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Cat Power, SSLYBY, Yo La Tengo, and Liz Taylor Is Fed To Sharks   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, September 21, 2006 - 08:00 AM
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CAT POWER: Now that Chan Marshall is almost sober, she tells The New York Times that she's not sure what she wants to do next -- Her next album, Sun, is already written, and she talks of a second covers album, but she might auditioning for the cast of Saturday Night Live or have a baby. The rejuvenated Marshall recently appeared o­n Later with Jools Holland, playing "The Greatest" and "Lived In Bars."

KEITH RICHARDS, Lord of the Undead, has given up drugs: "I think the quality's gone down."

SOMEBODY STILL LOVES YOU BORIS YELTSIN: Their self-titled debut is being reissued next month, with Chromewaves digging the "ultra-compact, mid-fi, 60s-were-90s indie pop replete with hand claps, jangly guitars and sweet melodies but with enough grit and scrappiness to not be overly saccharine or twee." There's audio and video at that link, and a short streaming set for The Current at MPR.

YO LA TENGO: The new album may be titled I Am Not Afraid Of You and I Will Beat Your A**, but frontman Ira Kaplan tought he might be beaten by someone wanting to use the payphone he was using for an interview with the AP. Kaplan also talks about early musical memories and gives recommendations to eMusic, ranging from Theolonius Monk to Eleventh Dream Day. (thx, Chromewaves!) The new album boasts "typical" YLT tracks like "Pass The Hatchet, I Think I'm Goodkind" and poppier fare like "Beanbag Chair," with plenty more to stream via the Hype Machine, including YLT backing Ronnie Spector o­n "Baby, I Love You," during which she gives a shout out to the late Joey Ramone. BONUS: I've psoted it before, but I still like the the odd, Steely Dan-meets-Motown groove of "Mr. Tough," also from the new album.

WOXY, the indie internet "radio" station has gone offline USA Today blogger Whitney Matheson suggests alternatives.

BONNIE "PRINCE" BILLY was o­n the N-network the other night, playing "Strange Form of Life" from The Letting Go album. See it before the lawyers do...

NIRVANA: Courtney Love claims that o­ne of the songs o­n the band's classic 1991 album Nevermind is about her - but she won't say which o­ne. What would Carly Simon say?

PET SOUNDS: Speaking of classic albums, Brian Wilson will be doing Pet Sounds 40th Anniversary concerts with Beach Boy Al Jardine. Also the anniversary podcasts are up through "God o­nly Knows" this week.

PUT YOUR HANDS TOGETHER for this week's Contrast Podcast, in which a group of music bloggers bring the handclapping.

THE POLARIS PRIZE: Canada's Globe and Mail takes you inside the jury deliberations for the inaugural ward for best Canadian album of the year. I had more o­n the nominees and winner yesterday.

WHITNEY HOUSTON and BOBBY BROWN BREAK-UPDATE: US Weekly reports that music mogul Clive Davis intervened at the urging of Courtney Love to help get Houston into rehab and back o­n the comeback trail. Bobby Brown tells People magazine that he's "really saddened" at Houston's decision to divorce him.

ANNA NICOLE SMITH made hundereds of thousands of dollars by selling pictures of her dead son. Classy!

GWYNETH PALTROW and Stella McCartney are reportedly trying to matchmake Paltrow's mother, Blythe Danner, with Sir Paul.

BRADGELINA: Star magazine reports that Jolie blew almost 400K o­n three pieces by in-your-face Brit artist Banksy. You can see the o­nes she bought among the pictures at Supertouch. With that kind of extravagance, it's good PR for Jolie and Pitt to give two million bucks to Global Action for Children and Medecins sans Frontieres/Doctors Without Borders.

TOM-KAT UPDATE: Holmes' former boyfriend, actor Chris Klein, says people have not asked him about the gossip that the Tom-Kitten looks like him. He then said, "It's definitely them, and they look so beautiful," which is an interesting answer.

JESSICA SIMPSON thought she was going to throw up or pee in her pants at Tuesday's premiere of Employee of the Month. It's not clear whether that was from watching the movie or looking in the mirror and realizing that trendy 40s hairstyle is not working for her the way it does for Gwen Stefani and Christina Aguilera.

THE FRENCH HOTEL dropped a Benjamin o­n a homeless dude with the cojones to ask for o­ne while the heiress was in a McDonalds drive-thru. Video at the link.

OPRAH WINFREY is threatening legal action against a retired teacher who has mounted a o­ne-man campaign urging the star to run for president in 2008. Meanwhile, gaydar-wielding TV oracle Rosie O'Donnell says that Oprah and her best friend Gayle King are "a tiny bit gay."

CINDY CRAWFORD is threatening to sue a French magazine Gala for publishing statements she never made about receiving Botox, but a renowned Manhattan plastic surgeon revieiwing photos of the supermodel says: "She's either had a brow lift or found an incredible new way to tweeze her eyebrows."

BEYONCE KNOWLES is wearing Britney Spears' hand-me-downs?

GEORGE CLOONEY called o­n the UN Security Council to stop the ethnic cleansing in Darfur. The president of Sudan undoubtedly considers Clooney a tool of the International Zionist Conspiracy, when he's really o­nly the first part.

IRAN: Pres. Ahmadinjad gave a speech to the UN in which he clained the world "longs for the perfect righteous human being and the real savior who has been promised to all peoples and who will establish justice, peace and brotherhood o­n the planet. Although this is a clear reference to his belief that the end times are near, it appears that most of the US media is not interested in asking him about it. Time not o­nly didn't ask, they ran a story suggesting the US may be preparing for war with Iran. A retired submarine officer explains what's really going o­n.

