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Breaking News: Arthur Lee, R.I.P. with Love   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, August 04, 2006 - 05:30 PM
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ARTHUR LEE, the enigmatic and volatile frontman, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist of the legendary Los Angeles psychedelic band Love, best known for the critically revered 1967 album, Forever Changes, has died in a Memphis hospital after a battle with leukemia, his manager said on Friday. He was 61. Bands as diverse as Led Zeppelin, Echo and the Bunnymen and Siouxsie and the Banshees cited Love as an influence. The band's self-titled debut yielded the hit single "My Little Red Book," written by Hal David and Burt Bacharach (and later covered by Pate in its early days). There are also classic clips like "A Message to Pretty" and "Your Mind And We Belong Together" are posted on YouTube, along with Calexico covering "Alone Again Or" from Forever Changes just last month. Lee had also been the honoree of a benefit concert in June -- here's Robert Plant playing Zep's "What Is And What Should Never Be" at that show. You should also be able to find plenty of Love to stream via the Hype Machine.

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Weekend Songs, The Hold Steady, Cutout Bin, and Midge the Cop   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, August 04, 2006 - 08:00 AM
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...with THE EASYBEATS playing "Friday o­n My Mind," which tops a playlist of Friday and Saturday songs compiled by London's Guardian. Sadly, some of the best songs o­n the list are not currently o­nline, but you can watch The Cure play "10:15 Saturday Night" (and, for that matter, Friday, I'm In Love") o­n You Tube and stream The Specials' "Friday Night, Saturday Morning" and De La Soul's "A Roller Skating Jam Named 'Saturdays'" via the Hype Machine. I could not find Tom Waits playing "The Ghosts of Saturday Night (After Hours at Napoleone's Pizza House)," but I did find a live take of "The Heart of Saturday Night." BONUS: From the sublime to "S-A-TUR-DAY... NIGHT!"

LOLLAPALOOZA starts today. Selected slots are being webcasted by the letters A, T and T. No Sonic Youth or Gnarls Barkley, but you can see Wilco.

STILL MORE PITCHFORK: The Austin Chronicle profiles the influential music site and its founder, Ryan Schreiber. The site has posted pics and interviews from Day Two of the fest, including Jens Lekman talking about his band of Swedish hotties. YANP has pics and commentary o­n The Futureheads and Tapes N' Tapes -- in the latter, he solves the mystery of the band's "Internet Promotions Manager Chad Tickle."

THE HOLD STEADY: At Chromewaves, Frank has a rave about the band, along with photos from their gig at Lee's Palace, which he calls "a torrent of beer, sweat and pure rock." He's posted MP3s , along with links to two videos for "Your Little Hoodrat Friend." If you check the Hype Machine, you can stream versions of new songs performed o­n The Current via Water Cooler Gossip.

MAN MAN frontman Honus Honus talks to Flagpole about whether it's good to be a buzz band, working o­n the next album, and his day job working in a cockfighting ring, which I would take with a grain of salt.

THE PIPETTES are releasing "Judy" as their new single, in three different formats, with three different B-sides.

THE JESUS AND MARY CHAIN picked up where your precious Echo left off; the recent reissue of the band's catalog prompts a primer from Prefix. There are a number of JAMC clips o­n YouTube, though my pick to click today would be "Just Like Honey." There's also a selection of JAMC streaming via the Hype Machine.

'SCUSE ME, WHILE I KISS THIS GUY: Ken King directs our attention to The Archive of Misheard Lyrics.

THE MANLY PANDAS, GENRE FIGHTER and HORSESHOES are among nearly ten thousand fake band names generated by MIT's Media Lab. Please don't tell Robert Pollard.

THE MOUNTAIN GOATS are among the bands with a session from the Gideon Coe show streaming from the BBC.

THE CUTOUT BIN: More fortuitous finds o­n the Hype Machine, including: King Curtis - Twisting Time; The Beatles - Some Other Guy; Johnny Kidd & The Pirates - Shakin' All Over; Madness - One Step Beyond; Elvis Costello - (I Don't Want To Go To) Chelsea; Big Audio Dynamite - The Bottom Line; War - Spill The Wine; Voltage - Hold o­n! I'm Comin'; Deep Purple - River Deep-Mountain High (Single Version); Van Morrison - Your Cheatin' Heart; and Beck - Your Cheatin' Heart.

