CREAM began its three-night reunion at Madison Square Garden. While the Boston Globe had a boffo review, Rolling Stone, the New York Daily News and The New York Times were a bit more restrained in their praise.
WILCO has four tracks from the upcoming live DVD available for view in streaming Quicktime.
THE HIVES recently did a DJ stint playing some of their favorite tunes for the Ausie Broadcating Corp., which can be streamed from the link.
THE BLUE VAN: If you think the Hives are okay, you may well like The Blue Van, a Danish outfit that cites The Who, The Small Faces, The Sonics and the MC5 as influences. You can stream a few from MySpace. There are a couple of MP3s for download at You Ain't No Picasso, including a cover of "Have Love, Will Travel," but it's not killing music, as they are available through the band's website. But if you go to the band's site, you can also snag a cover of "Papa's Got A Brand New Bag."
ELVIS PRESLEY: Most everyone has seen the King with President Nixon, but Elvis World Japan has a directory full of other celebrity meetings, including Rosalyn Carter, B.B. King, Jane Russell, country great Hank Snow, Sophia Loren and many, many, more.
MYSTERY TRAIN: Locust St. is killing music with the original single by Little Junior's Blue Flames.
THE POSIES: Jon Auer is interviewed in Losing Today.
COLDPLAY frontman Chris Martin has revealed that Coldplay's lyrics need improving? How about "admitted?" Speaking of admissions, Martin -- recently named the world's sexiest vegetarian -- admits he eats things that have breathed.
PAVEMENT: Turquoise Days is killing music with a bunch of live covers, including Echo & the Bunnymen, the Velvet Underground and the Pixies.
TED NUGENT thinks that Sharon Osbourne should be slapped silly. And to think the Nuge used to say things that could be considered controversial...
THE ARCTIC MONKEYS: London's Guardian asks, Have they changed the music business? the correct answer is "no," though they do show how the business is changing.
PETER GABRIEL will be organizing the opening ceremonies for the World Cup.
FIERY FURNACES' newest scores a mere 4.0 on the Pitchfork: "Rehearsing My Choir is a sprawling piano opera starring Matthew and Eleanor Friedberger's grandmother, Olga Sarantos, and it's every bit as terrible and fantastic as it sounds." And it's not doing much better at Metacritic.
WONDERWALL: The Top Five Ironic Versions of the Oasis staple are listed by the Harvard Independent.
PUMP AUDIO helps independent musicians and artists who are on small labels, or unsigned, get their songs onto cable TV and into commercials.
PETE DOHERTY-KATE MOSS UPDATE: The troubled singer pens a piece for London's Guardian to explain... why he should write a theme song for his favorite soccer team. After all, a man has to have priorities.
GWYNETH PALTROW has cryptically confirmed she is pregnant again. She has also slammed reports she criticized Britain and plans to return to her native America: "The British press are just ridiculous. I've never said anything like that." Of course, she reportedly made the comments to the US edition of Marie Claire magazine...
BETTING on CELEBS: Speaking of pregnant celebrities, online gamblers think it's likely that Beyonce Knowles and Jay-Z are expecting. They also pick Angelina Jolie as most likely to be the next Bond girl over Jessica Alba.
GEORGE CLOONEY: For future reference, it's okay to go to the hospital before the spinal fluid starts leaking from your nose. You're a bigtime movie star; someone will take you to the hospital if you demand to go.
DANNY BONADUCE may be sober, but he still can't seem to get happy: "It's embarrassing, but I'm at my happiest when I'm getting punched in the face," he tells FHM magazine.
SUSAN SARANDON: Yeah, it was kinda inevitable that you would have to talk to your son about playing a lesbian vampire.
AL PACINO: James Caan, Ed Harris, Robert DeNiro, Andy Garcia, Meryl Streep, Marisa Tomei, Charlize Theron and Keanu Reeves were among those saluting Pacino as he was presented with the 2005 American Cinematheque Award on Friday. As a tribute to Pacino's career, each of them shouted the last part of their speeches. Except Colin Farrell, who gave his speech sans pants. That last bit is true.
BRADGELINA UPDATE: Pitt and Jolie may be working on a full-frontal pictorial together, if In Touch magazine is to be belived. In the meantime, we make do with a pic of Jolie alongside her equally crazed looking brother at the Worldwide Orphans Foundation Benefit Gala. At least they didn't make out this time.
SEN. JOHN McCAIN will guest-star in an episode of 24 this season, playing an ambitious Senator who thinks he should be the pretend President on the show.
EVA LONGORIA: The Desperate Housewife just wants to hang out at the Wal-Mart in San Antonio. Or she's planning a future career in stand-up comedy.
VINCENT D'ONOFRIO, star of Law and Order: Criminal Intent, forced the early end of an NBC-mandated sex harrassment sensitivity seminar by berating a network attorney over the issue of whether an actor might need to watch pornography in his trailer.
ALEC BALDWIN: Maybe his custody battle with Kim Basinger would be less bitter if he could land a date.
LOHAN LOWDOWN: Perez Hilton gets first-had news that Li-Lo is covering "The Edge Of Seventeen" on her new album, reportedly with a cameo from Stevie Nicks. Oh boy.
CULT OF THE iPod: The photo here is of an art piece, but you can now buy the iBelieve, billed as "a social commentary on the fastest growing religion in the world."
TOP TECH TRENDS, as divined by futurists asked by Wired News.
NANOTECH: FWIW, Nanodot is liveblogging the Foresight Conference.
GOOGLE would like to know a lot more about you to put in the Google Base.
THE NEW REPUBLIC has launched a blog called The Plank. On day one, there was a lot of discussion of... Michael Jordan.
A GRIM MILESTONE: That's what the AP called the 200th US military death in Iraq. That quote was used in a BBC story. ABC News also called it a "grim milestone." So did CBS News. And Scripps Howard News Service. And Canada's Globe and Mail. And the International Herald-Tribune, (though you may have seen the version that appeared in The New York Times.) And the New York Daily News. And London's Times. And NPR. And the Village Voice. And the San Francisco Chronicle. And the Chicago Tribune story that ran on Knight-Ridder's wire. And Islam Online. The picture to the right was on the front page of MSNBC.com on Tuesday. Lt. Col. Steve Boylan, the spokesman for the American-led multinational force, called on news organizations not to look at the 2,000th death as a milestone in the conflict, noting that it "is just as important as the first that died and will be just as important as the last to die in this war against terrorism and to ensure freedom for a people who have not known freedom in over two generations."
IRAQ: Bill Roggio posts on raids in Husaybah, Karabilah and Ushsh. Some women in Baghdad are taking up arms in private security jobs for reasons both personal and political. Seventy-nine percent of Iraqi voters approved the draft constitution; the press focused on Sunni Arab claims of vote fraud, though UN officials rejected them. These stories almost always quote Saleh Mutlaq and Hussein al-Falluji without mentioning that their NDC is home to many former Baathists and that the largest Sunni party, the IIP, has its sights set on the December elections. Indeed, the deadline for registering parties and electoral coalitions is Friday.
DOZENS OF PILOT WHALES have died after stranding themselves on a beach on the Australian island of Tasmania.
BADGERS break into a jail and attack the guards in Wiltshire, England.
UK PIGS: A West Yorkshire school has banned books containing stories about pigs from the classroom in case they offend Muslim children. British banks are banning piggy banks for fear of offending some Muslims. Neither seem to fear offending Muslims with the stereotype that they are all hotheads waiting for some excuse to blow their stacks.
GOLDFISH BOWLS are banned in Rome as animal cruelty. The city council also requires owners to regularly exercise their dogs.