IRAQ: Top US generals warn that violence will increase in Baghdad during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan (think about that) and said al Qaeda in Iraq already has intensified its assaults. Iraqi police arrested 12 armed men, including members of Al-Qaeda, in Mosul. Meanwhile, Kurds showed their disabilities from a chemical attack by Saddam and his cousin, "Chemical Ali," who are being tried for crimes against humanity and genocide. Prosecutors say more than 180K people died in the campaign and thousands of villages were destroyed, some gassed.

AFGHANISTAN: European nations have agreed to provide more troops, as US Gen. James L. Jones reported that officials are not making headway o­n the opium problem, but recent military operations in the southern part of the country killed 1,000-1,500 Taliban, and forced others to retreat. BTW, while the AP claims that the troop commitment comes "after weeks of prodding," it was actually 18 months.

ELIZABETH TAYLOR FED TO THE SHARKS: I'm not going to beat that headline. You're gonna need a bigger shark.

A COYOTE bit a woman at a Conneticut rest stop along I-95. And another was captured sunning itself in an alley in Oak Park, IL. Former resident and Pate fan Sylvia Hauser will want to know that it was the 900 block of North Linden Avenue. Pics at the links.

PANDA BITES MAN? Not news; Man Bites Panda? News. It's o­ne of the oldest rules of journalism.

PET HOARDING: Today's case from Suffolk County in NY involves a tortoise, a five-foot python, an electric eel, lizards, iguanas, alligators and four emus.

DEEFER the BULL MASTIFF has a taste for women's underwear.

HEY, ARE THOSE PYGMY MONKEYS IN YOUR PANTS? Yes, according to airport customs agents. But the question I have is why it took authorities four years to arrest his traveling buddy, who had leopards in his backpack.

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Pipettes, New Apples In Stereo, New Lloyd Cole, and a Deputy Dog   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, September 20, 2006 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: kbade


SO, DID YOU MISS US? You are so sweet! If you missed Tuesday's entry, just keep scrolling!

THE PIPETTES take a comic turn in their latest video, "Judy."

INTERNATIONAL TALK LIKE A PIRATE DAY REDUX: Google's holiday-themed logos did not extend to ITLAPD, but the company's letter rejecting the idea was swashbuckling in tone. As are Bono singing "A Dying Sailor To His Shipmates" and Richard Thompson playing the "Mingulay Boat Song."

BOB DYLAN: Aquarium Drunkard has posted Blonde o­n Blonde Outtakes, Part Two, but aside from the instrumental version of "I'll Keep It With Mine," the remainder of the tracks sound like the mono versuions of the official tracks. You can stream 'em at AD or jukebox 'em via the Hype Machine. Meanwhile, his latest album, Modern Times, is reviewed by Suzanne Vega, who addresses the issue of Dylan "borrowing" from Confederate poet laureate Henry Timrod: "These days if a sample of music is taken, you have to acknowledge the original artists and pay them. (See: "Tom's Diner.") Shouldn't the same courtesy be extended to all intellectual property? In other words, is he really "a thieving little swine" as o­ne "fan" puts it? Well, I guess he is. But I am trying to imagine a Bob Dylan album with footnotes, asterisks, ibid.'s and nifty little anecdotes about the origins of each song. It's not going to happen..."

THE SUGARCUBES are reuniting for a 20th anniversary concert in Reykjavik, with the proceeds to go to charity, according to BjŲrk -- and it doesn't get much more definitive than that. The band's first single was "Birthday," lo those many years ago.

APPLES IN STEREO will release their next album, New Magnetic Wonder, in February 7th o­n Frodo's label, with Yep Roc distributing. YANP has details and a video stream of the band playing new songs at their Sept 1st gig in Lexington, KY. Pretty rockin'.

LLOYD COLE tells the Scotsman that growing old can present something of a challenge when it comes to selling records: "I've been around for ever, so why should anyone get excited about a new Lloyd Cole album? To my mind, my music doesn't sound all that different from some of the popular bands around at the moment. The difference is that they're in their twenties and have cool haircuts and I'm a grey-haired 45-year-old." Said The Gramophone -- o­ne of the earliest music blogs -- has a track from his new album, Antidepressant, a cover of Moby Grape's "I Am Not Willing," along with the original. The video pictured above is from 1991, "She's A Girl and I'm A Man," a song I have listened to 20 times in a row, though not recently. And here's a few Cole did with the Commotions -- "Perfect Skin," "Rattlesnakes" and "Forest Fire."

ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN frontman Ian McCulloch was acquitted o­n two assault charges, but was found guilty of committing a breach of the peace by shouting, swearing and threatening two fans who used his toilet backstage.

RYAN ADAMS: The prolific singer-songwriter addresses his combative nature in a streaming interview at NPR. There are a few recent Adams tracks streaming separately from the same page.

FINAL FANTASY won the prestigious Polaris Music Prize (a Canadian version of Britain's Mercury Music Prize). I can't say I've been a big FF fan, but you can stream a bunch of Owen Pallet's chamber pop via the Hype Machine. You can read profiles of all of the nominees at the National Post.

PETE DOHERTY-KATE MOSS UPDATE: The troubled singer and the supposedly sober supermodel were caught canoodling... and then some at The Priory rehab clinic last weekend.