MAD MEL UPDATE: TMZ, which has owned the story of Gibson's anti-Semitic rant during a DUI arrest, has everything from cellphone video of Mel at the bar to a clip of Pres. Bush being asked about the scandal. But the site may be unable to get the audio and video taken during his arrest, as the Sheriff's Department may keep it under wraps, and any suit brought by TMZ would also bring in Gibson's new, high-powered legal team.

GIBSON REAX: The President isn't the o­nly o­ne who doesn't want to comment o­n Gibson's situation. While some in Hollywood have denounced the actor -- including a full-page, jokey attack o­n Gibson by Rob Schneider -- most of the suits have stayed quiet. A billboard company refused an anti-Gibson board as billboard operators don’t want to risk alienating studios, who account for most of their ad dollars. Tinseltown gossip Nikki Finke, while denouncing Gibson, rips Hollywood's amorality: "Sex and drug scandals, misogyny toward women, intolerance toward gays, prejudice against racial and ethnic groups other than Jews, celebration of violence, abuse of underlings, and o­n and o­n: All are part and parcel of the business of entertainment, where pricks get ahead precisely because of their abominable behavior. This is a town that has no notion of personal responsibility, much less corporate responsibility..." L.A. Observed sardonically maps out Gibson's redemption tour, though Greg Gutfeld has a more entertaining option for a Gibson comeback.

ELSEWHERE IN LA-LA LAND: Uma Thurman doesn't have a problem working o­n her next picture, In Bloom, just because its director was arrested o­n sexual assault charges involving two women in Connecticut. Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, along with British Prime Minister Tony Blair and former President Clinton welcomed London Mayor Ken Livingstone for a green event, though L.A.'s prior Mayor refused Livingstone any official welcome (and urged others to do the same) due to comments demeaning the memory of the Nazi Holocaust, Israeli leaders and embracing an extremist Islamist cleric.

NOW SHOWING: This week's wide releases include Will Farrell's Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (scoring 73 percent Fresh o­n the Tomatometer), the animated Barnyard (33 percent), the reportedly uber-gruesome The Descent (scoring a shocking 90 percent), and the Robin Williams-led thriller The Night Listener (scoring 45 percent).

CINDY CRAWFORD and PAM ANDERSON caught on video giving lapdances. Later, I'll fire off an e-mail to Al Gore to thank him for inventing the Internet, even though you can't see all that much.

TONY BLAIR: The French Hotel does not know who the UK PM is. Hint -- he's the dude having gin with Snoop Dogg at Skybar.

ELTON JOHN is sick of American rockers with their piercings and tattoos, and is urging them to adopt the glam-rock style made popular by his peers. He should have thought of that before cleaning out his closet.

BRADGELINA: Pitt and Maddox send each other private podcasts while Pitt is away o­n location.

BRUCE WILLIS claims a childhood friend is trying to shake him down. Willis claims the frend wanted to exploit "highly personal, private and confidential information" about Willis and his family after being hired to "organize private family photographs, videotapes, DVDs and films depicting Willis and his family members."

JESSICA SIMPSON wore a see-through dress to L.A. hotspot The Ivy. Yet when I look at her face, I'm troubled by the photo of her getting behind the wheel of a Range Rover. So if you look at the photo gallery, I would advise you to try to not to look at her face.

9/11 CONSPIRACY THEORISTS: More than a third of the American public suspects that federal officials assisted in the 9/11 terrorist attacks or took no action to stop them so the US could go to war in the Middle East, according to a new Scripps-Howard/Ohio University poll. Some of them are university professors, even at publicly-funded schools like the University of Wisconsin. I'm sure they will have an explanation for the audiotapes showing the gov't was pretty clueless about the whole thing. Proof that if you plunge far enough to the Left or Right, you can meet in the same place.

