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Smoosh, Decemberists, Harvey Girls, and Semi-trained Monkeys   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, July 24, 2006 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: kbade


SMOOSH: The tween sisters continue their world tour with a profile o­n CBS's Early Show and a performance of "Find A Way" o­n The Jimmy Kimmel Show. They have even turned up in Teen People.

U2 is building the biggest skyscraper in Dublin.

PITCHFORK PREVIEW: Day 2 was posted at Rewritable Content, with streaming tracks from Os Mutantes, Spoon, Yo La Tengo and more. There's also a profile of Os Mutantes in the Chicago Sun-Times.

TOP OF THE POPS: As the legendary show ends a 40-year run o­n the BBC, Bobby Elliot of The Hollies remembers perfoming o­n the very first episode.

THE BICYCLES are YANP's new favorite thing. They manage to be lo-fi, raw and light at the same time, as evidence o­n "B-B-Bicycles" and a cover of "Cuddly Toy."

FIFTEEN ARTISTS TO HEAR THIS SUMMER, courtesy of Glide. Regular visitors here will recognize most of the names.

THE DECEMBERISTS released upcoming album and tour details. Apparently, there is a duet with the talented Laura Veirs. If advance copies of The Crane Wife are hitting the media, I would not be surprised if some tracks leak to the Internet soon. Meanwhile, the band has posted the demo for "The Tain" for download at MySpace. Also, multi-instrumentalist Chris Funk answers the same ten questions asked of all interviewees by Erasing Clouds.

JOLIE HOLLAND talks to the Lexington Herald-Leader about how people connect to music: "You can tell the truth. But if other people haven't experienced that truth, they won't even hear you. You could say the most personal things in the world, and it wouldn't matter. So I feel safe, anonymous even, telling these ridiculous stories." There are two free downloads from her pre-rock influenced Springtime Can Kill You at the link.

GOLDEN SMOG'S plan to record in Spain had a few kinks, but the album worked out nicely. And the wonderful "Corvette" was rejected for use in an ad for the car! Also, a couple of members turned up to play a few for Minnesota Public Radio.

FLAMING LIPS frontman Wayne Coyne talked to the L.A. Daily News while working o­n his UFO.

THE HARVEY GIRLS have posted eight covers under the title Our History is Your Kitsch for free download, which makes it a nice day for "White Wedding." Ooh, my inner monologue dropped in pitch as I wrote that.

PETE DOHERTY UPDATE: The troubled singer enters rehab again today. Maybe the fifth time's the charm.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest won a third straight weekend -- a rare achievent these days -- and became the fastest movie to break the 300 million mark. Monster House grossed 23 million and gained momentum over the weekend, suggesting it might have legs. It was good to very good, though not great. It will be entertaining enough for parents also, though it's not loaded with stuff for them in the way that a Shrek or The Incredibles is. Lady In The Water came in third with 18 million. You, Me and Dupree came in fourth, but the distant fifth of Little Man means the latter may not make back its budget domestically. Kevin Smith's Clerks II made nine million, and may not make much more than that. Which would be very bad news, except that it had a mere five million budget. Clerks II was not as good as the original, but not bad enough to put a stink o­n the original either. Oddly enough, the best parts were probably Rosario Dawson and the un-Smithy musical number.  My Super Ex-Girlfriend -- the weekend's remaining new release -- groseed 8.7 million and probably cost musch more than five million to make. Also, The Devil Wears Prada is going to quietly break the 100 million mark this week.

ROSARIO DAWSON, btw, was a natural fit for Smith (and her prior role in Frank Miller's Sin City, because her uncle was a comic book artist who instilled in her a respect for the form. She's now taking the next step to wowing Comic-Con with a comic she's producing. So she'll have her pick of nerds if some woman makes off with boyfriend Jason Lewis, best known for playing Kim Catrall's bf o­n Sex And The City.

STEELY DAN thinks Luke and Owen Wilson stole You, Me and Dupree from o­ne of the band's songs. I'm not sure that's something I would publicize.

CHRISTIE BRINKLEY BREAK-UPDATE: The family of 19-year-old "other woman" Diana Bianchi is already being targeted by "book, TV and movie offers." I have to think that this is a story that will be "ripped from today's headlines and worked into an episode of Law & Order. The National Enquirer has dug up a cocaine bust deep in the past of Brinkley's straying hubby, Peter Cook. Also, Cook's first teen girlfriend shared love letters, amid reports that private eyes hired by Brinkley had found evidence of more two-timing.

COLIN FARRELL was accosted by a woman from the audience during a taping of The Tonight Show. Access Hollywood identified the woman as Dessarae Bradford and said she had unsuccessfully alleged in a small-claims lawsuit that Farrell had stalked her.

TOM-KAT UPDATE: Paramount reportedly warned the makers of the Queer Duck animated DVD that they could not mock Cruise. NTTAWWT.

BRADGELINA: Apparently, Jolie doesn't want Pitt talking o­n the phone to Aniston. Which goes to show that anyone can be insecure.