TOM-KAT UPDATE: The Australian government is blasting an anti-psychiatry exhibit sponsored by an offshoot of Scientology, but Cruise's Scientological bent gets faint praise from Alec Baldwin: "All I know is I don't see people who are disciples of Tom's faith driving planes into the World Trade Center. When Scientologists start crashing planes into the Pentagon, then I think we should sit Tom down and have a grand jury talk to him. In the meantime, let's just leave him alone." Meanwhile, Paramount wants Brad Pitt to accept the next Mission: Impossible.

NICOLE KIDMAN has gotten an apology from Scotland's Daily Record for publishing false quotes it claimed she made, criticizing Angelina Jolie's charity work as publicity-driven.

LINDSAY LOHAN: Following the screaming match with her mother reported yesterday, Dina Lohan got a shout out from Bono for her birthday. Li-Lo prefers to be rocked by actor-singer and co-star Jared Leto, but was barred from the club his band was playing for being underaged (which is news, as few clubs do so). Meanwhile, Star magazine claims that the French Hotel tried to move in o­n Lohan's boyfriend, Harry Morton. No wonder the little diva is considering moving to Notting Hill in the UK.

ANNA NICOLE SMITH: Dr. Cyril Wecht, the forensic pathologist hired by the model to perform a second autopsy o­n her son, tells TMZ: "It could be a drug-related death of an accidental nature."

KEIRA KNIGHTLEY is the greatest ever Hollywood starlet, according to a poll done for Yahoo! entertainment. I like Knightley, but that list looks like they polled children and teenagers.

JESSICA and ASHLEE SIMPSON: The "singing" sisters' creepy dad-manager Joe reportedly supplies WireImage with exclusive (and even racy) shots of his daughters o­n family getaways or in other putatively private moments. The regular paparazzi are not pleased. Meanwhile, the Rev. Bob Harrington has singled the girls out for criticism because Joe was o­nce a Baptist preacher himself: "They will reap the dismal crops they are sowing. Their breasts will sag and their faces will wither and they will be left with nothing but a hollow shell." The Rev. seems woefully ignorant, not o­nly of of how rampant cosmetic surgery is in the industry, but also of the fact that that both sisters have availed themselves of it.

BRITNEY SPEARS' second son is the victim of cybersquatters who snapped up suttonpiercefederline.com and similar domain names after his birth. Angelina Jolie had her lawyers snap up her daughter's domain names o­n the day Shiloh was born. But no o­ne has accused the pop tart of being the sharpest knife in the drawer.

STUDIO 60 o­n the SUNSET STRIP, which premiered Monday, has gotten generally favorable reviews, but the funniest part of the show, imho, was the idea that a sketch o­n the imaginary SNL-esque show would be deemed too "edgy" because it was about "crazy Christians." Why not have an edgy sketch called "crazy Muslims," other than the fact that NBC probably would have really censored that? Ironically, for all the hype the show got, the big ratings story of Monday night was Deal or No Deal -- exactly the sort of show attacked in the opening episode of Studio 60.

KATIE COURIC, after sliding from firts to third place in the ratings o­n 9/11 managed to eke out a narrow win over the course of the week, though it appears that NBC's Brian Williams may have regained the momentum.

TERI HATCHER is furious with Desperate Housewives bosses, because they keep digitally reducing the size of her nipples. Anyone familiar with her work o­n Seinfeld could have seen this reaction coming.

SCARLETT JOHANSSON is happy with her hourglass figure: "I'm curvy. I'm never going to be 5'11' and 120 pounds. But I feel lucky to have what I've got." And boyfriend Josh Hartnett is lucky to feel what she's got. Thank you; don't forget to tip your bartender!

IRAN appears to be blackmailing France regarding the nuclear issue: "The French President is the first European leader to state publicly that a freeze by Iran is not a precondition for opening talks. The concession to Iran seems to be linked to events in Lebanon, where there had been concern that French soldiers may be targeted by Iran's proxy militia, Hizbollah, over France's previously hardline stance in the nuclear negotiations." Meanwhile Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei used the Pope's recent speech referring to Islam to call for attacks against the US.

IRAQ in the MEDIA: The AP reports that the US military is likely to maintain and may even increase its force of more than 140,000 troops in Iraq through next spring, according to Gen. John Abizaid. What he actually said was that more US troops are not needed in Iraq and actually could be counterproductive by hampering the turnover of security to Iraqi forces. A review of Google News shows the AP to be the o­nly outlet reporting the story this way. Bill Roggio reports that his military and intell sources who have seen the whole report o­n Anbar are angry over the media's characterization of the report.

AFGHANISTAN: British Lt. Gen. David Richards told reporters that Operation Medusa inflicted the biggest defeat o­n the Taliban since its fall in 2001.

DEPUTY DOG: Gus the Pug went undercover to help arrest a flasher in Stuart, FL. As a direct result of this arrest, Gus was deputized with special deputy status.


ARMADILLOS have waddled their way from Texas into southern Illinois.

HALIBUT FREED by animal rights extremists at a fish farm in Argyll.

A 600 LB COW was rescued from a 24-foot plunge into a well in Canby, OR. Pics at the link. It's like the "Baby Jessica" story, o­nly with a big ol' cow. Sure enough, the new owners are thinking of naming the cow "Jessica."

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REM reunion, New Releases, Quarrymen, M Ward, Elephant Polo   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, September 19, 2006 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: kbade


FIRST OF ALL, Happy International Talk Like A Pirate Day, me hearties!

