Sonic Youth's breakout, like Blondie's Parallel Lines.

ELVIS COSTELLO and DIANA KRALL expecting a child? (2nd item.) It will take more evidence to convince me.

THE 25 BEST MUSIC WEBSITES, according to Entertainment Weekly. And Stereogum is gloating over Pitchfork.

PERE UBU frontman David Thomas apparently made some rather questionable comments about rock and authenticity at the Experience Music Project Pop Conference

ARCTIC MONKEYS are planning to make their first feature film, "a kind of music documentary, with lots of fable and fiction and music."

LOVE WILL TEAR US APART... AGAIN: And again. And again. 19 times over. You can stream 'em from the list for My Old Kentucky Blog at the Hype Machine. Indeed, looking at the list from MKOB, it's clear Dodge is also compiling covers of The Smiths' "There's A Light That Never Goes Out." You will know or be able to infer what I mean when I write that today is the day Kevin Penner -- wherever he may be -- should discover this site.

M.I.A.: The British Sri-Lankan star has been denied a visa to visit or work in the US by immigration officials. The NME claims that "It currently remains unclear why MIA, real name Maya Arulpragasam, is being denied entry into America, where her popularity has grown steadily since the release of her 2005 Mercury Music Prize-nominated debut album Arular." Apparently, the NME is unaware that Arular is the name of her father, who was affiliated with the Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka -- a group that has carried out more suicide bombings than any other terrorist group and reportedly invented the individual suicide bomber "jacket" of explosives. M.I.A. uses the Tiger symbols and praises the LTTE and the PLO in her music. And she sees herself as a spokesperson. There was a lengthy, complex discussion of the issue at I Love Music last year -- during which someone predicted this would happen. So why the NME is clueless about it is a mystery.

CONSUMER GUIDE: Robert Christgau's latest is up at the Village Voice, with Dr. John, Fats Domino and Neil Young among the pick hits.

TAPES 'N' TAPES London's Guardian uses the Twin Cities' buzz band as an example of "How to happen overnight." You can stream four tracks from The Loon via MySpace.

DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS did a studio session at Minnesota Public Radio last week for your listening enjoyment.

CAMERA OBSCURA and LLOYD COLE: At Chromewaves, Frank notes that the first single from Camera Obscura's upcoming album is called "Lloyd, I'm Ready To Be Heartbroken," an answer song to the wonderful Lloyd Cole & The Commotions number, "Are You Ready To Be Heartbroken?" Frank rightly notes that Camera Obscura, like Belle & Sebastian, seem to be adding some soul influence to their twee foundation. Frank has other CO links posted also.

JOHN LEE HOOKER will get his first box set, in part because his estate needs money to pay the taxes. Eugene Skuratowicz, manager of the Hooker estate, says : "Our prime drive is his legacy, but the estate needs to get healthy."

PETE DOHERTY UPDATE: Rough Trade are denying reports in British papers that they've dropped the troubled singer's band Babyshambles due to his wretched behavior. Rather, the label's contract with him had come to a natural end. Which is more likely than Doherty himself coming to a natural end.

SIR PAUL may blame the media for his divorce from Heather, but what that may mean is that Heather was frustrated at having her "important" charity work eclipsed by him, despite his reclusive nature.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: The Da Vinci Code proved critic-proof, raking in 77 million bucks domestically and 224 million wolrdwide -- the second-biggest debut ever at the global box office. However, its internal multiplier is around 2.6, raising the possibility of a big drop-off next weekend. Maybe that's why director Ron Howard changed his tune from suggesting that people who might be upset not go see it right away to: "This sounds a little hucksterish, but people really respond to the movie better the second time than they do the first time." Of course, when you've banked a quarter-billion (about double its budget), it's probably not a big worry. Over The Hedge came in second with 37 million, suggesting Ice Age 2 was enough for families for now. Mission: Impossible iii came in third with 11 million -- a steep 56 percent drop over last weekend. However, with 231 million in worldwide receipts to date, it will likely break even or make money, even with marketing costs. But it seems like Hanks has the B.O. bragging rights now.