THE McCARTNEYS: Sir Paul has been told he must tear down the house where his estranged wife Heather Mills is living. So the poor woman had to buy a £550,000 home to share with baby Beatrice 15-minutes away.

GEORGE MICHAEL was discovered having an illicit encounter with a stranger in a London park by the News Of The World. Some people never learn.

MADONNA denies that she and hubby Guy Richie are adopting, saying she's planning to adopt an African village. Nice -- all of the PR, none of the diaper-changing.

LIZ HURLEY is reportedly getting hitched to Arun Nayar in September.

DAVID HASSELHOFF says he is heading to Australia to appear in a stage production based o­n his life: "It sounds like a bad joke, but it is really going to be a good show…totally campy. It’s written by the same people who wrote Bette Midler’s show and produced by the people who produced Chicago in London..."

JESSICA SIMPSON: The pneumatic blonde's 15 minutes may be running out, if her mug stops moving magazines. She reportedly skipped her sister's Victoria's Secret party gig to avoid any chance of running into her ex's new gf, Vanessa Minnillo. And we have a little more video of Jessica with the ice cream cone.

IRAQ: The Belmont Club has a round-up of stories covering the Battle for Baghdad. At ITM Omar opposes the idea of partitioning the city and notes that the radical Association of Muslim Scholars is being renounced by their former allies in the Islamic Party. British forces in Basra seized two "significant" suspects wanted for killings, kidnappings and guerrilla attacks, including the commander of the Mehdi Army Shi'ite militia in Basra province.

MIDEAST CONFLICT: DefenseTech looks at Israeli and Hezbollah strategies for a possible ground war. At the Counterterrorism Blog, Bill Roggio looks at two worst-case scenarios Israel may face. OTOH, Hamas shows signs of internal disarray as the local leadership in Gaza seems ready to cut a deal to cease-fire and release abducted IDF soldier Gilad Shalit. Bot Time magazine and The New York Times report that Iranians are unhappy with their government's support for Hezbollah.

IRAN: In other news, it seems that Border guards seized a British lorry trying to deliver radioactive material that could be used to build a dirty bomb to the Iranian military. A foreign ministry spokesman suggested Sunday that uranium enrichment might be negotiable, though it's unclear whether that's an official position.

THESE MONKEYS are supposedly trained, but I'm thinking not so much.

SOME PIG sells at auction for 51K. The buyer is trying to renegotiate, natch.

A BABY ANTEATER rides piggy-back at the Denver Zoo. Pic at the link.

SNAKES, TORTOISES, SPIDERS and a POSSUM: Motel 6 will not leave the light o­n for them.

CRUSTY THE GATOR, who gained celeb status in an undercover sting operation earlier this month aimed at catching alligator feeders in Florida, will escape euthanasia, thanks to an anonymous donor who is paying to relocate him to an animal exhibit in the Seminole Reservation.

CHICKEN-SH*T BINGO: It sounds like some Iowans at RAGBRAI think they invented it, but at least three Pate members could tell you that Ginny's in Austin, TX has been doing it for years. BTW, there's video at the first link.

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XTC, More Top Videos, Nilsson, Cutout Bin, and a Kitty and Monkey Are Friends   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, July 21, 2006 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: kbade



...with SPINAL TAP. Pate used to cover "Gimme Some Money," but few have seen color footage of the Thamesmen playing it (and that set reminds me of the Razzbar). The band's first hit as Spinal Tap, however, was "(Listen To The) Flower People," which is presented in full here. Finally, there's Tap playing "Stonehenge" live in Japan, where they don't have the problem with the undersized replica.

XTC: Andy Partridge talks to Paste magazine about the nervous breakdown that transformed the band into a studio outfit, songwriting and more... You can get a dose of the band via the Hype Machine.

PITCHFORK PREVIEW: The Pitchfork Music Festival is next weekend, so Rewritable Content is streaming tunes from bands playing the fest.

THE TOP 100 MUSIC VIDEOS OF ALL TIME reaches the final coundown at Stylus.

TAPES 'N' TAPES: The current buzz band from MN talks about preferring to make albums as a piece of music, the benefits of being an opening act (as they will be at the Pitchfork Fest), and how how music blogs and Pitchfork were instrumental in their sudden semi-success. You can hear four cuts from The Loon via MySpace.

THE LOST NILSSON DOCUMENTARY: Harry Nilsson and producer Richard Perry filmed the recording of Son of Schmilsson for a documentary called Did Somebody Drop His Mouse? Nilsson ultimately torpedoed the project. Insofar as the existing film has a structure at all, it is built around the recording session for "I'd Rather Be Dead," which features a busload of pensioners and which someone has posted o­nYouTube.

WEEKEND CUTOUT BIN: More fortuitous finds from the Hype Machine include: Elvis Costello - "(The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes"; The Jesus & Mary Chain - "Some Candy Talking"; The Raveonettes - "That Great Love Sound"; The Art of Noise with Duane Eddy - "Peter Gunn Theme"; Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons - "Walk Like a Man"; Roy Orbison - "Pretty Woman"; Badfinger - "Without You"; Junior Walker And The All-Stars - "What Does It Take (To Win Your Love)"; Led Zeppelin - "Georgia o­n My Mind"; Ike & Tina Turner - "Whole Lotta Love"; Sly and the Family Stone - "Hot Fun In The Summertime"; and Everclear - "A.M. Radio."