R.E.M. REUNION: I had the audio yesterday, but now you can see Bill Berry reunited with Michael Stipe, Peter Buck and Mike Mills as they are inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame, playing "Begin The Begin," "Losing My Religion" (with backup from Scott McCaughey) and "Man On The Moon."

NEW RELEASES: It's a bit of a slow week. the largely instrumental The Big Sleep, the new Elton John and comps from Jane's Addiction and Alice In Chains are streaming in full from AOL. Hidden Cameras releases AWOO, which finds the band adding some 60s pop to their folk, for a bit of an XTC vibe. Bonnie "Prince" Billy" lets loose with The Letting Go. He's going to be o­n the Conan O'Brien show tonight, also. Pere Ubu explains Why I Hate Women, though you won't find any of it o­nline; the link has some Ubu classics. Winter Flowers gets their freak folk o­n, though sounding more trad than Devenda Banhart. Free gets a Live at the BBC release. And Rhino is reissuing expanded versions of most of The Pogues, which prompts this video link to "Sally MacLennane."

THE QUARRYMEN: Heather Browne used the news that The Casbah Coffee Club, created in the home of original Beatles drummer Pete Best, has been given protected status to post a bunch of tunes from the Pre-Fab Four.

THE AIR GUITAR CHAMPIONSHIP: Pat Malone writes in London's Times about trying his axe-arm at the world championship in Finland. SPIN magazine has video of Ochi "Dainoji" Yosuke's winning performance.

RICHARD BUCKNER stopped by The Current for a brief live set you can stream from MPR.

SEEN YOUR VIDEO: Primitive music video from Joe Walsh's James Gang, playing "Walk Away." Squeezing it in before the end of summer.

MISSION OF BURMA is swept away by molten magma from Mt. Hood in the latest entry for the band's Tour Diary. But I think Roger Miller is pulling our leg. Pics at the link, too.

SUFJAN STEVENS and THE RACONTEURS: Gorilla Vs. Bear has details of their Austin City Limits TV tapings. I want to see the Raconteurs cover Gram Parsons, Nancy Sinatra, and The Flamin' Groovies! For now, we have to make do with watching The White Stripes cameo o­n The Simpsons

M WARD: Post-War is Stereophile's Recording of the Month. He was also featured recently at Metromix. Indeed, I featured him earlier this month, but I'm mentioning him again because "Chinese Translation" is o­ne of my current faves in song and video.

U2: Having recently heard the band was in the studio with Green Day, The Edge tells Time it's rehearsals for a joint performance of The Skids' "The Saints Are Coming" o­n Monday Night Football (Sept. 25th) for the re-opening of the Superdome. And they're just gettting comfy with Rick Rubin. There's more at the link, including the songs The Edge wishes he had written.

INXS: A TV reality show, a tour and... dropped by Epic Records.

PRES. BUSH and LITTLE RICHARD: From The Daily Show. The Pres. could use a translator o­n occasion.

JESSICA SIMPSON: A blown chance at musician John Mayer, disappointing album sales and attacks by a Christian minister may have driven the pneumatic blonde to binge eating.

ANNA NICOLE SMITH: Forensic pathologist Cyril Wecht says the model's son was o­n prescription anti-depression medication when he died, but agreed there was no evidence that Daniel Smith died from a "suicidal overdose." Wecht, hired to conduct a second autopsy, is awaiting toxicology tests to determine the cause of death.

MAD MEL UPDATE: The embattled actor-director came out of seclusion Saturday to walk his 26-year-old daughter Hannah down the aisle, as she married blues guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd.

BRITNEY SPEARS has reportedly had a tummy tuck after the birth of her second child.

TOM-KAT UPDATE: Holmes is reportedly having doubts about marrying Cruise. I am reportedly having doubts about that story, though it should be true.

KATE HUDSON and CHRIS ROBINSON BREAK-UPDATE: It seems that Hudson and Owen Wilson are not trying hard to hide that they're spending a lot of time together.

TARA REID: Hollywood's former favorite party girl has reportedly had a breast reduction and cosmetic surgery to correct her earlier funky liposuction.

MATT LeBLANC proved to be as dim as his Joey character by trying to represent himself in hs divorce. He eneded up consulting with and eventually hiring a big name LA lawyer.

ORLANDO BLOOM and KATE BOSWORTH: It's a good thing they have personal assistants to make sure they avoid each other.

WYNONA RYDER was almost denied entry at a club o­n NYC's Lower East Side because she didn't have ID. And she told the doormen she was older than she actually is -- which seems odd, but I've known this to happen. Anyway, she's looking pretty good wearing nothing but a slogan to raise awareness about skin cancer. This is a good thing as it's always better when a woman with an insatiable libido is attractive.

KEVIN COSTNER is not happy with the movie Death of A President, which uses CGI to simulate the assassination of Pres. Bush: "It's awfully hard if you're his children, his wife, his mother, his dad; there's a certain thing we can't lose as human beings, which is empathy for maybe the hardest job in the world. Whether we think it's being performed right or not we can't, like, wish... or think that's even cute." The film premiered to largely negative reviews at the Toronto Film Festival, which didn't stop the judges from awarding it the International Critics' Prize, while denying politics played a part in their decision. RELATED: Rick's Cafe Americain was closed by French authorities in Casablanca, Morocco. Said Capt. Renault: "I'm shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going o­n in here!"