TOM-KAT UPDATE: Cruise has banned his adopted kids from watching TV and playing computer games. Other parents do this, though I can't help but suspect in Cruise's case, he doesn't want the kids to see how the rest of the world sees him. For example, heading into emeritus status at 60 Minutes, Mike Wallace slams Cruise for campaigning against anti-depressants and psychiatry, insisting he has no idea what he's talking about.

BRADGELINA: Though rumors of Jolie's impending labor swirled all weekend, pics of Pitt bicycle riding with Maddox and Zahara suggest otherwise. The couple is the target of a satire Aniston Friend Courteney Cox is developing for the FX network.

BRITNEY SPEARS: TMZ has pics and video of Spears breaking down after almost spilling her baby (but not her drink) outside the Ritz Carlton Hotel in NYC. The pop tart is also being criticized by a leading dietitian for regularly feeding her baby son ice cream. Also, people are noticing that Spears has hardly seen Spenderline. since revealing she was pregnant again.

MADONNA admits she married Guy Ritchie for the wrong reasons. But that not wearing the wedding ring is nothing to worry about. Move along.

DENISE & HEATHER & RICHIE & CHARLIE: An angry young woman who claims she met Sheen o­nline supports Richards' bombshell claims: "We dated for about a month. He's such a (bleep)ing perv. He would ask me to dress up, like, in pigtails and schoolgirl outfits. I don't think he's like a pedophile, but he's definitely into really young girls. You know like 18, 19. I don't doubt that everything his wife is saying now is true..."

NICOLAS CAGE has bought an island in the Bahamas.

TYRA BANKS: At Slate, J.E. Dahl implies she's a racist, but I don't think that holds up. Anti-Southern, maybe.

LINDSAY LOHAN is raving that she's now officially sexier than Angelina Jolie, based o­n the Maxim Top 100 List. However, no o­ne's yet had the heart to tell Lohan the poll was not the traditional o­ne for 'most sexy,' but for the 'most successful' women in the entertainment industry at the moment. And that the list was compiled before the disappointing box office for Lohan's Just My Luck. Also, La Lohan has been caught canoodling again with the French Hotel's ex-fiancee.

JESSICA ALBA is kicking a** in scenes she's shooting for the MTV Movie Awards.  The picture at the right is nice, but wait until you see her banging some dude's head into a parking meter.

IRAQ: Iraq's parliament approved a national unity government, though incoming Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki was unable to make a final decision about the defense minister, interior minister, and minister for national security. Most of the press coverage also mentioned a series of attacks undoubtedly planned to coincide with the event. At ITM, Mohammed offers his own take. The AP reports o­n Iraqis being split o­n whether the new government will be able to curtail sectarian violence. Although I think such skepticism is warranted, the two most negative quotes in the story come from the widow of an Iraqi soldier killed during the Iran-Iraq war and from a 44-year-old former Iraqi soldier, both from the southern city of Amarah. This suggests they are Sunnis. At ITM, Omar writes that many of his family, friends and acquaintances are leaving Iraq -- or at least Baghdad -- at least temporarily. Omar is a middle-class Sunni, which would suggest that the reports from papers like the NYT address a primarily Sunni migration. The NYT didn't report o­n the at least 1.2 million returnees to Iraq, natch. Nevertheless, the migration does show the urgent need for the new government to put down insurgents, militias and their death squads. The silver lining (such as it is) is that migration by the more peaceful Sunnis may make that task easier.

IRAQ II: IraqPundit looks at the cozy, symbiotic relationship between former Interior Minister Bayan Jabr and WaPo reporter Ellen Knickmeyer. Najim Al Jibouri, the Mayor of Tal Afar, came to Colorado Springs to thank the the 3rd Armored Cavalry at a "welcome home" ceremony. Of course, the US can't solve all of Iraq's problems, such the Iraqi obsession with Lionel Richie.

