SLY STONE: Yet another version of the Grammy story. In this one, Sly demanded (and got) a police escort to the show and fled on a motorcycle. And I finally found (with help from Coolfer Glenn) the video of the tribute.
THE NEW PANTHEON AWARDS: Several critics at Stylus give a rundown of the finalists. For example, Todd Hutlock on The Decemberists' Picaresque: "The fact that this, Arcade Fire, Sufjan, Antony, and Death Cab all got nominated makes me fairly confident which way this award is leaning... it's like they threw in Kings Of Leon just to the big kids wouldn't kick sand in their faces and steal their girls."
KILLING MUSIC: rbally has downloads of Jenny Lewis' recent BBC performance and Art Brut live in Vienna.
MEAT LOAF: His jet shot off a Manchester runway due to weight problems. So. Many. Punchlines.
BJORK is profiled by London's Guardian. Turns out she's a UNICEF goodwill ambassaor. And she talks about the infamous swan dress.
"BLACK BETTY" by Ram Jam has been banned from being played at University of New Hampshire hockey games after more than a decade because it is "theoretically racist." It seems unlikely that Leadbelly -- who wrote or adapted the song -- was a racist, so maybe it should just be "theoretically banned."
SEEN YOUR VIDEO: "My Funny Valentine" as rendered by Rufus Wainwright with mom Kate McGarrigle on piano, and Chaka Khan. ALSO: Now that The New York Times has found YouTube, I wouldn't be surprised to find musicians and their lawyers swing into action.
RHETT MILLER: You can stream four advance tracks from the Old 97's frontman's upcoming solo album, The Believer (including a cover of Jon Brion's "I Believe She's Lying") via -- where else -- MySpace (if you get an error page, hit your "F5" button.).
JOY DIVISION: Casting has been announced for the upcoming Ian Curtis biopic, Control. Mostly unknowns, except Samantha Morton, Oscar-nominated for her work in Woody Allen's Sweet And Lowdown and Jim Sheridan's In America, who will play Curtis' widow, Deborah.
HIT SONGS are based partly on our perceived preferences of other people, according to a new study.
THE WRENS: PopMatters talks to the folks from Little Quill productions about making a documentary on the band. There's footage at Little Quill's website. You can stream and download "She Sends Kisses" from MySpace.
PETE DOHERTY-KATE MOSS UPDATE: Hours after vowing on national television to stay away from crack and heroin, the troubled singer was reportedly kicked out of a football match for taking heroin in the toilets. At this rate it's hard for the BBC's Doherty timeline to stay current! Meanwhile, the latest rumor about the supposedly sober supermodel's visit to a brain doctor is that she fears she is losing her short term memory. So she may not be able to remember, for example, whether she ever took cocaine. It would also explain why she kept making up with Doherty. Look for the pair to star in a remake of 50 First Dates.
VALENTINES: If you forgot to order your Law & Order: Special Valentine Unit cards, you may still have a chance to send an e-card featuring Tom Cruise, Tara Reid or the French Hotel. from the Gallery of the Absurd. Sadly, you can't get Ernest Borgnine or The Olsen Twins in that format. BONUS: "A Valentine's ode to TomKat: "It's love when your sweetie passes over a long list of Hollywood prospects, including Jessica Alba, Kate Bosworth and even 18-year-old Lindsay Lohan, for you!"
FIRST KISSES: Celebs share their generally embarrassing stories. And Heather Graham reveals she has terrible business sense.
MEMORABLE SCREEN KISSES are categorized -- e.g., "The desperate kiss," "The kiss in the rain," etc. -- at MSNBC.
ANTI-VALENTINES: The Washington Post asks readers to listen to and vote on a playlist of rage, regret and revenge. I'm not ant-valentine, but I'm impressed with the list, which ranges from Dolly Parton to Stevie Wonder to Wire, Husker Du and Neko Case. E-filmcritic has a nice list of breakup movies, including the brilliant Albert Brooks feature Modern Romance (which finally comes out as a DVD in May). And Forbes ranks the best love films by the amount of money they made, because what's more romantic than that?