99 YEARS: The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals quotes Cash, Dylan and Springsteen in a case involving the federal sentencing guidelines.

LEONARD COHEN: The soundtrack to the tribute documentary, I'm Your Man, featuring U2, Nick Cave, Beth Orton, Rufus and Martha Wainwright, Teddy Thompson and more, is streaming at VH1 in advance of next week's release. You may have to turn off your pop-up blocker to get the site's media player.

HAMMER OF THE GODS will hook you up with a whole lotta Zeppelin bootlegs.

A LIST OF THE TOP TEN ROCK INSULT SONGS that ignores Bob Dylan!? What was AskMen thinking? It's not like "Ballad Of A thin Man" or "Positively 4th Street" are obscure songs...

IT'S FUN to stay in the J-A-I-L. You can hang out with all the boys. Cue the music!

NOW SHOWING: This week's wide releases are the Kevin Smith sequel Clerks II (currently scoring 67 percent o­n the Tomatometer), the Spielberg-Zemeckis animated project Monster House (66 percent), the looked-good-on-paper My Super Ex-Girlfriend (45 percent, but a near-fresh 58 percent with "cream of the crop" critics), and the M. Night Shyamalan fairy-tale thriller Lady In the Water (26 percent and o­nly 17 percent with the "cream of the crop" -- what was Paul Giamatti thinking?).

CLERKS II was a movie everyone close to Kevin Smith thought he shouldn't make, at least until they saw a script.

CHRISTIE BRINKLEY BREAK-UPDATE: The media frenzy continues unabated, with the NYDN quoting the mother of the teen in the middle of the Christie Brinkley-Peter Cook breakup as calling Cook a "predator" and the NYP reporting o­n the 15 million dollar "love shack" Cook allegedly used to get down and dirty with his 19-year-old employee.

BRADGELINA: Maddox Jolie-Pitt was voted the cutest celebrity child in a poll by Life and Style magazine. The top ten are at the link.

LINDSAY LOHAN had her BlackBerry invaded by someone who sent her friends "disgusting and very mean messages." The French Hotel's rep denied any involvement.

GEORGE CLOONEY has broken up with director-producer Steven Soderbergh and partnered up with Good Night and Good Luck's Grant Heslov. The man clearly has commitment issues.

JESSICA BIEL: That charity lunch date with Esquire magazine's Sexiest Woman Alive went for 30K to someone named... wait for it... "John."

JUDE LAW and SIENNA MILLER may still be an item, but Law reportedly flew halfway across the world to confront Miller about claims she's been cheating o­n him with co-star James Franco. Miller says there's nothing between her Franco, though she told Law that Franco has written poems for her.

DAKOTA FANNING: The 12-year-old star's next role apparently calls for her character to be raped in o­ne explicit scene and to appear naked or clad o­nly in "underpants" in several other horrifying moments. But she finds solace in the music of Elvis Presley, so we should not find it totally creepy.

PAM ANDERSON, XTINA AGUILERA and the FRENCH HOTEL are all inflatable dolls. But you suspected as much, didn't you?

PAM ANDERSON may be in trouble with her PETA friends if they find out she's a partner in a restaurant that serves lobster and foie gras...

MADONNA is reportedly back o­n track with husband Guy Ritchie and considering adopting a child, according to Guy's father. And why not? All the A-Listers are adopting these days.

THE BIG LEBOWSKI: The F---ing Short Version. There's some profanity involved.  BONUS:  Kenny Rogers & The First Edition - "Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)."

JIHAD IN SWITZERLAND: No, really. It's making the Alpine nation reassess its historical policy of political neutrality. Actually, Switzerland has been less than neutral before, but they might pick the right side this time.

IRAQ: Grand Ayatollah Ali Al-Sistani called for an end to sectarian violence, as Maj. Gen. William Caldwell said insurgents were streaming into the capital for "an all-out assault against the Baghdad area." Iraqi and coalition soldiers surrounded and entered two cities just west of Kirkuk, searching for suspected al Qaeda terrorists at the request of local Sunni Arab leaders. Stars and Stripes reported o­n the results of a poll of military readers in Iraq, though the self-selecting sample may skew the results. In LOndon's Observer Music Monthly, reporter Jason Burke writes -- with some measure of humor -- about his Iraq soundtrack.

MIDEAST CONFLICT: The Counterterrorism Blog notes that most of Europe hasn't designated Hezbollah is a terror group, due in part to France's resistance to cutting off its own ties with Hezbollah (even though France designates Hezbollah's Security Chief as a terrorist). Meanwhile, Germany and France are especially worried about possible attacks from Hezbollah. Go figure. Meanwhile, the conflict continues to make strange bedfellows. A leading Saudi Sheik pronounced a fatwa against Hezbollah (which makes sense coming from a Wahhabi). But Slate's Jacob Weisberg and HBO's Bill Maher are defending the Bush Administration, which will get them disinvited to any number of cocktail parties, and probably a lot of anti-Semitic e-mails.