IRAN: The Iranian parliament passed an Islamic dress code, which requires the approval of Ayatollah Khameni. The good news is that early reports that the law would require the country’s Jews and other religious minorities to wear colored badges turned out to be false, though the idea apparently had been floated (and Iran did this well before the Nazis). The bad news remains that Iranian women will be pressured back into their chardors.

OUR FRIENDS, THE SAUDIS: As bad as the Islamic dress code in Iran is, the contents of supposedly cleaned up schoolbooks in Saudi Arabia remain at least as odious.

SQUIRRELS with vintage cameras. Do squirrels have the cash to afford vintage cameras, or did they just squirrel them away? Please stop me... now.

BEARS RETURN TO GERMANY for the first time in 170 years. And they're looking for revenge. Just kidding about that last bit. I hope.

WHERE'S YOUR MESSIAH NOW? British Weather Services has issued a warning of a summer downpour of frogs and fish. No, really.

FROGS: Speaking of which, frog jockeys faced off Sunday in the Calaveras County Fair and Frog Jump Jubilee, an annual gathering in California's gold country that honors Mark Twain's famed fable, "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County."

CAT-SNATCHERS sentenced to community service for taking Mr. Kibbles from his home and leaving him in the Everglades in February 2005. Yes, I realize I could have gone with a term other than "Cat-snatchers," but I'm trying to behave a little.

DEER ATTACKS remain a danger at Southern Illinois University. At least seven people threatened or injured by does o­n campus last year, prompting the school to start a safety campaign.

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Hoodoo Gurus, Twilight Singers, The Pipettes, and the Koranic Tuna Code   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, May 19, 2006 - 08:00 AM
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...with the HOODOO GURUS. Longtime Pate fans probably know them -- they stopped in Ames, IA o­n their first US tour (and the city is thanked in the notes for Mars Needs Guitars) -- but some of the young'uns may have not heard this Aussie blend of Sixties power-pop, bubblegum pop, Beatle-esque harmonies, psychedelia and grungey garage rock. You can hear all of those elements in the video for "Like Wow, Wipe-Out!" You can hear the influence of disgraced glam rocker Gary Glitter in the video for "Leilani" from Stone-Age Romeos. And when Dale Stevermer and I saw the band open for the Bangles, they brought the Bangles roadies out to go-go dance o­n the risers and do the chanting when they covered Glitter's signature "Rock and Roll, Pt. II." They work the three-chord medley o­n the ballad "My Girl," which is not the Temptations number (Sylvia Hauser should check out the Greyhounds in the vid). You can stream four more wonderful tunes from a fan site o­n MySpace. Oom-gawaa!

FRIDAY TIMEWASTER: Japanese Pepsi Smash is just plain demented.

ERIC CLAPTON slags Simon Cowell, Coldplay and U2, and worries that modern bands are forgetting where rock and roll has come from. He may be right, though some will call him an old fogey for mentioning it.

STING is making an album of 16th century lute music. What would Slowhand say?

THE TWILIGHT SINGERS: I feel a twinge of guilt over missing that former Afghan Whigs frontman Greg Dulli's current band released a new album this week. Dulli talks to Pulse of the Twin Cities about owning a couple of bars in L.A. and how living in New Orleans part-time for the past eight years affected the making of Powder Burns. You can hear some of it via MySpace.

THE PIPETTES: Skatterbrain has the modern girl-group's live, semi-acoustic cover of "I Think We're Alone Now" paired with the original by Tommy James & The Shondells. Elsewhere o­n the 'net, The Rich Girls Are Weeping has a studio track, "ABC," which isn't as good as the Jackson 5 or Len Barry -- or even their own "Your Kisses Are Wasted On Me" -- but it's not bad.

DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS singer/guitarist Mike Cooley tells the Illinois Entertainer that Europeans get "the duality of the Southern thing."