ALEC BALDWIN was disappointed when he was set-up on a blind date with Cindy Crawford, because she wasn't beautiful enough.
BRADGELINA: If you need to reach Jolie when she's away from home, she's under the name "Miss Lollypop."
TOM-KAT UPDATE: Cruise is threatening to sue acclaimed biographer Andrew Morton after discovering he has hired a gay porn star to shed light on Cruise's private life.
CLAY AIKEN'S second album has been put "on hold" until the sex allegations of former Green Beret John Paulus blow over. Pun intended?
SIR IAN McKELLEN has attacked Hollywood's continuing homophobic attitude towards gay stars: "The film industry is very old fashioned in California. It is very, very, very difficult for an American actor who wants a film career to be open about his sexuality. And even more difficult for a woman if she's lesbian." Sorry, I'm not buying that last part.
BANDIDAS: Penelope Cruz and Salma Hayek are starring in a melange of Bad Girls, The Magnificent Seven, and Buth Cassidy & the Sundance Kid. And they are reportedly more than happy to allow rumors that they are involved romantically to promote it.
BRITNEY SPEARS will celebrate Mardi Gras in New Orleans later this month, because she wants the city to continue its annual traditions. She'll be the chick looking for those beaded necklaces, y'all!
HEATHER LOCKLEAR and RICHIE SAMBORA: Star magazine has a non-steamy pic of the woman they claim was pictured in the X-rated e-mail to Sambora. along with a description of the the latter.
JUDE LAW and SIENNA MILLER: I love it when a gossip site reports that the two have permanently split and that they are rumored to have rekindled their stormy romance six hours later.
IRAQ: At Iraq the Model, Omar notes that the Shia (UIA) bloc's nomination of Jafari to become the new Prime Minister will most likely complicate the process of forming the government and potentially split the UIA. Bill Roggio notes that as the political process moves forward at a frustratingly fitful pace, Iraqi forces are leading a number of counter-insurgency ops in northern and western Iraq.
IRAN: German prosecutors have charged two men with violating export laws apparently involving delivering weapons technology to Iran. A European Union diplomat claims that a larger group under investigation is believed to have ties to the nuclear black market run by Pakistan's now-disgraced nuclear scientist A.Q. Khan. Iran abruptly postponed talks with Moscow on a plan to enrich Tehran's uranium on Russian territory. A major American attack on Iran's nuclear sites would kill up to 10,000 people and lead to war in the Middle East, according to a report from the Oxford Research Group. Daveed Gartenstein-Ross looks at exploiting Iran's internal political fissures; Amir Taheri goes even deeper on the subject. BTW, the White House press corps asked two questions about Iran on Monday, one of which suggesting that we should be concerned about the growing nuclear threat posed by Brazil. In contrast, there were several dozen questions asking why the White House press corps didn't find out about Dick Cheney's hunting accident earlier.
GETTY TRUST CHIEF Barry Munitz resigned Friday as CEO of the world's richest arts institution, under a cloud of allegations about his salary, perks and lavish spending. Instead of leaving with a 2.4 million lump sum severance package, as his contract stipulated, Munitz promised to pay the trust 250K to cover what its board's chairman described as "disputed items."
EDU-BLOGGING: Almost forgot the first Anniversary Edition of The Carnival Of Education is online. Ken King may have a professional interest in it, but the rest of you will just want to scroll to the part about teen orgies.
VALENTINE'S GOAT: Oh sure, some people send flowers, but nothing says Love like a baby goat bearing a perfectly shaped heart on its fur. Video at the link.
GIGANTIC WHITE WORM smells like lillies. Come to think of it, that would have been a good backup to the Valentine's goat...
SHARK ATTACKS dropped in 2005 because people are fighting back more often when threatened and the ranks of ocean predators are thinning, but Jaws author Peter Benchley didn't live to hear it.
DOGS have regional accents just like their owners, a study claims.