AWWW... A KITTY AND A MONKEY! You can see more pics and learn about their friendship through Cityrag.

A STOLEN BOLIVIAN SQUIRREL MONKEY has been found alive, playing with children o­n a housing estate in South London.

DROP the chihuahuas!

A SNIFFER DOG is employed by the Bumblebee Conservation Trust to find bumblebee nests in the Outer Hebrides and halt the insects’ steady slide towards UK extinction.

DOGS are digging their meat-flavored designer water.

THE GOD GATOR: A four-foot-long alligator in Wisconsin has white markings against a backdrop of black scales that form the letters G-O-D. Those who have seen the gator liken its markings to images resembling the Virgin Mary that have appeared o­n everything from a grilled cheese sandwich to a viaduct under the Kennedy Expressway. Rev. Philip Wilde, a nearby pastor, said he views the markings as a coincidence of nature.

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More Top 100 Videos, a Bob Pollard Tour Diary, The Sadies, and Python Surgery   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, July 20, 2006 - 08:00 AM
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ODE WITH BILLIE JOE:  Elvis Costello and Billy Joe Amstrong tackle "Allison" unpluggety for VH1’s Decades Rock Live, which is hosting a clip of Elvis with Death Cab For Cutie playing "Accidents Will Happen." The duo is also seen performing Green Day's "Good Riddance" in a bootleg video.

MORE OF THE TOP 100 MUSIC VIDEOS OF ALL TIME are revealed at Stylus, including Chris Issak, Talking Heads, Guns 'n' Roses leaving the cake out in the rain, and Fatboy Slim's "Weapon of Choice."

TOMMY KEENE says he can die happy, having played guitar for two of his generation's greatest songwriters -- Paul Westerberg and Robert Pollard. Keene's no slouch himself,as you can hear from MySpace.

JON WURSTER of Superchunk also toured with Robert Pollard and gave Harp magazine an amusing tour diary about being bitten in the face by Tommy Keene's dog, the "Pollard Posse," The Sopranos' Michael Imperioli, and more.

DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS frontman Patterson Hood tells Boston's Dig that "Southern Rock" died when Lynyrd Skynyrd's plane crashed. There's a Don McLean joke in there somewhere.

CAMERA OBSCURA frontwoman Tracyanne Campbell talks to Rolling Stone about Let's Get Out of This Country, which they recorded outside of the band's native Scotland. You can stream the whole album from Merge Records -- just scroll down at the link to find it.

THE SADIES have tracks from the upcoming album streaming from YepRoc, with Neko Case, Jon Langford and The Band's Garth Hudson among the cameos.

TIM O'REAGAN: The former Jayhawks drummer gets an audio feature and streaming songs from his self-titled disc, which has cameos from various Jayhawks alumni.

JULIANA HATFIELD gets an interview and a career overview in the Boston Phoenix.

PETE DOHERTY UPDATE: The troubled singer was spotted talking with ex-bandmate Carl Barat for the first time since Barat had Doherty booted from the Libertines.

CHRISTIE BRINKLEY BREAK-UPDATE: Now that the supermodel has separated from Peter Cook over a reported affair with a 19-year-old aspiring singer, the press has gone to singer Samantha Cole, who was 19 when she dated Cook -- at the same time she was working for Cook, who was also dating Brinkley. Cole spoke to the New York Post. And there's video at the ET website. Unsurprisingly, Brinkley's mom calls Cook "a no-good SOB."

DAVE NAVARRO and CARMEN ELECTRA BREAK-UPDATE: Navarro denies having a girlfriend and living with someone in NYC, presumably referring to silicone-enhanced socialite Sarah Howard.

DENISE RICHARDS will appear naked -- save for some clear balloons --in an upcoming issue of Jane magazine, to benefit the Clothes Off Our Back charitable foundation. The pics do not seem to have leaked to the internet yet, but -- as a service to Pate readers -- I will keep an eye peeled for them.

TOM-KAT UPDATE: Actress (and Scientologist) Leah Remini claims to have seen the Tom-Kitten and deems her normal looking.

SIENNA MILLER and JUDE LAW are still an item, according to a Miller flack denying rumors that Miller had started a romance with her latest leading man, James Franco.

UN-SILENT BOB: Good Morning America film critic Joel Siegel stormed out 40 minutes into a press screening of Kevin Smith's Clerks II, roaring, "Time to go! First movie I've walked out of in 30 (bleeping) years!" to his fellow critics after a scene in which a "donkey show" is discussed. Smith responded o­n his blog that he couldn't fault Siegel for feeling "revolted," but could fault him for the manner in which he left the screening, in the midst of a lengthy and profanity-laced critique of Siegel's work. Siegel and Smith hashed it out o­n The Opie and Anthony Show Wednesday (the audio is available at the last two links). But the funny part of the last link is that, in the comments, someone joked that Smith would soon appear to defend himself -- and he did. But what should you expect from the man who wrote: "The Internet is a communication tool used the world over where people can come together to b*tch about movies and share pornography with o­ne another."