THE BEATLES: Marathon Packs, in conjunction with a contest to win the entire Beatles catalog, notes that "the Beatles are probably o­nly important to a lot of younger music fans in an academic sense, i.e. as history. As in, o­ne must like the Beatles, because they're the Beatles... So, MP has a must-read two-parter o­n favorite "Beatle moments," such as "Count-Offs" (like the classic opening of "I Saw Her Standing There"), "Studio Tricks" (like George's solo from "I'm o­nly Sleeping" played forward and backward), "Ringo's Stick Work" (from "What You're Doing" and "Tomorrow Never Knows") and more, all illustrated with MP3s. And just so Ken King doesn't miss it, o­ne highlight is the opening of "Mr. Moonlight."

VISCERAL SONG MOMENTS: Speaking of which Good Hodgkins surveyed a number of music bloggers to offer up musical moments that convey a "human emotion and cause its listener to feel the same."

ARCTIC MONKEYS hammered Oasis frontman Noel Gallagher in the getting hammered department.

TOM VERLAINE: A former (and future) Television axemeister messes with the New York Post. For example, when asked how it feels when people refer to him as a guitar legend, Verlaine replies: "I feel like I have to get some almond ice cream."

KELLEY STOLTZ may still have obvious Beatles and Beach Boys influences, but he was inspired to be a musician by David Bowie. You can stream three and download two of his tunes at MySpace.

PETE DOHERTY-KATE MOSS UPDATE: The video of the troubled singer seemingly squirting a syringe filled with blood during an MTV interview has surfaced. Meanwhile, the supposedly sober supermodel is now romantically linked to MTV presenter Russell Brand, who has problems of his own.

SIR PAUL is rumored to have agreed to a £50million quickie divorce from wife Heather (who reportedly had delusions of grandeur) to avoid a bitter public squabble over cash. There's also a breakdown of Paul's £825 million fortune at the first link.

NOW SHOWING: The weekend's big story will probably be whether The Da Vinci Code, which is currently rating 16 percent Rotten o­n the Tomatometer, will be beaten by the family friendly Over the Hedge, which opens o­n about 300 more screens and is rating 60 percent Fresh. The remaining wide release, See No Evil, is this week's disposable horror movie we won't bother to advance screen for the critics.

IAN McKELLEN, promoting The Da Vinci Code o­n the Today show Thursday morning, responded to those who wanted a disclaimer at the beginning of the movie this way: "I’ve often thought the Bible should have a disclaimer at the front saying 'This is fiction.' I mean walking o­n water? I mean, it takes an act of faith." Well, yes, it does. McKellen went o­n to say he found the Bible "somewhat preachy" and called the ending "a bit of a downer."

RON HOWARD, director of The Da Vinci Code, is urging people not to see the movie right away if they suspect the movie will upset them. Which is a comment studio folk will haul out if the movie underperforms this weekend.

WILLIAM SHATNER and AVRIL ALVIGNE play father and daughter in Over the Hedge, but never met each other until they interviewed each other for Moviefone, asking questions submitted over the 'net. The two discuss doing voices for an animated movie, Lavigne's favorite song, their homeland Canada, science-fiction versus comedy, the three things they love about movies and more. Not bad at all for a promo device.

DENISE & HEATHER & RICHIE & CHARLIE & DAVID: David Spade's rebound romance with Heather Locklear has ended, according to In Touch Weekly. John Stamos talked about dating Denise Richards and nearly hooking up with Heather o­n Howard Stern's radio show.

BRITNEY SPEARS: A few days after the baby car seat flap, the pop tart almost drops Sean Preston while carrying a drink in her other hand. After the incident, Spears said, "This is why I need a gun."

JENNIFER LOPEZ: Is she pregnant? Popsugar weighs the evidence.

LINDSAY LOHAN: 37-year-old movie director Brett Ratner, o­nce rumored to be romancing 19-year-old Li-lo, admitted he would like to photograph her naked.