IRAQ: As the NCIS prepares to issue a report o­n the Haditha shootings, Time reports that "a Pentagon source familiar with the criminal investigation says that contrary to the suggestions of some media reports Wednesday, there have been no conclusions that the Marines deliberately killed unarmed civilians." Such might be proved in a military court, but it's another lesson o­n the wisdom of knee-jerk reactions. About 200 Turkish soldiers entered two kilometers into Northern Iraq to conduct an operation against the Kurdistan Worker's Party (PKK). Radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr summoned his followers around the country to attend a mass rally today in Baghdad in support of Hezbollah.

MIDEAST CONFLICT: Just days after French foreign minister Philippe Douste-Blazy claimed that Iran "plays a stabilizing role in the region," he was forced to conemn Iranian Pres. Ahmadinejad's statement Thursday that the solution to the current Middle East crisis was to destroy Israel. I guess France missed all the other times he's said this. Ahmadinejad also rejected deploying international forces o­n the Israeli-Lebanese border and Iran freed bin Laden's son from house arrest to build and prepare Islamist terror cells to fight alongside Hizbollah. Walid Jumblatt worries that the fighting has dealt a fatal blow to a Lebanon free of Iranian and Syrian influence. Michael J. Totten opines that Lebanese "support" for Hezbollah is nothing more than an attempt at national unity during a fight. Lee Smith claims that even now, "many Lebanese imagining, fantasizing, hoping against hope that Hezbollah will be wiped from the face of the earth." Walid Phares agrees, but argues that Lebann needs the international community to support those hopes. Blogging from Tyre, Chris Albritton reports that Hezbollah is hassling and threatening reporters. Ironically, Albritton then links to a story about Israel striking two ambulances that the conservative Riehl World View shows is likely Hezbollah propaganda.

MIDGE, a 6-pound Chihuahua-rat terrier mix, is a crimefighter-in-training. There are pics of Midge training and playing with her 7-year-old, 125-pound colleague Brutus at the link.

MY DOG VOTES is the name of a voter registration drive being run by the Dog Federation Of New York and Southern Adirondack Dog Club. I thought this might tend to disenfranchise cats, but cats tend to be pretty apathetic, much like people.

A THREE-CLAWED MUTANT CRAB has been captured off the Cornish coast. Fortunately, no giant insects were sighted.

ABU THE BABOON has lost his mojo and will undergo the Wellington Zoo's first-ever testosterone replacement next week to see whether they can get his mojo workin'.

EVEN A MAN who's pure of heart and says his prayers at night... May become a wolf when the wolfbane blooms and the autumn moon is bright.

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P-Fork Video, New Ryan Adams, Aerovons, Wolf Parade and more...   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, August 03, 2006 - 08:00 AM
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PITCHFORK FEST VIDEO: Although Pitchfork told folks not to bring video cameras to the Festival, some apparently did... and uploaded their lo-fi videos to YouTube. Pitchfork now displays a semi-decent attitude about it, posting a number of highlights o­n its own website, including o­ne of the best videos, Art Brut's finale of "Good Weekend." However, there are a number of clips not posted at Pitchfork. For example, there are also clips of Art Brut's "Formed A Band" and "My Little Brother." There's a shorter close-up version of Jens Lekman and his Swedich Hotties starting their set that loses sync along the way and a his first two songs taken from farther away, with better sync, but worse sound. Similarly, there's a closer minute of Mission of Burma's "That's When I Reach For My Revolver" and a full version from farther back. The first 11 minutes of Yo La Tengo is posted, with really bad audio. The clip of The National's "All The Wine" is taken from a distance, but the sound is pretty good. ALSO: Pitchfork has a selection of pics and interviews, including a funny o­ne with man Man's Honus Honus. When asked about throwing feathers during the band's slot at the fest: "I wanted to do the feathers because we were playing early. I wanted to leave our mark o­n the stage, because nothing's gnarlier than feathers o­nce they're covered in beer and water and sweat. Every band I see walking through here has a feather stuck to them." YANP has pics of Ted Leo bleeding after hitting himself with the mic.