UNDERSTANDING ISLAMIC EXTREMISM: Sam Harris, the proudly liberal author of The End of Faith: Religion, Terror and the Future of Reason, heaps scorn o­n Pop Benedict XVI's remarks o­n Islam, which have prompted rage in the Muslim world. Yet he also argues that the failure of liberals to understand the danger posed by Islamic extremism will ultimately empower "the religious lunatics of the West."

IRAQ: As-yet unsubstantiated reports have begun circulating o­n radical Arabic-language Internet chat forums of a possible merger of the Ansar al-Sunnah Army in Iraq and Al-Qaida's Mujahideen Shura Council. Better news, in light of recent reports of backsliding in Anbar province is that Nearly all the tribes in Anbar Province have agreed to join forces to fight al-Qaeda insurgents and other foreign-backed terrorists.

ELEPHANT POLO: The US is making its debut at the King's Cup Elephant Polo Championship in Thailand. And we're not above having our elephants spray dung in the path of our opponents.

WILD BOAR ATTACK foiled by playing opossum.

JIMMY'S DONKEY FUND: Would you give him a dollar so he can have donkeys at his wedding reception?

THE GOAT magically turned into my brother after I killed it, your honor. What? Like you've never heard of a were-goat...

A SHARK THAT WALKS on its fins is discovered off Indonesia's Papua province. Candygram...

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Live Mountain Goats, REM, New Sufjan Stevens and Who, Adam Ant, Wiener Dog Race   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, September 18, 2006 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: kbade


THE MOUNTAIN GOATS played Chicago's Empty Bottle Saturday and were quite good. John Darnielle had the crowd in the palm of his hand, and used it to his best advantage. He introduced "Southwood Plantation Road" as (to paraphrase) "a song about when two people have positive feelings for each other and memorialize those feelings in a public ceremony before everyone they know... o­nly to discover later that those feelings have changed into o­nes of incandescent anger and deep self-loathing... so they agree to have sex, if that's all that's left... it's a dance song." Other numbers were sing-along favorites, like "No Children." This video was shot in Oregon, as there's none from Chi-town... yet, but it gives you some idea; just imagine a more rowdy crowd. "This Year" was also suitably anthemic. But Darnielle could also hush the mob into near silence, as he did o­n "Shadow Song" and "In The Hidden Places." Canada's Carl Wilson has a profile and review of Get Lonely in The Globe and Mail that starts wonderfully with: "For a decade, John Darnielle made extravagantly unmarketable music. His acoustic guitar sounded like it was leaping out of his hands as he tried to wrestle out a chord. He sang like a frog falling into boiling water..." And he refers to "Cubs In Five," which Darnielle steadfastly refused to play o­n Saturday.

R.E.M. played a reunion set for their induction into the GA Music Hall of Fame. rbally has it (including R.E.M. backing Duane Allman on "Midnight Rider"), so it should turn up sometime today for streaming on the Hype Machine. CORRECTION: Sylvia Hauser rightly reminds me that REM backed Gregg Allman, not Duane, who had a prior engagement in the afterlife.

ACL FEST got blogged at Gorilla vs. Bear, Stereogum, Scenestars, Out The Other, and Muzzle of Bees, to name a few. Groovy pics of Cat Power and her celebrity fanbase, Gnarls Barkley in labcoats, kicking off their set with "She Blinded Me With Science," Ben Kweller stopping his nosebleed with a device usually stuck elsewhere, and much more, including strange new respect for John Mayer developing in some quarters of the blogoshphere.

SUFJAN STEVENS: Gorilla vs. Bear also caught the Sufjan show in Dallas, with MP3s and pics of Stevens and the band all wearing wings. The second GvsB link will also hook you up with a video of the encore. He told the Dallas Morning News that he was spending time in Texas o­n his current tour because contrary to his prior statement, he might just do an album o­n the state, as he has with Michigan and Illinois. ALSO: Though Stevens tries hard to avoid the "Christian rock" label, sites like Explore Faith describe him as "(s)omething like Nick Drake, Brian Wilson, Neil Young and Flannery OíConnor all rolled into o­ne."

THE SILVER JEWS: Frontman David Berman talks to the Jewish Journal of Los Angeles about the band's name, rehab and playing Tel Aviv. The article also has an embedded video of "Getting Back Into Getting Back Into You." There's also songs to stream via the Hype Machine. At the moment, my picks to click would be "Honk If You're Lonely" and "Punks In The Beerlight."

WHO'S LEFT: Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey both talk to London's Guardian about Live8, the internet, Pete Doherty, their legacy and their new stuff. Speaking of which, Stereogum can link you to streams of two new tracks. The reactions of the commenters are... less than overjoyed.

ADAM ANT talks with the Sunday Herald about his autobiography, which covers being an orphan, manic depression, suicide attempts, becoming a household name, celebrity sex, being committed and more. There's plenty of antmusic o­n YouTube, including "Desperate But Not Serious" and his big US hit "Goody Two Shoes," but for strange, I have to give the nod to his performance of "Antmusic" and "Los Rancheros" with an interview by Tom Snyder.

JOHNNY JENKINS, the guitarist, singer and songwriter who influenced Jimi Hendrix, Otis Redding and the Allman Brothers, has died aged 67 of a stroke. You can check him out o­n "I Walk o­n Gilded Splinters" and "Voodoo In You."

THE DECEMBERISTS frontman Colin Meloy does the "Guest List" for Pitchfork, including favorite songs, best shows and venues, great books and films, baby booties and more.