BRADGELINA: The paparazzi are getting restless in Namibia as the widely reported due date of May 18th passes. D'ya think Jolie fed them a fake date? I do! The couple are said to have struck a £2.6million deal with a US weekly magazine for the first pictures of the baby, with the money going to UNICEF. Pitt's family denies being angry with Jolie, though Pitt's mother remains close to his ex, Jennifer Aniston.

CHRIS TUCKER, whose o­nly major movie credits are Rush Hour and Rush Hour 2, is going to collect 25 million smackers for Rush Hour 3. Lesson -- you o­nly need to be able to do o­ne thing well to be successful.

CHER turns 60 Saturday. There is no way I will top Jossip's headline.

KEIRA KNIGHTLEY talks to Vogue about fashion (d-uh), movie costumes and using fashion to play a character o­n the red carpet.

MY WISH LIST: I was watching Goldfinger last night and it reminded me that someone could buy me Oddjob's hat when it goes up for auction next month.

IRAQ: Chris Albritton, who is blogging from Iraq, has more o­n Iran arming the insurgency. Thomas Friedman of The New York Times predicts the next few months are crucial, every few months. Amir Taheri, the former editor of Iran's largest daily newspaper, takes a look at the big picture and the future.

IRAN: Pres. Ahmadinejad is writing a letter to Pope Benedict. Anyone want to bet it will be another da'wa?

NSA SURVEILLANCE: BellSouth asked USA Today o­n Thursday to "retract the false and unsubstantiated statements" about the company that it contends were in a May 11 story about a database of domestic calling records maintained by the National Security Agency. The paper is reviewing the request.

BABY ZOO ANIMALS are featured in an AOL slideshow. Awww...

KITTY is a 400 lb. lion being kept as a pet, along with a dozen dogs and a lizard, by the Collins family in Melvin, KY. Some of the neighbors ar less than thrilled. You have imaginary banjo music playing in your head right now, don't you?

TRACKING THE KILLER GATOR: Florida Fish and Wildlife workers say they have found new evidence but that they still have not nabbed the gator responsible for killing a woman in Marion County over the weekend.

A FOUR-FOOT ANACONDA was found slithering around o­ne of Britain’s biggest shopping centers.

A RACCOON survived an 11,000 volt electric shock in southeast Cyprus.

APES are able to plan ahead, researchers report in Friday's issue of the journal Science. They are just waiting for the big war.

DOGS: Pepe, a Jack Russell terrier, darted over a cliff's edge in Pacific Palisades while chasing a squirrel, landing o­n the Pacific Coast Highway. Pepe lived, but his owner had to be rescued from the face of the cliff. Zion, a Labrador retriever, retrieved a 9-year-old boy from the Roaring Fork River after the boy fell overboard from his raft.

KORANIC TUNA UPDATE: The fish with markings that resembled a Koranic text has disappeared from the Kenyan Fisheries Department in Mombasa. It's being called a theft, but maybe it's a miracle.

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Thursday, May 18, 2006 - 08:00 AM
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THE EIGHTEENTH DAY OF MAY is a British psych-folk band, with the psychedelia sounding a little more American and the folk sounding a little more British. It seemed like this would be a good day to feature them. You can hear "Hide and Seek," the single that came out last week, via the Hype Machine. You can also stream a couple from the band's self-titled debut album at MySpace. The band has an extended version of "Eighteen Days," recorded while o­n tour with the Minus 5 and Robyn Hitchcock, available in the band's blog, with live and studio downloads elsewhere at the official website, plus four more live cuts via KEXP's blog.

AUSTIN CITY LIMITS FEST has posted the initial lineup for 2006, including Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Van Morrison, Willie Nelson, the Flaming Lips, Gnarls Barkley, the Raconteurs, the Shins, Feist, Stars, Cat Power and the Memphis Rhythm Band, the New Pornographers, Son Volt, Nickel Creek, Iron & Wine, Calexico and many, many more...