RYAN ADAMS: The prolific singer-songwriter has a new song streaming at his website, but you can stream that o­ne and other new o­nes he's debuting live via the Hype Machine.

AMERICA'S BEATLES? Not really, but this NPR story o­n the Aerovons is fascinating. Listen as a band started by a Beatles fanatic improbably winds up recording at Abbey Road and meeting George Harrison. Someone could make a movie out of it.

THOM YORKE: The Radiohead frontman has called for UK PM Tony Blair to be ousted from office over his handling of the mideast conflict. Apparently, Thom has a magic wand that is going to cause Hezbollah to stop firing rockets into Israel, so I'm curious why he hasn't used it himself yet.

GUILTY PLEASURES: Q magazine's Top Ten are reposted by the BBC. And thanks to Stereogum, we can listen to an explanation of how Guilty Pleasures are selected, complete with discussions and clips of David Essex, Kim Carnes, "Yacht Rock" and more.  For the record, I have never been guilty of liking Gloria Gaynor.

MOUNTAIN GOATS: Tom Breihan of the Village Voice (and sometimes P-Fork) chats with John Darnielle about his voice, playing festival dates, and comic books -- including the perennial "Man-Thing vs. Swamp Thing" question. Plus, we have a good minute of Mountaig Goats playing "Cubs In Five" and almost as much of "No Children" at the Pitchfork Festival, with decent audio.

WOLF PARADE: Spencer Krug is still shocked the band is getting attention. Inexplicably, I haven't posted much about the band, but you can stream a bunch from the Hype Machine. My pick to click would probably be "This Heart's o­n Fire.

ELVIS COSTELLO: His early catalog is going to be reissued by Universal Music again, even though it just got deluxe reissues from Rhino. Universal promises its new versions will be the "definitive reissues."

SUFJAN STEVENS compares himself to the Romantics in an interview with London's Telegraph. No, not the band that did "What I Like About You."

THE FIRST HOUR OF MTV: Ken King told me it recently ran o­n VH1, but you can watch it o­n line via MTV Overdrive.

DRUM IT UP, FUZZBALL: StarWars.com interviews Chris Vrenna, the Grammy-winner who played drums as Chewbacca for Gnarls Barkley's spot at this year's MTV Movie Awards. BONUS: Yet another cover of the smash Gnarls hit "Crazy," this time by The Raconteurs.

MAD MEL UPDATE: In the wake of his anti-Semitic outburst during the DUI arrest (for which he has now been charged with a misdemeanor), Gibson has been invited to speak at the Temple of the Arts -- the largest entertainment industry synagogue in the US -- o­n Yom Kippur, the Jewish day of atonement. Rabbi David Baron told TMZ that some members of the congregation were skeptical, believing Gibson was an absolute anti-Semite, to which the Rabbi responded, "Better a repentant anti-Semite than an unrepentant anti-Semite." Meanwhile, the Gallery of the Absurd has a Gibson bumper-sticker and jokes.

THE McCARTNEYS: Lady McCartney will be dropping the title... and probably the last name, after the divorce. Sir Paul, meanwhile, is about to be a grandfather again. And yes, in my head, "grandfather" is pronounced with the heavy Liverpudlian accent of A Hard Day's Night.

CHRSTIE BRINKLEY BREAK-UPDATE: The Uptown Girl had a face-to-face confrontation with her philandering husband, though sans wedding ring. She even managed to up her favorable press by giving popsicles to a NYDN photog stationed outside the couple's Hamptons home.

DAVE NAVARRO and CARMEN ELECTRA BREAK-UPDATE: Dennis Rodman thinks it's his fault.

XTINA AGUILLERA loves having sex with her husband in public places, which suggests that someday, everyone o­n the Internet will be enjoying it with her.

TOMMY LEE claims he is a stricter patent than his ex, Pam Anderson. I'm thinking that's not the highest bar to clear.

ELLEN DeGENERES is terrified she may lose partner Portia De Rossi to a man, according to the ever-reliable National Enquirer. Ellen is a woman? Well, that explains a few things, though her dancing with Tom Cruise remains inexplicable.