BRITNEY SPEARS reads -- and quotes -- poet William Blake? Seems unlikely to me.

JFK, JR. was impaired when he plunged his plane into the Atlantic, according to best-selling Kennedy author C. David Heymann, who also alleges a cover-up by the FAA and the NTSB. I'm not buying it. If John-John plunged his vehicle into the water while under the influence and the government looked the other way, he would have survived the incident and would be a US Senator by now.

SNAKES ON A PLANE will not be shown to critics in advance of its release. I am shocked to discover gambling at Rick's Cafe Americain!

COLIN FARRELL reportedly used to consume 20 ecstasy tablets, four grams of coke, six grams of speed, half an ounce of hash, three bottles of Jack Daniels, 12 bottles of red wine, 60 pints and 280 cigarettes weekly, but claims he has been clean for six months and credits his three-year-old son with making him want to live a long life.

JESSICA SIMPSON was caught canoodling with comedian and co-star Dane Cook at an L.A. nightclub. But based o­n the video for "A Public Affair," it looks like she's got something going with an ice cream cone. The pneumatic blonde was in NYC yesterday to premiere the video o­n MTV's Total Request Live, where hostess (and Nick Lachey galpal) Vanessa Minnillo was mysteriously absent.

EDU-BLOGGING: It's really bad that I forgot to mention the 75th Carnival of Education, as it's got audio and video extras! But the latest Carnival does not seem to be posted yet, so I forgive myself.

MIDEAST CONFLICT: The Counterterrorism Blog notes more overlooked facts regarding the conflict, including another reason the Saudis are condemning Hezbollah. There's also a post summarizing illegal Hezbollah activities across North America. Thomas P.M. Barnett has a thought-provoking analysis of the situation, regardless of whether you agree with it. The list of nations blaming Hezbollah and Hamas for the current conflict now includes Canada. At ITM, Omar describes how the religious aspects of the conflict seem to be echoing in Iraq. But Saddam is warning Syria about getting too close to Iran. If Miss Lebanon and Miss Israel can be friends, can't they all just get along?

IRAQ: Prime Minister al-Maliki is looking for ways to end the presence in his country of an Iranian opposition group. The British troops in Basra not o­nly killed a number of al-Qaeda leaders (as noted here yesterday), but also uncovered two tons of terrorist weapons and equipment. The Counterterrorism Blog considers possible Turkish intervention in the north. In Ramadi, the AP's relentlessly negative Antonio Casteneda considers Mr. Wilson leaving the city's center as a symbol, ignoring the Coalition's new strategy there, which has already showing signs of success.

HOUDINI the BURMESE PYTHON underwent surgery in Idaho after swallowing an entire queen-size electric blanket — with the electrical cord and control box.

A NEWBORN BELUGA WHALE cleared three huge milestones -- birth, breath and bonding -- at Chicago's Shedd Aquarium. Cute pics at the link.

A RUNAWAY CIRCUS KANGAROO is roaming the green hills of Ireland after escaping near the picturesque port of Kinsale. Fortunately, Ireland is basking in near record temperatures more typical of Australia than Ireland's temperate maritime climate.

THE "DOG GIRL" brought up by a pack of dogs o­n a rundown farm near the village of Novaya Blagoveschenka in Ukraine is reunited with her parents at age 23, but it's too late to teach her many new tricks.

AN ALBINO SQUIRREL has been sighted in Arkansas City. Pic at the link.

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Beatles, More Top 100 Videos, Ryan Adams, and Dog Saves Toddler   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, July 19, 2006 - 08:00 AM
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GNARLS BARKLEY plays Forrest Gump in the new video for "Smiley Faces," hanging with everyone from Duke Ellington to the Velvet Underground to David Bowie and beyond. Dennis Hopper and Dean Stockwell have cameos, though not reprising their roles from Blue Velvet.

THE 2006 MERCURY PRIZE shortlist has been announced, with finalists including Arctic Monkeys, Isobel Campbell, Gulliemots, Richard Hawley, Thom Yorke and more. The BBC will hook you up with profiles and samples. There's also a timeline charting the highs and lows of the awards.

THE REAL ANIMALS: Gorilla vs. Bear features metal bands fronted by animals, including Hatebeak (fronted by a parrot) and Caninus (fronted by two pitbulls).

THE RECOVERED BEATLES TAPES could be commerically released as soon as next year, according to Neil Aspinall, head of the Apple Corps estate. Beatles fans expect the recordings to emerge slowly as not to flood the market. There may also be legal issues surrounding the ownership of the Lennon-McCartney tracks.  RELATED:  Mars Needs Guitars recently posted the MOJO magazine disc of Revolver covers for your listening pleasure..

MORE OF THE TOP 100 MUSIC VIDEOS OF ALL TIME are revealed at Stylus.

THE HOLD STEADY reveal the details o­n the band's next album, due in October. And if you're unfamiliar with the band, Pitchfork will hook you up with "My Little Hoodrat Friend" at the link.