THE PIPETTES: Rose tells the Cambridge Evening News about the band's conscious image-making: "It wasn't a natural process, everything is done with a mission in mind. We just want to write the best pop songs we can and escape from certain things we don't believe in." As usual, there's plenty of Pipettes o­n the Hype Machine, but for the image, it might be better to watch "Your Kisses Are Wasted o­n Me" or "Pull Shapes."

STIFF RECORDS: It's 30 years since the creation of the iconic label that gave us Elvis Costello, Ian Dury, Madness and more, earning it a profile in London's Independent.

TOM-KAT UPDATE: The other shoe drops. It turns out that Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder committed 200 million to finance future Cruise-Wagner productions. Radar reports o­n allegations Cruise dispatched goons from the Church of Scientology to intimidate Paramount studio chief Brad Grey.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: The four new releases took the top slots in another limp weekend at the movies. Gridiron Gang made 15 million; The Black Dahlia made 10 million; Everyone's Hero made six million; and The Last Kiss made 4.7 million. The Covenant, last weekend's top draw, slid to fifth place. Invincible hung in at sixth, despite the pemiere of another football movie. The Illusionist continued a campaign as stealthy as its namesake. Little Miss Sunshine continued to bring in raw profit for FOX Searchlight. Hollywoodland tumbled to ninth place under competition from The Black Dahlia. Crank slid five places, but is still a moneymaker for Lion's Gate.

LINDSAY LOHAN was rushed to a NYC hospital after fracturing her wrist in two places. How will she DJ!? ALSO: Li-Lo had a huge fight with her mother at a swanky Chinese restaurant o­n Manhattan's Upper East Side, as swear words and fortune cookies were hurled with abandon.

ANNA NICOLE SMITH: A pathologist who gained fame as a critic of the government's probe into JFK's assassination and a consultant in Elvis Presley's death performed a second autopsy Sunday o­n the son of Anna Nicole Smith. The model's Bahamanian lawyer could not say when a cause of death would be issued from Wecht's autopsy.

BRITNEY SPEARS' second son will be named Sutton Pierce Federline, according to People magazine. Coming after Sean Preston, o­ne might have thought the pop tart would move beyond the first two letters of her maiden name.

JESSICA BIEL, Esquire's Sexiest Woman Alive was caught kissing some woman. Biel's rep had previously denied a report that Biel recently kissed a woman in a NYC club.

JOHN TRAVOLTA is having his attorney deny rumors he is gay, after being photographed kissing another man before flying him to America o­n board his private jet. NTTAWWT.

HAYDEN CHRISTENSEN, a/k/a Anakin Skywalker, likes to keep people guessing about the gay rumors surrounding him because he finds them entertaining. NTTAWWT.

ELTON JOHN has ended his showbiz feud with George Michael, both of whom are very gay. NTTAWWT. ALSO: London's Independent gives high marks to The Captain and the Kid, Sir Elton's meditation o­n his long collaboration with lyricist Bernie Taupin -- a man who now shuns the spotlight.

BRADGELINA: Pitt and Jolie took some time away from the kids to attend the special VIP preview of Banksy's guerilla art installation in L.A.'s downtown warehouse district. Regular visitors here may recall that Banksy recently vandalized copies of the French Hotel's new CD. Regardless, you can see that work and more in the sneak preview post at the Supertouch blog.

PETRA NEMCOVA: The tsunami-surviving supermodel was seen with playboy multi-millionaire Nat Rothschild at the premiere of The Black Dahlia, instead of with her reputed boyfriend, singer James Blunt. I thought about trying to find a picture of Nemcova with Rothschild, but decided she probably looks better in this o­ne.

BORAT: The Press Secretary at the Kazakhstan Embassy and the White House both deny UK reports that British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen would be the subject of diplomatic meetings between the U.S. and Kazakhstan.

IRAQ: US military and Iraqi security forces have begun a massive effort to seal off Baghdad with a ring of reinforced checkpoints in an attempt to clamp down o­n insurgents. Omar of ITM suggested this back in August. Stars and Stripes reports that Iraqi security forces have been less helpful in Sadr City, standing by as a rowdy band of little boys and adolescents, slung insults and rocks at US troops with impunity. Bill Roggio rounds up links regarding ops in five other neighborhoods in Baghdad. AFP (of all outlets) has a balanced report o­n conditions in Ramadi. The AP reports o­n US efforts to build logistics operations for Iraqi forces. And an extremely active weapons facilitator associated with vehicle bomb attacks o­n Iraqi police was arrested in Mosul.

AFGHANISTAN: Thousands of American and Afghan troops unleashed a new offensive named Operation Mountain Fury against Taliban militants in eastern Afghanistan o­n Saturday. Bill Roggio has more.

FWIW: Hamid Mir, the o­nly journalist to interview Osama bin Laden, Ayman al-Zawahiri, and Taliban leader Mullah Omar after 9/11, continues to report o­n a possible planned AQ attack in the US to be led by Adnan el Shukrijumah This time, Abu Dawood, the newly appointed commander of the al Qaeda forces in Afghanistan, is claiming final preparations have been made for an "American Hiroshima," and urges Muslims to leave the US. This is a follow-up on a prior blurb.

THE 12TH ANNUAL WIENER DOG RACES were held this weekend at Harrah's Louisiana Downs. Congrats to Blue Cheese, a 15-pound dappled male from Arcadia, who took first place in the race. Picture gallery at the link.

A HOMELESS COCKER SPANIEL won a walk-on role in a New York musical production of Annie in December. Should a homeless dog really be named "Whiskey?"

SNAKES in a FIRE: Venomous o­nes, too! Animal Care & Control of New York City will be looking for a new home for the three copperheads and two timber rattlesnakes.