TOM-KAT UPDATE: Don't let Cruise get too close to you, lest he give you the excruciating "high crotch" maneuver.

LINDSAY LOHAN has been summoned for testimony in her mom Dina's court battle over a music deal.

NOT-SO-BLIND ITEMS: Page Six asks "which tabloid TV producer spread a false story that his beautiful entertainment reporter is dating a muscular movie star?" The column also asks "which hunky actor who o­nce picked up a young man and brought him back to the Mercer Hotel for oral sex is now hanging out with a top athlete?" Have the folks at Page Six asked D-Listed? BTW, the Mercer hotel has come up in other blind items.

SHERYL CROW is back in the dating pool, thanks to Courteney Cox-Arquette. Crow told larry King she finds it "terrifying," which is sure to make that blind date comfy.

VAUGHNISTON: Speaking of Crow and Cox-Arquette, Aniston has reportedly turned to them after allegedly calling off her marriage to Vaughn.

JENNIFER LOVE HEWITT and her boyfriend manage to dress alike even more strangely than Keira Knightley and Rupert Friend. Turn those shirts down a little, okay?

EDU-BLOGGING: The Ferris Wheel edition of the Carnival of Education is o­nline. And to know me is to know I love a carnival!

IRAQ: US casualties fell in July, as they have every month since April, when The New York Times was eager to suggest a trend of increased casualties. The paper has never reported the declining trend in May, June and July. Maj. Gen. Richard C. Zilmer talked to the press about difficulties building up Iraqi forces in Anbar province, though Fallujah and Qaim are calmer. At ITM, Mohammed talks about the propaganda of the Arab media regarding Iraq and elsewhere, especially the exploitation of the Qana tragedy. Indeed, YouTube has clips like this Al-Jazeera segment, where, starting at the 1:30 mark, you can see workers set down a body for an international photo op. And Human Rights Watch put the death toll in Qana at 28, below the official Lebanese figure of 54 dead.

MIDEAST CONFLICT: Does Hezbollah's record rocket attack signal the groups resilience, or -- coming after a day with a a measly ten attacks and a bold commando raid o­n Hezbollah leaders -- is the latest rocket barrage part of a propaganda effort? At Dean's World, Aziz rounds up the arguments that Israel has lost the war, while Ron Coleman offers arguments that Israel is winning. At ThreatsWatch, Steve Scippert argues that Hezbollah is o­n the ropes, with interesting feedback. Michael J. Totten posts some small encouraging signs for Lebanon.

WILD BUFFALO have taken over Fort Providence in the Northwest Territories of Canada, rubbing siding off houses, knocking down fences, kicking dogs and trucks, and scaring children off playgrounds.

BARNEY THE DOBERMAN has ripped apart Elvis Presley's teddy bear. And tigers play too rough?

NOISY COCKATOOS cause their owners to leave the town of Summerville, SC.

BOYS CATCH A FIVE-FOOT GATOR... in Montana! Those gators get around o­n those short little legs.

FIGHTING MONKEYS WITH MONKEYS: In an effort to keep monkeys out of the New Delhi subways, authorities have called in langur monkeys -- o­ne of the few animals known to scare the local monkeys.

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New Eric Bachmann and Yo La Tengo, MTV Turns 25, Bill Berry Turns 48, and more..   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, August 02, 2006 - 08:00 AM
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THE CONCERT FOR BANGLADESH -- actually two benefit concerts held o­n the afternoon and evening of August 1, 1971 -- organized by George Harrison to help Bengali refugees, was commemorated with a plaque in Madison Square Garden's "Walk of Fame." It is the first concert so honored at MSG. Here's an outtake from the film of the concert of Harrison and Bob Dylan playing the latter's "If Not For You." You can find the whole concert o­n YouTube, along with a clip of Harrison talking to Dick Cavett about selecting the group to which the proceeds were to be donated.

BOB DYLAN and YUSUF ISLAM (f/k/a Cat Stevens) did phone interventions with Welsh (to Nashville) singer-songwriter Cerys Matthews that prompted her to kick heroin.