KEITH RICHARDS' fall from a coconut tree may cost the Rolling Stones 15 million bucks.

SUFJAN STEVENS talks to Pitchfork about The Avalanche, copyright law, ornithology, punk band the Ex and his imaginary baby. Scott from Sterogum ended up staring at the back of Sufjan's head at a Laura Veirs concert. I can relate, as I stared at the back of Bob Mould's head when Soul Asylum opened for Husker Du o­n the Flip Your Wig tour.

TRESPASSERS WILLIAM discusses alternate sequencing of their album o­n their blog. You can stream a couple of new and old tracks via MySpace.

SEEN YOUR VIDEO: I am teasing you by telling you that the Mamas & Papas lip-synced "California Dreaming" really well o­n Hullaballoo, but not showing you the go-go dancers, who are worth the wait.

THE PRETENDERS: Chrissie Hynde's high school nickname was Bernice.


THE 50 WORST ARTISTS IN MUSIC HISTORY according to Blender magazine, which seems to believe music history started in the mid-to-late 1960s.

THE KINKS: Now that my ex-college roomie Dale is a Pate site member, I must post the demo of "I Go To Sleep" I found o­n the Hype Machine.

HARD-FI: The Clash-influenced DIY rockers are profiled in London's Guardian, with frontman Richard Archer wanting the band to be the biggest in the world without forgetting where they came from. And railing against the rumor that he dated Scarlett Johansson. You can sample the band via MySpace.

SIR PAUL and HEATHER MILLS are splitsville after four years of marriage and blame the media for it. Paul didn't want a prenup, so if their split reaches court, it could be the biggest divorce case in British history. I would settle for a dollar per allusion to "We Can Work It Out" and "She's Leaving Home" I read today.

ISSAC HAYES and wife Adjowa announced the birth of their baby son. He was born o­n April 10th, but with Issac being a Scientologist, the actual birth was probably quiet.

THE ARTIST FORMERLY KNOWN AS CAT STEVENS, a/k/a Yusuf Islam, is returning with a new album that he hopes will bridge the divide between Islam and the west. He has his work cut out for him. He expressed horror over the 9/11 attacks, but that followed his support for the fatwa against Salman Rushdie, his stated belief that Taliban-style extremism was a product of the media and Hollywood, his calling Judaism a "so-called religion" when he was the guest of honor at a fundraiser for a group identified by the Canadian government as a "front" for the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas, his support for Saddam Hussein, as well as his possibly funding blind sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman, who was convicted for the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, and Hamas.

LINDSAY LOHAN throws a tantrum when That 70s Show cast member (and Scientologist) Danny Masterson refused to admit her to his weekly jazz night at an L.A. club because he doesn't respect the way she lives her life. At least she can find consolation in her perfect breasts.

THE FRENCH HOTEL and oil heir (and Mischa Barton ex-bf) Brandon Davis hate Lindsay Lohan. TMZ has the video of Davis unleashing a filthy torrent as Hilton laughs with approval. At o­ne point, Davis hurls a racial invective toward Lohan's ex-bf Wilmer Valderrama, asking, "Is he in a mariachi band?"

MISCHA BARTON, the OC hottie, has a hard time hailing a taxi in NYC. Taxi drivers have a hard time spotting the nearly two-dimensional.

TOM-KAT UPDATE: Friends say that Holmes has been "constantly in tears" since the birth of the Tom-Kitten, sparking fears she has post-partum depression. Her fiancée Cruise, of course, publicly criticized Brooke Shields for taking anti-depressants for post-partum depression, as psychiatric drugs are frowned o­n by Scientology. But what does Scientology say about karma?

BRITNEY SPEARS and Spenderline have fallen far enough that they are dissed with impunity by seventies supermodel Janice Dickinson: "I never found him hot at all. But she’s a hick anyway. She needs to get hot again. Stop clomping around in those Malibu flip-flops."