MARGOT & THE NUCLEAR SO & SOS frontman Richard Edwards explains why the band takes its name in part from The Royal Tenenbaums: "I think the (Wes Anderson) movies, the few people who get them or get into them, really like them and maybe that’s how our music is, if you like us you like us a lot." There's a selection of Margot tracks streamable from the Hype Machine.

ART BRUT and WE ARE SCIENTISTS are covering each other's songs for a split-single to celebrate touring together.

BELLE & SEBASTIAN is curating an album of children's songs, which will also include tracks from the Flaming Lips, Franz Ferdinand and Jonathan Richman.

RYAN ADAMS: Is he really putting out three more albums this year? Is he really responding to the commenters at Stereogum? If not, he's a good Adams impersonator...  Regardless, there is plenty of Adams -- including some odd covers -- currently streaming via the Hype Machine.

PETE DOHERTY UPDATE: Babyshambles is playing Ibiza, so the folks renting the troubled singer a villa are removing all the valuable items.

CHRISTIE BRINKLEY BREAK-UPDATE: The 19-year old girl at the center of the former supermodel's marital trainwreck is talking to New York Post. Or you can go right to the video. Roger Friedman reminds us of his prior story that Peter Cook was seriously dating a beautiful 19-year-old singer named Samantha Cole behind Brinkley's back before they were married.

BRITNEY SPEARS got an apology from the UK's National Enquirer for reporting that the pop star was ready to divorce Spenderline. So the same day, the Daily Mail claims the "things are far from rosy" in their marriage.

MADONNA works out with a large, £6,995 vibrating gadget. But we all assumed as much already, didn't we?

MATTHEW McCONAGHEY: People magazine's Sexiet man Alive is auctioning his '71 Stingray Corvette for hurricane relief.

JESSIC BIEL: Esquire magazine's Sexiest Woman Alive is auctioning off a lunch date to help raise money for a teenager who lost her leg in a prom night limousine accident.

OLIVER STONE is still taking hallucinogens, which makes it even more remarkable that his upcoming World Trade Center is apparently not a wacky conspiracy movie.

PAM ANDERSON and KID ROCK are getting hitched, thereby preserving the balance of married versus single Baywatch lifeguards.

DAVE NAVARRO-CARMEN ELECTRA BREAK-UPDATE: Navarro may not have left Electra for Tommy Lee, but he's reportedly been seeing socialite Sarah Howard for five months. Electra has yet to find another tattooed loveboy in the mold of Navarro or first hubby Dennis Rodman.

JERI RYAN, best known as Seven of Nine o­n Star Trek: TNG, is engaged. At Egotastic, Phil reminds us about her last husband taking her to sex clubs and trying to get her to participate in all manner of activities.

STEVE GUTTENBERG: You may be asking yourself, "WTF? Steve Guttenberg?" But if you scroll down to the entry for July 12th at Zap2It, you'll find he's much funnier now that he's lost his mind. The most normal sentence is his first: "I'm doing something, it's actually called Jew Fever..."

PAUL SCHRADER:  The acclaimed writer-director is tackling Adam Resurrected, the story of a Jewish circus clown who is kept alive by the Nazis to entertain his fellow Jews as they march to the gas chambers. Jerry Lewis is going to be so ticked!

CATE BLANCHETT bought her first panties since high school just a few years ago. Which we can safely file under TMI.

TRAILER REMIX: Fellini is scored by Eminem in 8 1/2 Mile.

IRAQ: Four key al-Qaida leaders responsible for major bombings and sectarian bloodshed have been captured in Baghdad, according to Iraq's National Security Advisor. British forces killed five members of al-Sadr's militia and wounded ten others in clashes yesterday. The director general of the Independent Electoral Commission and ten others were arrested o­n charges of corruption "over wasting public money," which is actually a good thing, given that corruption is a recognized problem even in the new gov't. The UN issued a report stating that about 14K civilians had been killed so far this year. Aside from the inherent difficulty of separating innocent civilian from insurgent or militia in this situation, I am reminded that Saddam killed between 100-230K Shia and Kurds in April 1991 alone. The spike in sectarian violence will have to sustain at the current level for the rest of the year to match Saddam's average.

IRAN: President Ahmadinejad says that "the world is standing o­n the threshold of great development and the Muslims are expected to overcome their aggressive enemies," which is just what you want to hear from someone trying to get nukes and talking about wiping countries off the face of the world.

MIDEAST CONFLICT: The New York Times, true to form, opines that the UN -- led by the US and France -- must step in to broker the earliest possible cease-fire between Israel and Hezbollah (the editorial omits Hamas, but whatever).  Has the UN -- or the US -- a magic wand they've been keeping hidden? To broker a cease-fire, both sides have to think they might benefit. Israel is thinking about ground troops and spending weeks in its effort to crush Hezbollah. For his part, Hezbollah's leader called for "open war," then said "we are at the beginning." As Israeli ground troops enter southern Lebanon, members of Hezbollah told CNN that Israel's aerial assault has not damaged their ability to fight, and vowed to struggle to the death. The group's Iranian branch now threatens to attack Israeli and US interests worldwide (which got the FBI's attention). DEBKA -- an outfit that clearly favors (and may well have ties with) Israel -- notes that Israel’s terms for a ceasefire are unrealistic, while Hezbollah’s leaders and masters in Tehran and Damascus are completely inaccessible and unsusceptible to diplomatic norms. These are not parties with any interest in diplomacy at the moment. The NYT's detachment from this sort of reality may explain why the paper is downsizing.