PITCHFORK FEST REVIEWS poured out o­n Tuesday, from regular press outlets like Rolling Stone, the Village Voice and Live Daily. In the blogosphere, YANP has added reviews, pics and MP3s of Destroyer, Art Brut, the Mountain Goats, and Band of Horses. Skatterbrain did the same for Tapes N' Tapes and Jens Lekman. Marathon Packs has a two-parter that includes a visit to the third stage Ken and I passed o­n, and nice pics of Mission of Burma and Spoon. There's yet another roundup at Fluxblog, which may be o­ne of the first MP3 blogs. Interesting, differing opinions -- except that virtually everyone thought it was frickin' hot and that Art Brut rawked (both true).

ERIC BACHMANN, formerly of Archers of Loaf and Crooked Fingers, has not o­nly been living in his van, but has also recorded his first solo LP, To the Races, primarily in a hotel room at North Carolina's Outer Banks. You can stream two advance tracks via the Hype Machine.

YO LA TENGO: Pitchfork notes the band has another new track posted for downloading from the upcoming I Am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your A**. It's a bit more like the typical Yo La Tengo sound than the leaked tracks I linked o­n Monday.

VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR: I forgot to mention that yesterday was MTV's 25th anniversary. Heather Browne remembered by posting the song that launched the channel -- both the original by The Buggles and a cover by The Presidents of the United States of America. I'll make up for my lapse by linking the original Buggles video and a clip of the first time they played it live... in 2004. A beefier take o­n the tune, too. And because it's o­ne of Pate frontman Jon Pratt's favorite ditties ever, I give you the original MTV promo bumper and a longer version.

THE PIPETTES trash talk Razorlight, Dirty Pretty Things, Pete Doherty and the Kooks in a new radio interview. Which is another excuse for me to remind you to listen to the ladies via the Hype Machine.

SWAN LAKE is the name of a Canadian collaboration featuring Dan Bejar (New Pornographers, Destroyer), Carey Mercer (Frog Eyes), and Spencer Krug (Wolf Parade, Sunset Rubdown).

BILL BERRY: The former R.E.M. drummer's birthday was celebrated at Timedoor by posting two solo tracks released under the name Thirteen-One-Eleven, streamable from the Hype Machine.

GORILLA VS. BEAR: Dallas music blogger Chris Cantalini was profiled by o­ne of his local TV stations, WFAA. You can stream his blog from the Hype Machine.

MAD MEL UPDATE: While Disney exec Oren Aviv seems to forgive the anti-Semitic outburst that accompanied Gibson's DUI arrest, Disney's ABC has canceled a development deal Gibson's company o­n a non-fiction TV mini-series about the Holocaust. Nikki Finke quotes a trusted source as claiming that the outburst, like driving 94 m.p.h, was part of a death wish arising from his alcoholism (which doesn't mean he didn't mean it, imho). Gibson issued a second apology directy addressing his anti-Semitic comments and asking to meet with Jewish leaders for a "one-on-one discussion" to find "the appropriate path for healing." I hope Gibson will redeem himself or reap what he has sown. In the meantime, I will still be amused by the lovely photos of Mel before the bust.  As a side note, I observe that those calling for a Gibson boycott have not made similar calls for folks like Susan Sarandon to boycott activities with Cindy Sheehan, who has made similar comments. I also note that Oscar-winner Paul Haggis may be directing a 9/11-themed movie, yet Tinseltown does not care that Haggis spent a weekend speaking at a rally for International A.N.S.W.E.R., a group that is clearly anti-Israel and gives a platform to anti-Semites and 9/11 conspiracy theorists like Muslim cleric Abdul Malim Musa. Third, Hollywood's criticism of Gibson does not address the clearly misogynistic epithet he hurled at a female cop during the arrest, perhaps because anyone who did so would have to face the ways in which Hollywood routinely exploits women.

AXL ROSE became ill during a Guns 'N' Roses concert at London's Wembley Arena, after being diagnosed with low blood pressure and low blood sugar earlier that day. Former Skid Row frontman Sebastian Bach took Rose's place to complete the concert.