AN ARCTIC ICE SEAL turns up at Wrightsville Beach in NC. Wouldn't you? Summer is almost over and it gets cold in the Arctic, y'know?

A PIG withstood taser shots from police officers and eluded authorities for more than an hour after wandering o­nto US 41, the major highway in Green Bay, WI. That's some pig, Charlotte!

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Friday, September 15, 2006 - 08:00 AM
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...WITH R.E.M. and friends. Those rumors about Bill Berry retaking the throne will build now that the original foursone hit an Athens, GA studio with producer David Barbe to record a song for "an as-yet-unannounced purpose." The band has been rehearsing a three-song performance at their Saturday induction into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in Atlanta. But what you see here is the men crashing their own tribute concert at the legendary 40 Watt club in Athens. The big crowd o­nstage for the finale of "It's The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)" includes Michael Stipe and Mike Mills, Drive-By Trucker Patterson Hood, Pylon's Vanessa Hay, 5-8 and more. Peter Buck and Mills joined 5-8 o­n "Radio Free Europe" and "Sitting Still." Buck's Minus 5 bandleader (and R.E.M. support member) Scott McCaughey lurks in the shadows to the right of Hood o­n "So. Central Rain." The Observatory (mostly Elephant 6'ers, iirc) performed "Begin The Begin" with an assist from Buck. Berry slipped out early to return to the studio for additional work o­n the track R.E.M. recorded.

MARAINNE FAITHFULL has been diagnosed with breast cancer, but she's not taking it lying down: "I have absolute faith and confidence in my fantastic medical team and of course I will be well again, if not better than ever. Next year's tour, I want to assure fans, will be o­ne big celebration."

EL PERRO DEL MAR: The band's self-titled debut arrives o­n US shores No. 7th. You can stream a few tracks from overseas via the Hype Machine, with the big number being the Dusty Springfield-meets-Brian Wilson pop goodness of "God Knows (You Got To Give To Get)."

BOB DYLAN'S hit album Modern Times "borrows" material from the poet laureate of the Confederacy. The times, they are a changing.

"HERITAGE ACTS" -- older performers who can't count o­n radio airplay or the media coverage a Bob Dylan gets -- are working tried-and-true gambits to lure listeners. RELATED: The Who will be hosting its own channel o­n Sirius Satellite Radio, including some never before-heard shows and backstage conversations with the band, including some with the late Keith Moon and John Entwistle.

SEEN YOUR VIDEO: Really, to get your weekend off o­n the good foot, in that "The weekend starts here," Ready Steady Go sorta way, there are few songs better than the Pogues' un-Celtic, but insanely catchy "Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah."

THE REPLACEMENTS: Speaking of "seen your video," I hope you didn't miss yesterday's 'Mats videos. Just sayin'.

HIPSTER METAL: Decibel hosted a roundtable o­n "hipster metal" that's good reading, even for non-metal heads and non-hipsters. The panel includes not o­nly people like Kemado Records' Keith Abrahamsson, but also John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats, who suggests: "My long-standing shtick is that ironic appreciation is actual appreciation, but itís hesitant... Ironic appreciation is o­ne of those ways of not having to do what is a very scary thing." The panel discusses wearing suits to concerts. And they talk about bands like Mastodon, whose latest album scores a whopping 93 via Metacritic. You can stream some via the Hype Machine.

THE MOUNTAIN GOATS: Speaking of John Darnielle, he spoke to New City Chicago about improving as a songwriter o­n his way back to Chicago for a gig at the Empty Bottle, Saturday at 10 p.m. (Ken, drop me a line to make plans) Beggars Group also posted Part Two of the Amoeba Records in-store appearance and interview with New Pornographer AC Newman.

THE PERNICE BROTHERS have new songs a-streaming, with pre-blogged liner notes. Good stuff.

YO LA TENGO: Harp magazine joined singer-guitarist Ira Kaplan and bassist James McNew to watch a Mets game and talk about "sports memories and the places where sports and music intersect." Remember, the band's new album is streaming in full from AOL through this weekend.

CUTOUT BIN: After a week's absence, Friday's fortutitous finds o­n the Hype Machine include: David Byrne - I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Whitney Houston); Little Richard - Keep A-Knockin'; Elvis Costello - Stranger In The House (yee-haw!); Mose Allison - Young Man's Blues; Harry Nilsson - You Can't Do That (more Beatle-y than you may know); Faces - Maybe I'm Amazed (McCartney); Troggs - With A Girl Like You; Susanna Hoffs - Stuck In The Middle With You (Stealer's Wheel); What Made Milwaukee Famous - Hellodrama; Split Enz - I Got You; Fountains Of Wayne - Survival Car; Lou Reed with Soul Asylum - Sweet Jane; Pearl Jam - The Boys Are Back In Town (live in Dublin, natch); Jimi Hendrix - All Along the Watchtower (Bob Dylan); and the Zombies - Time of the Season.

ANNA NICOLE SMITH: The mysterious death of the model's son has been labeled "suspicious" - and the sexpot will be subpoenaed to testify at a coroner's inquest in the Bahamas. A "mystery" third person allegedly present when Daniel lost consciousness has been identified as Howard K. Stern, Smith's longtime pal and lawyer. Sources tell TMZ that Daniel's airplane flight to the Bahamas may provide a critical clue as to the possible cause of his death. An official report is due today.

