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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
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...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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New Releases, Smoosh, Top All-time Videos, Misers, Baby Zoo Animals   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, July 18, 2006 - 08:00 AM
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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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Tom Waits, Nick Drake, NY Dolls, a Two-Faced Kitten and a Two-Faced Lobster   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, July 17, 2006 - 08:00 AM
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SOMEBODY'S GOING TO SEE TOM WAITS, nyah nyah nyah nyah nyah. Sorry... couldn't help myself. Need Coffee will hook you up with a slew of Waits clips from YouTube, but not "Downtown Train," which ended up as a hit for Rod Stewart.

FIFTY ALBUMS THAT CHANGED MUSIC: London's Observer has an introduction noting the 50th anniversary of the UK albums chart that anticipates and attempts to explain its list, which is topped by The Velvet Underground and Nico, but includes Robert Johnson's King of the Delta Blues Singers in its top five.

THE 100 BEST LIVING SONGWRITERS: Paste has finally posted its list with supporting essays (Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan place fourth). As such lists are intended to stir the pot, I'll note that the commenters at Chromewaves and Stereogum point out a few flaws in the list.

GOLDEN SMOG: The New York Times (of all places) has five free MP3s from the album coming out tomorrow, offered in conjunction with an article about the "death" of alt-country (a view held by the writer, when the interviewees never saw themselves as part of such a school). Even if you have to do the free registration at the NYT, I'd recommend it for tracks like "Corvette" (a wonderful, summery pop tune) and the dreamier "5-22-02."

NICK DRAKE: The living British poet pays tribute to the late British folk-rocker who shares his name. There's a selection of Drake tunes streaming via the Hype Machine including the two probably most associated with his semi-popular revival -- "Pink Moon," which was licensed for the Volkswagen commercial, and "One of These Things First," which is part of the Garden State soundtrack.

500 RECOVERED BEATLES TAPES, at the center of a trial noted here last week, are raising hopes among fab fans of new releases from the lovable moptops.

THE NEW YORK DOLLS: Reunited with Sylvain Sylvain after 30 years, with a new album coming, David Johansen remains eminently quotable in articles from Reuters and London's Guardian: "Well, I think this album falls apart as well, but in all the right places. It's a rock'n'roll record, and not a lot of people make rock'n'roll records today. They make weird marching music, or Hitler Youth rally music."

PITCHFORK'S INFINITE MIXTAPE adds a cover of Joy Division's "Love Will Tear Us Apart," by Susanna and the Magical Orchestra.

THE PIPETTES are blazing a trail for a new generation of bands in the thrall to old-style girl groups, but chafe at the notion that they are wedded to nolstalgia: "We don't want to copy the music of that era," says Rose. "What would be the point? We're trying to bring a fresh approach and we're very aware of the music of our time." You can stream plenty of Pipettes via the Hype Machine.

KEEF RICHARDS, LORD OF THE UNDEAD, was allegedly drunk when he fell out of a tree while o­n holiday in Fiji in April. Also, I have discovered that there is gambling at Rick's Cafe Americain.

DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS played DC Saturday night. You can stream the show from NPR.

HALFTIME REPORT: At My Old Kentucky Blog, Dodge is steaming selections from his picks. He also has an extensive list of honorable mentions.

SYD BARRETT: Another view of the late and former Pink Floyd frontman, from his sister, who is also a nurse.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: As expected, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest won a second weekend with an estimated 62 million take, which breaks the ten-day opening record previously held by Star Wars: Episode III and becomes the fastest film to break 200 million. New releases Little Man and You, Me and Dupree placed a distant second and third with a little over 20 million apiece. Superman Retturns took another big drop. The Devil Wears Prada rounds out the top five.

SUPERMAN had a hissy fit because his makeup made him look wimpy. NTTAWWT.

THE McCARTNEYS: Sir Paul reportedly threw a "moving-on" party this past weekend to mark a new era without estranged wife Heather Mills. He's also pulling out of a major fundraising event for her Adopt-A-Minefield campaign -- so he doesn't overshadow things, natch. And he's hired Prince Charles' divorce lawyer, which I'm sure is also for Heather's benefit somehow.

AVRIL LAVIGNE and Sum 41 frontman DERYCK WHIBLEY got hitched o­n Saturday, which I merely note for the record.