BOY GEORGE will be sweeping up garbage o­n the streets of NYC as part of his sentence for falsely reporting a break-in at his Little Italy loft last fall (with the police noticing cocaine there while investigating the phony crime). The Boy hinted he might report for duty wearing a bright yellow Big Bird outfit.

THE FRENCH HOTEL is back with her ex-boyfriend, Greek shipping heir Stavros Niarchos -- at least for now.

TOM-KAT UPDATE: Rumors of the couple having some sort of Scientology ritual are fueled by reports that they have twice visited L.A.'s Scientology Celebrity Centre as it has become covered in tents and outdoor chandeliers.

LINDSAY LOHAN: New boyfriend Harry Morton is reportedly a good influence o­n Lohan, because his half-sister -- model turned bounty hunter Domino Harvey -- died around this time last year of what was largely suspected to be a drug overdose.

KATE HUDSON: Life imitates You, Me and Dupree as the actress confesses she's a little tired of her husband Chris Robinson's friends flashing her when they visit her house.

WILL FARRELL and JOHN C. REILLY interview each other for Moviefone and AOL to promote their Talladega Nights.

THE DARK KNIGHT: Heath Ledger is signed to play the Joker in the next Bat-movie. I hope they make up for it by casting Philip Seymour Hoffman as the Penguin.

THE TOP 50 MOVIE ENDINGS, according to FilmCritic.com.

KEIRA KNIGHTLEY and RUPERT FRIEND remind me that couples who dress alike often give me the willies. I would have spotted them the shirt and pants... but the hats and sunglasses?

IRAQ: The AP's usually pessimistic Antonio Casteneda delivers a semi-optimistic report o­n conditions in Fallujah, including a rare description of reconstruction efforts there. FOX's Steve Harrigan reports that Iraqi forces in Fallujah have improved, though his report is not as rah-rah as the network's rep would suggest. Sgt. R.J. Mitchell will receive the Navy Cross for saving five other Marines during a gun battle in Fallujah in 2004. Though the story ran o­n the AP wire, it looks like the story was published o­nly by press in Iowa and the L.A. Times.

MIDEAST CONFLICT: At the Counterterrorism Blog, Bill Roggio maps out Israel's expansion of the ground campaign, while Jeffrey Imm notes that CNN has included a group reported to have disturbing links to Jihadism in its list of "aid groups" to assist civilians in the "Mideast crisis." Regarding the Qana bombing, a Lebanese Christian website claims Hezbollah brought invalid children inside the building after using it as a rocket launching site, but such a group presumably has a bias. More significant (imho) is the fact that the Red Cross reported that 28 corpses were evacuated -- about half of the Lebanese number that was reported without question in much of the media. Egyptian blogger Sam asked his co-workers "some slightly uncomfortable questions" about the conflict and got some uncomfortable answers.

EUROPE'S ROLE: European Union foreign ministers have called for an end to hostilities in southern Lebanon, but not an immediate ceasefire between Israel and Hezbollah. What that means is that the UK blocked the other EU countries from calling for the latter. Which does not surprise me. The observations of Ron Rosenbaum, author of Explaining Hitler, o­n Europe's attitudes toward Israel and Jews generally in 2002, and updated in light of Iran's nuke drive, seem equally applicable here. Historian and Guardian columnist Timothy Garton Ash further writes that while Europe's history does not require uncritical solidarity with whatever the current government of Israel chooses to do, "(h)ow Europeans speak and write about the position of the Jews in the region to which Europeans drove them is also a matter of our own self-definition."

A BABY GATOR turned up on a woman's porch in Lexington, KY. But the woman will not be adopting it.

A DOG in a sweater speaks out. And it ain't pretty.

A BAND OF BABOONS had to be restrained from heckling workers renovating the primate enclosure at a safari park near Liverpool.

A MAN IS ACCUSED of biting the head off his own rooster. I'm sure there's a punchline there.

SNAKES o­n A PLANE? Not yet, but they are thriving near the Eelde airfield in Drenthe, Holland.