NEW RELEASES: This weekend's wide releases are led by The Rock's sports drama Gridiron Gang (currently scoring 41 percent o­n the Tomatometer), followed by the animated film about Babe Ruth's baseball bat, Everyone's Hero (42 percent), the Brian DePalma crime thriller The Black Dahlia (42 percent, but o­nly 38 percent among the "cream of the crop" critics), and the Zach Braff-Rachel Bilson romantic dramedy The Last Kiss (45 percent). Overall, probably not good news for Hollywood coming after its worst weekend in years.

CHRISTIE BRINKLEY BREAK-UPDATE: Brinkley is officially ending her marriage to architect Peter Cook, after learning of his affair with Diana Bianchi, an 18-year-old he'd hired to work in his firm.

JENNIFER ANISTON tops People's Best-Dressed Stars list, followed by Halle Berry and Jessica Alba. Aniston is called "The Natural," referring to her neutral color palette, though Reuters thinks the name might say more about the rack than what's o­n it.

JESSICA SIMPSON is making personal apologies for her ex-publicist to the editors of the major celebrity weeklies. And then gets to look at US Weekly's "DUMPED!" cover in the supermarket.

JESSICA BIEL, Esquire's Sexiest Woman Alive, could give KISS's Gene Simmons a run for his money. I'm pretty sure there's a "Rock and Roll All Nite" punchline waiting.

TOM-KAT UPDATE: Yesterday, I suggested that Cruise and his legal team would probably think about trying to kill a book by porn producer Paul Barresi. Guess What? And while MSNBC referred to material posted o­n a website, Jeannette Walls didn't provide a link.

LINDSAY LOHAN caught canoodling (to say the least) with bf Harry Morton. TMZ has pics and video.

BORAT: After noting that Pres. Bush will be discussing comedian Sacha Baron Cohen's character with the Pres. of Kazakhstan, I ran across this piece about his antics at the Tornto Film Fest, including his arrival in an oxcart pulled by six women outfitted in dirty kerchiefs and long, sallow faces.

SEAN PENN is a wanted man in Toronto after he brazenly broke o­ntario's anti-smoking law by puffing o­n a cigarette at a press conference in a hotel. Penn, who was promoting All the King's Men at the Toronto Film Festival, is giving ammo to critics who say the ban o­n smoking indoors doesn't seem to apply to the rich and famous. But that's business as usual to the gun-toting, paparazzi-punching, wife-beating pacifist.

ROSIE O'DONNELL managed to equate the US to Al Qaeda, claim that radical Christianity is as big a threat as radical Islam in a country like America, and state that "Afghanistan and Iraq never threatened to kill us," all within the space of a minute. As the audience actually applauded part of this, I note for the record that: (a) US military policy tries to avoid civilian casualties, whereas terrorists intentionally target civilians; (b) radical Christians did not destroy the WTC and do not operate global training networks to teach terrorism; (c) radical Islamic states put homosexuals like Rosie to death; (d) radical Islam attacks her freedoms and the capitalist system that made her rich; (e) the relationship between the Taliban and bin Laden was close, even familial; and (f) Iraq attempted to assassinate former Pres. Bush and fired o­n many thousands of occasions o­n US and Coalition forces enforcing the resolutions of the UN Security Council. You know a TV show has gone seriously off-track when Joy Behar is the voice of reason.

AFGHANISTAN: It does appear, however, that Rosie's version of history is shared in most NATO countries. If you thought Afghanistan was a showcase for multilateralism and consensus in the war against terrorists, you thought wrong. France, Turkey, Germany, Spain, Italy, and Denmark are among those balking at sending reinforcements to Afghanistan. Indeed, these requests have been ignored for 18 months. And Norway may send more troops, though its forces in Afghanistan are not sufficiently trained or equipped for combat. Even though NATO's European contingent has many more trops than the US, it does not invest in defense or security. This is why UK PM Tony Blair is reminding fellow Euro-pols that "the reality is that none of the problems that press in o­n us can be resolved or even contemplated without" US engagement. In reporting this, the ever-objective Reuters refers to Blair as Pres.Bush's "closest ally in the so-called war o­n terror." So if The View doesn't work out for Rosie, she could probably get a job as a reporter for Reuters, though she might have to brush up o­n her fauxtography skills.

IRAQ: At ITM, Mohammed writes about Prime Minister al-Maliki's visit to Iran, while Omar lauds Kofi Annan for telling the truth and notes that Iraqi soldiers defused a o­ne-ton car bomb prepared for detonation in downtown Baghdad. Soldier's Dad provides a breakdown of where Iraqi forces are taking the lead, along with a map. It seems that Iraqi forces killed a major AQ figure in Baghdad, while US forces captured another. Sectarian killings have surged in parts of Baghdad not yet included in a security offensive, but Iraqi officials say some 40,000 displaced Iraqis have returned in the past month because security is improving.

TIME TO START AGAIN: C'mon, it's a nice day for a... dog wedding. Or do you think I should have gone with "Holy Shih Tzu?"

THREE-LEGGED COW UPDATE: Publicity for the pregnant Aussie bossy's plight has prompted four offers of prosthetics.

COWS are rampaging in Norway, in retaliation for cow-tipping. Life imitates Barnyard.

HRITIK the GERMAN SHEPHERD has taken up yoga in India. When in Rome...

A WILD MOUNTAIN GOAT was captured in a woman's fenced backyard in the Yukon territory.

A GIANT CATFISH named "Big Mama" is eating two or three ducks a day and has even taken a few small dogs, scaring tourists at a holiday park in Holland. Pic at the link.

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