THE WHITE STRIPES' forthcoming disc, Get Behind Me Satan, is previewed at The ModernAge. Miss Modernage says the single, "Blue Orchid," "Reminds me of full on Led Zeppelin." Elsewhere there be marimbas and electric piano.
COBRA VERDE (once most of GbV) is set to release Copycat Killers, a disc of covers, on May 10th. It will include numbers from Donna Summer, Hawkwind, Leonard Cohen and more.
BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE: Although Chart Attack reported that the band will stagger the release of three discs beginning later this year, but sources closer to the band are not at all sure that will happen.
JOHN LENNON on LICENSE PLATES in Florida. Even more strange is that Yoko isn't charging for it.
MEET THE NEW POPE: Same as the old Pope? London's Times has a handy bio calling Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI, an intellectual bedfellow of John Paul II. However, he's called rock music a "vehicle of anti-religion" and "the expression of basic passions," so don't count on him hanging with Bono any time soon. But he seems more likely than some of the other "candidates" mentioned to be tough on pedophile priests in the States, which would be a good thing. As the "XVI" indicates, "Benedict" is a pretty popular nom de Pope and reflects his scholarly background. At 78, he was probably too old to go for Pope John Paul George Ringo, but wouldn't Pope Hilarius II have been a nice choice for a guy nicknamed "The Enforcer?"
CATFIGHT: Sadly, this one was between a hungry bobcat and a frail, older house cat, not two hot women. Fortunately, there were no fatalities.
CELEBRITY BLOGS, both real and fake, are covered by the Ottowa Sun.
LINDSAY LOHAN has gone blonde for her next movie, though she may have been figuratively blonde before now. Page Six didn't have a photo online, but Stereogum has one.
SEEN YOUR VIDEO: AOL will make thousands of older music videos available for free and on demand.
DINOSAUR, JR.: Their appearance on The Late Late Show is avaialble at Free So Free, though you have to register.
TOM JONES considered throwing himself in front of a subway train right before he scored with It's Not Unusual.
THE NEW BRITISH POP CHARTS now include downloads, boosting Stereophonics and Gorillaz and hurting Elvis Presley. But "Is This the Way to Amarillo?" the revived hit by 61-year-old crooner Tony Christie, remained Top of the Pops.
PETE DOHERTY UPDATE: The troubled fomer Libertine (and current libertine?) met up with former bandmate Carl Barat for the first time in about a year. A little chilly at first, but then the pair got rather chummy.
BRITISH CHANNEL FOUR compiled a list of 100 Greatest Albums. Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band is number seven and still places higher than Revolver. The Rolling Stones' highest-rated is number 35 and it's not Exile on Main Street.
WHAT ARE THEY THINKING? Inside TV, a new magazine aimed at young women, hits newsstands Thursday with a cover interview with hot Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria. The intent is to show a good side of celebrities in fashion and homes. Right... as if everyone doesn't know what's on Eva's nightstand? Not that there's anything wrong with that.
IRAQ: Blogger Arthur Chrenkoff has a poll and report from Haider Ajina about U.S. withdrawal, street demonstrations and the U.S. media coverage of them.
ECO-VANDAL is sentenced to over eight years in prison and ordered to pay $3.5 million for his role in a spree of arson and vandalism that targeted gas-guzzling Hummers and other sports utility vehicles.
DORK STREET: You don't want to live there.
IS THE U.S. LOSING THE HI-TECH RACE? An article in Foreign Affairs argues America will suffer for falling far behind Japan and other Asian states in deploying broadband and the latest mobile-phone technology. Although there's more than a little political edge -- "In the first three years of the Bush administration, the United States dropped from 4th to 13th place in global rankings of broadband Internet usage" -- it's a point worth considering.
JOHN BOLTON had the Senate Foreign Relations Committee vote on his nomination as U.N. ambassador delayed for three weeks after Sen. George Voinovich (R-OH) asked for more time to study allegations that Bolton was a bully to State Department staffers and others: "I think one's interpersonal skills and their relationship with their fellow man is a very important ingredient in anyone that works for me. I call it the kitchen test." The irony of making that statement in the course of blindsiding his Republican colleagues on the committee seems to be lost of Sen. Voinovich.
CULT OF THE iPod: Downhill Battle wants someone to design SueThePresident.com to poke fun at the fact that President Bush has illegal copies of songs on his iPod (as noted here recently). Davka will put the Torah on your iPod. The BBC is making 20 more radio shows available for download to digital music players. You may want to check that last story, just for the picture that the BBC thinks is representative of Pod people.
POLICE MONKEY: The Mesa, AZ Police Department is seeking about 100 grand in federal grant money to purchase and train a capuchin monkey -- considered the second smartest primate to the chimpanzee -- to use in Mesa SWAT operations.
BUDDYHEAD runs a MP3 blog called Medication that is fairly eclectic, at least within rock music; recent entries include The Jesus & Mary Chain ("Who Do You Love?"), The Allman Brothers ("Melissa" and "One Way Out"), The Gun Club ("Sex Beat"), Captain Beefheart and his Magic Band, Stevie Wonder and more.
MARY CAREY: The former porn star and one-time candidate for California governor was arrested last Friday in an undercover sting operation at a Lakewood strip club, according to KIRO 7 Eyewitness News. Touching the wrong thing at the wrong time, allegedly.
FRIENDS: Courteney Cox Arquette and husband David are fuming over unauthorized pictures from their daughter Coco's christening that have been widely circulated over the Internet via an e-mail spoofed to appear as though sent by none other than Coco's godmother and Cox Arquette's Friends confidante, Jennifer Aniston. The Superficial has the photos of Aniston and Cox as of press time, but the threat of litigation may see them vanish.
MICHELLE WILLIAMS: Gawker notes an incident tending to support the rumor that the ex-Dawson's Creek cutie is pregnant. And that boyfriend Heath Ledger seems to be spreading that rumor.