THE REPLACEMENTS' classic appearance on The Show That Cannot Be Named is back online, with Paul Westerberg dropping an F-bomb just off-mic during the anthemic "Bastards of Young." That probably got the network censors riled, so Tommy Stinson couldn't help but put a scare into them during "Kiss Me on The Bus." Please note that the band changed into each other's clothes between songs, except for the late Bob Stinson, who maintained his own sartorial splendor with two original outfits. IIRC, this appearance launched Tim to around No. 186 on the Billboard album chart. ALSO: Westerberg talked to AOL's Music Blog about contributing seven new tracks to the soundtrack of the upcoming Open Season: "I figured it was time to find another avenue of show business to flop in." You can stream an advance track there, too.
THE AUSTIN CITY LIMITS FEST starts Friday! Some of the sets will be webcast via evil corporate giant AT & T. Dallas blogger Gorilla vs. Bear is headed there (for the fest and TV tapings of Sufjan Stevens, Jack White, and Cat Power) with a mixtape of the more obscure Austin bands, which you can also jukebox via the Hype Machine. Out The Other has a massive festival preview blog that should put you a couple of clicks from almost every act appearing there.
DRIVE-BY TRUCKER Jason Isbell talks to the Macon Telegraph from the road about books, food and the didgeridoo.
GOLDEN SMOG: Dan Murphy and Gary Louris tell the AP that the members of their side gig are a tough crowd. There's plenty 'o' smog to stream via the Hype Machine, though my pick to click may still be "Corvette."
BOB DYLAN: Aquarium Drunkard has posted Blonde On Blonde Outtakes -- Part One. You can stream 'em from the link or jukebox 'em via the Hype Machine. The track listing includes rarities like "Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window" and alternate takes of classics like "Visions of Johanna."
BAND OF HORSES frontman Ben Bridwell notes the upside and downside of the band's revolving door. Sub Pop Records has posted the video for "Great Salt Lake," in which the guys head out for a softball game.
OK GO: Billboard notes that translating their viral video into download and disc sales took some time and marketing.
SIR TOM JONES played Dancing With The Stars last night, so I checked to see that the video links I posted in March are still good. I'll throw in "What's New, Pussycat?" as a bonus.
ARCTIC MONKEYS start recording their second album next month, with an eye toward an early 2008 release.
PETE DOHERTY UPDATE: The troubled singer's band, Babyshambles, has in fact inked a deal with Parlophone.
WHITNEY HOUSTON is divorcing Bobby Brown. Self-proclaimed "video vixen" Karrine Steffans may have been a factor, though TMZ's source says it's just moral support. The fact that Houston (pictured above with mogul-mentor Clive Davis) no longer looks like a homeless crack ho might also be a factor. SEMI-RELATED: Let's enjoy this tune from Islands -- Don't Call Me Whitney, Bobby.
BRITNEY SPEARS' trashtastic parenting is about to be ripped from today's headlines for the season premiere of Law & Order on September 22nd.
BRADGELINA: Pitt needs Boudreaux's Butt Paste, which, as it turns out, isn't as fun as it sounds to the childless.
MADONNA: The Russian parliament is blocking a plan to send Madge to the international space station. Won't they do anything to make the world a better place?
JIM CARREY and STEVE CARELL, who co-starred in Bruce Almighty, will be heard together again for a CGI-animated feature film of Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who.
TOM-KAT UPDATE: You can bet Cruise will be unhappy with an upcoming book by former Tony Pellicano associate Paul Barresi -- especially this interview with a a p0rn star named "Big Red." Cruise's lawyers, otoh, may be delighted.
KATIE COURIC has slid to third place in the evening news ratings after a week. Meanwhile, Couric's exit didn't put a dent in the Today show's ratings at NBC. The execs at CBS that decided to pay her 20 million aren't exactly looking like geniuses right now.
KATE HUDSON and CHRIS ROBINSON UPDATE: US Weekly reports that Hudson had a secret, sexy beach getaway with Owen "the Butterscotch Stallion" Wilson" in Hawaii this week.
JOAQUIN PHOENIX and EVA MENDEZ: Caught canoodling at Unik's party for Wyclef Jean last week.
THE FRENCH HOTEL was caught canoodling on video with Blink 182's Travis Barker. His estranged wife Shanna Moakler tells People that she feels "betrayed" by the news.
BORAT: British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen will be on the agenda when Kazakhstan's Pres. Nazarbayev meets with Pres. Bush. Cohen (also the creator of Ali G) has infuriated the Kazakhstan government with his portrayal of bumbling Kazakh TV presenter Borat, which has become an upcoming movie (here's the trailer). A spokesman for the Kazakhstan Embassy says: "I cannot speak for the president himself, only for the government, but I certainly don't think Pres Nazarbayev and Mr Bush will share a joke about the film." Though it would be a smarter PR move if they did.
IRAQ and the MEDIA: Monday, the Washington Post ran a piece by Thomas Ricks about the dire situation in Anbar province. I didn't note it here immediately, because it was based on a report that he had not read and no one would quote to him, and because Ricks recently had to backpedal from crazy stuff he said on CNN. Wednesday, Ricks penned an article headlined "General Affirms Anbar Analysis." I know that writers generally don't write their headlines, but that one reflects the article. Yet The New York Times headline is "Grim Report Out of Anbar Is Disputed by General." The reality is a little more complex than either account. The US did not focus on Anbar until last Fall. Some Sunni tribesmen have joined the new government, but this also drove extremists in those tribes to AQ in Iraq. Meanwhile, the Iraqi Army has taken the lead in Tal Afar, and there is continued success recruiting more police in Anbar generally. But that's not as "sexy" a story as super-secret reports of doom.
ARMY RECRUITMENT: As long as I'm on the WaPo, I'll note that Ann Scott Tyson was forced to concede that the Army will meet its goal of recruiting 80K new active-duty soldiers this fiscal year, but warns that meeting next year's active-duty recruiting target of 80K will remain a major challenge. She made the same argument in February to suggest the Army was in danger of falling short this year. You would think that Ms. Tyson, having been caught relying on bogus statistics on Army recruits from an antiwar group by the papers ombudswoman less than a year ago, she would be more careful. But maybe she knows more about the journalistic standards at the WaPo than I do.
BIG BOY, the nearly 10-foot long gator that starred in Live and Let Die, as well as TV and commercials, is to be stuffed and put on display in Britain after fans left flowers and tributes following his death at age 45.
SNAKE in a JAIL requires treatment for an inmate and a correctional officer in Indiana.
HEY, IS THAT A SNAKE IN YOUR KNICKERS? Yes.
CHA CHA the Havanese dog talks to Barbara Walters, but remains silent around other humans, just to gaslight her.
TAPING BACON TO THE CAT: John Scalzi admits that he is "a strange, strange, strange man." Pic at the link, natch.
A GROUPER kills a spear-fisherman. It's like The Old Man and the Sea, only more stupid.