SEN. LISA MURKOWSKI caught a 63-pound king salmon in the 11th annual Kenai River Classic, an annual fundraiser for conservation of habitat along the Kenai River in Alaska.

WHAT'S IT ALL ABOUT, ALFIE? "Woof! Woof!" a toddler has climbed out of a second-story window and is scampering across the porch rooftops of the row houses? "Woof!"

SNAKE IN A MAILBOX: A six-foot boa constrictor, to be exact. It's all so funny until you end up in federal custody.

PET HOARDING: Yes, I suppose the stench of a decomposed body, 110 cats and three dogs might attract a few flies.

A SEAL takes up residence in a horse paddock down under.

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SAM COOKE does a good job lip-synching "Everybody Loves to Cha Cha," until Jackie Wilson turns up.

NEW RELEASES: Another slow week, though Feist remixes, a Steve Miller reissue, Bruce Cockburn, and Golden Smog are among the CDs streaming in full from AOL Music. Scott H. Biram has another album of gritty, bluesy material (there are older tracks at MySpace).

PATTIE BOYD, Eric Clapton’s ex-wife and the woman he stole from Beatle George Harrison -- the subject of "Layla" and "and Wonderful Tonight" -- is breaking 40 years of silence to pen her autobiography. Pattie’s memoirs come at the same time that another lover, Italian Lori Del Santo, whose four-year-old son with Clapton, Conor, died when he fell from a New York skyscraper, is penning her own version of events. Both will coincide with Clapton's own autobiography.

SMOOSH: The tween sisters, currently touring with eels, want to be taken seriously. Drummer Chloe, 12, says: "I don't really like it when people say, 'Oh, look at those guys, they're so adorable!' I want them to focus o­n our music." Keyboardist and songwriter Asya, 14, is critical of their debut album, She Like Electric: "I think it sounds really bad now that I listen to it. It sounds really young and stuff. I was like 11 when we made that CD." The Seattle Times paid a home visit that shows them unconcerned with their success, and with Asya more charitable toward her music: "It's good to have two albums. It's all your best songs." Although "Find A Way" would be my pick to click, there's an assortment of Smoosh streaming via the Hype Machine.

EXPLOSIONS IN THE SKY, an Austin combo featured o­n the soundtrack of Friday Night Lights, is offering 2005's The Rescue EP as a free download, along with recording notes.

THE TOP 100 VIDEOS OF ALL TIME is the theme of a series starting o­n Stylus, complete with embedded YouTube video.

DAVID BYRNE talks to Pitchfork about the reissue of his collaboration with Brian Eno, My Life in the Bush of Ghosts. Byrne engages in some juicy rationalization about the exclusion of "Qu'ran" after the initial pressing in 1981, saying it was done simply "in deference to somebody's religion." Yet the album features found audio from Pentecostal preachers and even an exorcist. Moreover, Byrne complains about self-censorship and sees religions -- including Islam -- as a lie. So Rolling Stone is probably closer to the mark in claiming the song was cut "because of fatwa-dodging concerns that unfortunately still apply." Even more unfortunate when someone who presents himself as an artist engages in the type of spin normally the province of the politician. You can hear o­ne of those preachers o­n "Help Me Somebody."

M WARD'S upcoming fourth album, Post War, will have cameos from Neko Case and My Morning Jacket's Jim James.

MELODY MAKERS: London's Guardian looks at the new generation of singer-songwriters who grew up o­n punk and hardcore music, including King Creosote, Sam Duckworth, Jim Noir, James Morrison and the best-known of the bunch, Jose Gonzalez. Each also talks about a song he wishes he had written -- though I suspect Jose is kidding about "America, F*ck Yeah" from Team America: World Police.

NELLY FURTADO says she's attracted to women, but now but now that she's a single mom with a "secret boyfriend," she's rejected feminist, male-bashing brainwashing.

WHO'S LEFT: At the presser announcing the world tour, Pete Townshend talks about being known for the CSI themes and touring because of his son and the Internet.

PETE DOHERTY-KATE MOSS UPDATE: The troubled singer is concerned about his mother's upcoming book. Meanwhile, the supposedly sober supermodel has landed another million-pound contract -- this time with classic biker outfitters Belstaff.

CARMEN ELECTRA and DAVE NAVARRO, contrary to recent denials, are "amicably separating" after roughly 2 1/2 years of marriage. This had been rumored for awhile, so it presumably is not related to Navarro's man-love for Tommy Lee.

JUDE LAW and SIENNA MILLER have reportedly split again, this time over Law's need to spend more time with his kids.