JESSICA SIMPSON: The pneumatic blonde is miffed that her sister is stealing her look.

THE DA VINCI CODE: Although I will post "Now Showing" o­n Friday, it appears that the Code drew lukewarm praise, shrugs of indifference, some jeering laughter and a few derisive jabs at the Cannes Film Festival. The New York Times, Variety and The Hollywood Reporter are among those panning the flick. The National Organization for Albinism and Hypopigmentation is upset because it will be the 68th movie since 1960 to feature an evil albino.

BOTTLE ROCKET: The debut film of Wes Anderson was an expansion of this 13-minute short.

TONY SNOW: The new White House press secretary's first televised briefing is reviewed in Variety.

GREY'S ANATOMY: The ABC hit will go head-to-head with CSI next Fall. The ABC upfront -- where the network unveiled its Fall lineup for advertisers -- included a gender-bending parody of the show's famous shower dream sequence. Which was a good excuse to link to the latter again.

TX TEACHER MISCONDUCT: An English teacher at a Texas high school is accused of having a sexual relationship with a student, after asked an assistant principal if he could take a female student to the prom. A biology teacher at another Texas high school reportedly resigned after she sent a female student an inappropriate video clip by cell phone.

IRAQ: Prime Minister-designate Nouri al-Maliki told the AP that he would present the Cabinet to parliament o­n Saturday, with or without a decision o­n the critical ministries of interior and defense. Rep. John Murtha, an outspoken war critic, claims that Marines "killed innocent civilians in cold blood" after allegedly responding to a roadside bomb ambush that killed a Marine during a patrol in Haditha. The incident is still under investigation. "I do not know where Rep. Murtha is obtaining is information," said Lt. Col. Sean Gibson, a spokesman for Marine Corps Forces Central Command. So much for "innocent until proven guilty" or even charged. But if these soldiers did commit atrocities, Murtha doesn't blame them; he blames the Bush Administration.

IRAN is shelling Kurdish villages in Iraq. And executing a 17-year-old-girl for killing an attempted rapist (had she been raped, she could hav received 100 lashes for having extra-marital sex). And Pres. Ahmadinejad rejecting the offer of a light-water nuclear reactor: "Do you think you are dealing with a 4-year-old child to whom you can give some walnuts and chocolates and get gold from him?"

CARTOON JIHAD: Harper's magazine has reprinted the Danish cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad, with commentary by leading American cartoonist Art Spiegelman, who offers what he calls a "fatwa bomb meter" to rate their offensiveness. He's wrong about why they were first printed, he's probably right in writing that the cartoons appear "banal and inoffensive" to secular eyes, revealing a gulf in understanding, and that US news outlets were not showing them out of "political correctness that smelled of hypocrisy and fear." The European Commission against Racism and Intolerance blasted the cartoons as provocative.  Meanwhile, several European secret services are o­n the lookout for special Islamist commandos allegedly trying to kill the 12 Danish cartoonists.

MAGGIE THE ELEPHANT is not much interested in using her treadmill to go for a brisk morning walk, or for that matter an afternoon or evening walk. There are days where I can sympathize with that.

HIPPOS: As a public service announcement, I advise you against trying to outrun a hippo -- they have been clocked in short running dashes at 30 mph.

MOUNTAIN LIONS: As a second public service announcement, I note that a cougar can fit through your dog door and may find your pet cat to be tasty.

FLORIDA GATOR ATTACKS: Three recent fatal attacks have caused the Statewide Nuisance Alligator Program in Okeechobee to be swamped with calls -- 225 o­n Monday alone, which is more than double the amount of calls answered last year. In Bradenton, a woman shot a gator that came into her home and attacked her dog. The local deputy gave her a warning citation for hunting without a license.

JERSEY BEARS: For the third time in less than two weeks, a black bear was caught in an urban part of the Garden State and was to be killed because of a state policy that bans the bruins from densely populated areas. Life imitates The Sopranos.

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