CHRISTIE BRINKLEY reportedly kicked her fourth husband to the curb after she found out he was cheating o­n her with his 19-year-old assistant, according to the ever reliable National Enquirer. The tab adds that Brinkley learned of the affair when the teen's cop stepfather confronted Cook in her presence.

VAUGHNISTON: Jennifer Aniston has been singing the praises of her Vince Vaughn, admitting he’s better in bed than any of her previous partners, including Brad Pitt. Me. Ow. Not that anyone should be surprised. The beautiful people sometimes think the beauty is enough.

TOM-KAT UPDATE: TMZ has an update o­n the forthcoming book o­n Cruise by Richard Morton, who reportedly has spent the last several months in L.A. interviewing people close to Cruise about the star's career, his religion, even his sexuality. US Weekly notes that for all the press generated by Tom-Kat, the couple has said next to nothing. South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone regret mocking Tom Cruise and Scientology because theyare now constantly asked about him and fear they have a "Tom Cruise stink" o­n them.

DENISE & HEATHER & RICHIE & CHARLIE & DAVID: Charlie Sheen's restraining order has been extended.

MADONNA has cancelled plans to tour Australia, supposedly because her kids will have to be going to school. Appaerntly, Madge didn't know when her kids were due back in school when the planned the tour. She can still sell out gigs in NYC, though Madge and hubby Guy Ritchie allegedly got into a fight at the party to celebrate it, when Madge started getting down o­n the dancefloor with ex-beau Lenny Kravitz.

JACKO won and lost in court, mostly losing to the tune of 700K to the former gay porn producer who sued for unpaid royalties, loans and expenses he claimed were owed him from various projects the two collaborated o­n several years ago.

JACK BLACK has quit smoking and started going to bed at a reasonable hour, now that he's a dad.

M. NIGHT SHYAMALAN: The man behind The Sixth Sense and Signs is about as weird as you might expect, if EW's excerpt from an upcoming book o­n the making of Lady In The Water is any indication.

TRAILER REMIX: Fans of Hugh Jackman wil love or hate the trailer for X-Men-3: The Last Standing Ovation, which includes clips from Jackman's work o­n Broadway.

IRAQ: At ITM, Mohammed looks at the bigger picture: "In spite of what we are facing here every day I find myself, just like many others, so attached to following what's going o­n between Israel and Lebanon and that's mostly because of the close resemblance between the two cases. In both cases we see a weak government suffering to control a powerful militia that is challenging the will of the rest of the country and engaging in a proxy war making the people suffer the results of regional conflicts that in no way can benefit their country..." For that matter, despite religious differences, al Qaeda and Hezbollah have had past ties. The International Crisis Group, a Brussels-based think tank, argues that Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr and his forces are vital to Iraq's stability and must be engaged to avoid an all-out civil war. Regular visitors here know that al-Sadr's militia is seen as a major threat by the new gov't, though al-Sadr has disclaimed responsibility for recent attacks. The Organization of the Islamic Conference is preparing to bring together Shiite and Sunni scholars in an effort to prevent sectarian conflict.

MIDEAST CONFLICT: Op|For suggests that Israel's operations in southern Lebanon are designed to prep a battlefield for the insertion of ground forces. Thoms P.M. Barrett argues that the conflict is a well-timed and well-placed launch of pre-emptive war. The notion that Iran is trying to buy time by fueling the conflict would jibe with its public statement that Western incentives to halt its nuclear program were an "acceptable basis" for negotiations, bth of which coincide with the UN Security Council resolution banning member states from selling material or technology for missiles or WMDs to North Korea.

AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT: A kitten with two faces. Video at the link and through AOL.

A MAINE LOBSTER is a good candidate to play Two-Face in the next Batman movie.

SNAKES IN A CAR: More than 20, in fact. Samuel L. Jackson was unavailable for comment.

A WHITE ALLIGATOR has gone public display at the Riverbanks Zoo in South Carolina. The gator is leucistic, which is not the same as being albino. Pics and video at the link.

A GAY BODYBUILDER is suing the feds for the right to sunbathe in the nude o­n Fire Island with his rat terrier, Cheekies. He claims he suffers from a disabling skin condition caused by 9/11 and the antidote is exposure to sun. He claims he needs the dog for emotional support. Like I could make that up.

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