JESSICA SIMPSON and NICK LACHEY had awkward run-in at a small Hollywood hot spot, where Lachey arrived with reputed girlfriend and ET infobabe Vanessa Minnillo. Also, the NYDN claims that the pneumatic blonde's creepy dad-manager wanted to watch Nick at night, in particular the security tape from a club o­n the night that Lachey, Manillo and Jessica's former assistant CaCee Cobb were all present. A Simpson rep denies it, natch.

THE McCARTNEYS: The Daily Mail claims that Sir Paul banishes estranged wife Heather Mills from his 160-acre East Sussex estate whenever he wants to see their daughter Beatrice, without a car and driver, effectively exposing Mills to the paparazzi. He repeats the mantra to his friends that while he may have been a fool in love, he won't be o­ne in divorce. But it does not come easy to him. Natch.

BRADGELINA: Pitt also wants to spend as much time with baby Shiloh and his adopted kids because even he is sick of thinking about himself. Video at the link.

CHRISTIE BRINKLEY BREAK-UPDATE: The teenager at at the center of the former supermodel's marital meltdown may sue Brinkley's future ex, perhaps for sexual harassment. Peter Cook, 47, caused "substantial and irreparable harm" when he showered aspiring singer Diana Bianchi, 19, with luxurious gifts -- including a Nissan Maxima -- and then seduced her behind Brinkley's back, the teen's lawyer alleged.

TOM-KAT UPDATE: What is it with Cruise in Chicago? He does the Oprah show and jumps the couch. He makes a surprise visit at the Chicago Film Festival to give Steven Spielberg an award and gives him a strange hug to boot. More odd behavior from the man who dispatched his private plane to get cherry soda for Holmes in Colorado.

OPRAH and her friend Gayle King want to be clear: They're not gay. NTTAWWT.

OWEN WILSON: The Butterscotch Stallion was rubbed the wrong way by a masseur who gave him "porn slaps." NTTAWWT.

SAMUEL L. JACKSON is the voice of God. He already knew Ezekiel 25:17.

CHRIS ELLIOT and MICHAEL McKEAN will play Heat Miser and Snow Miser in a live-action remake of The Year Without a Santa Claus. And someone o­n YouTube has taken the clips of Mother Nature's two sons and nicely dubbed in the covers by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy.

WE'RE HAVIN' A HEAT WAVE: Last weekend, the Chicago Dermatological Society turned up in a van at the North Avenue Beach to give free five minute screenings for skin cancer and hand out sunscreen samples. This weekend, I'll be turning up at the North Avenue Beach to apply sunscreen to attractive women for free. Granted, I'm not a doctor, but I have played o­ne.

IRAQ: With the spike of sectarian violence, many Sunni Arab political and religious leaders o­nce staunchly opposed to the US presence in Iraq now want US troops to protect them from the rampages of Shiite militias and government forces. Turkey has called for Iraq and the US to crack down o­n Kurdish guerrillas in northern Iraq. Recently declassified documents from old Iraqi gov't files suggest that the Iraqi Itell Service directed the Military Industrialization Commission, responsible for the development and manufacture of proscribed weapons, to change nuclear, chemical and missile testing sites identified by foreign intell, though the memo is undated. Another document from 1998 is a lengthy investigation of which of Saddam's men failed to properly purge WMD files found by the UN. As expected, no smoking guns here, though they do run contrary to the now-conventional wisdom that Saddam destroyed most of his WMDs shortly after the Gulf War. Cher, who opposes the battle in Iraq, taled to Stars and Stripes about the singer's work for the Intrepid Fund for training disabled troops and Operation Helmet.

MIDEAST CONFLICT: Pres. Bush said a swear word. Hezbollah's head urged Arab states to aid the terror group, a notion rejected by the Arab League, with the Saudis stepping up their criticism of Hamas and Hezbollah, largely due to the perceived role Iran has played in the conflict. And though there is no direct evidence with respect to the immediate conflict, Tehran has supplied Hezbollah with approximately 11,500 missiles and projectiles and trained more than 3,000 Hezbollah members. The position of the Arab states against the Persian-dominated, Shiite theocracy in Iran may make this conflict decidedly different from the 1967 war. BTW, experts think this will hurt tourism in Lebanon.

A BABY PENGUIN made his public debut at the Detroit Zoo. Pics and video at the link. Plus, the zoo is running a contest to name the chick through the end of this month.

BLACKBIRDS are swooping down and attacking the heads of pedestrians in San Luis Obispo, CA (where o­ne of my uncles o­nce lived). You can o­nly imagine how bad the problem is in Bodega Bay.

BARBARO, the injured Kentucky Derby winner, is keeping a positive mental attitude as he fights for life agaisnt the odds. The weekend brought an outpouring of sentiment from Barbaro fans. Baskets filled with apples, carrots, mints and packages of sugar cubes and several flower arrangements were delivered for the third straight day after Richardson said Barbaro had laminitis.

FLORIDA GATORS are about to have their welfare program cut off.

A BABY GIRAFFE debuting at the Denver Zoo brings today's animal stories full circle, with plenty of pics at the link.

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