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Roger McGuinn, Rare U2 and Beatles, Richard Thompson, and the Llamas of War   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, August 01, 2006 - 08:55 AM
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ROGER McGUINN, the leader and guitar maestro of the Byrds, talks to PopMatters about preserving folk music through the Folk Den Project, a catalogue of traditional folk songs he and his wife have recorded and uploaded to his website for over a decade, liking Wilco and the Fountains of Wayne, what's new about a Byrds box coming in August, various genres he helped pioneer, and more. There's a YouTube video of McGuinn playing "Eight Miles High" -- backed by former Wilcoite Jay Bennett and others -- at the end of the interview, but the vocal performance is not among his best (even for 1997), so you may want to check out earlier Byrds clips like the live vocal version of "Mr. Tambourine Man" and the truncated-for-TV version of "Chestnut Mare" from the Beat Club.

PRINCE: Page Six claims that his divorce may be related to the inordinate amount of time he's spending with his new protégé, Tamar.

U2 was bootlegged by fans lurking outside a villa in the south of France. Reportedly, o­ne of the songs appears to be a Strokes number.

PITCHFORK FEST RECAPS: YANP posted a rave review and nice pics of Man Man. There are also two more general recaps posted at Chicagoist that seem largely in line with the recap I did Monday (though I'm now regretting not getting closer to the Futureheads). It turns out I wasn't the o­nly o­ne who thought about buying concert shirts just to change out of the inevitable sweat-soaking of the shirt worn to the fest.

HALFTIME REPORT: A "best of 2006 so far" is streaming from NPR's All Songs Considered.

THE MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS nominees are announced. After noting that "video" comes before "music" in the title, I'll quote Art Brut (who are not nominated, natch): "Popular culture no longer applies to me." Gnarls Barkley and the RHCP are about the best they offer this year.

RICHARD THOMPSON talks to the Cambridge Evening News about his son Teddy, indie labels vs. the majors, his two versions of Britney Spears' "Oops, I Did It Again," among other things. Watch RT play "Mingus Eyes" o­n Austin City Limits via YouTube. BONUS: YouTube also has what looks like an RT home recording of "1952 Vincent Black Lightning." And since it's o­ne of Sylvia Hauser's favorites (and mine), I throw in bluegrass legend Del McCoury's award-winning version of "1952 VBL" at no cost to you whatsoever.

PINK FLOYD are rumored to be considering a reunion concert in memorial to former guitarist Syd Barrett, who died earlier this month. We had multi-media coverage of Syd's death, in case you missed it.

CRACKER played the World Cafe last Friday; you can stream the set from NPR now.

JAMES BROWN UPDATE: Bloomberg reports that The Godfather of Soul is seeking a 25.2 million dollar loan through Royal Bank of Scotland in connection with his suit against David Pullman, who issued so-called "Bowie Bonds" based o­n JB's future royalty stream.

THE FAB FOUR: Sadly, the He's A Whore blog -- which offered Part1 of an alternate White Album -- is being discontinued; best wishes to the blogger. However, Heather Browne of I Am Fuel, You Are Friends has posted some rarities, which you can stream from the Hype Machine at July 20.

PETE DOHERTY-KATE MOSS UPDATE: The supposedly sober supermodel, who tops Vanity Fair's best-dressed list this year, has invited the troubled singer o­n a dream holiday in Bali -- if he kicks drugs. Sorta like a game show!


MAD MEL UPDATE: As Hollywood debates Gibson's future following his anti-Semitic remarks during a DUI arrest (with a cameo from agent Ari Emanuel -- the inspiration for Jeremy Piven's character o­n HBO's Entourage), Gibson entered a rehab program. TMZ scored another scoop with a report that Gibson has been stopped for reckless driving two other times in Malibu, but was allowed to leave without a ticket or arrest.

FAILING UPWARD: PopWatch at EW starts with Colin Farrell as an example of someone whose gossipworthiness kept getting him bigger roles despite repeated box office flops, but there are others...

CAMBERLAKE: The UK's Daily Record claims that Justin Timberlake and Cameron Diaz looked happy and relaxed as they put rumors of a rift behind them with a day of surfing in Hawaii. The pictures tell a different story.

BRADGELINA: Trans-Atlantic TV presenter Graham Norton thinks that Jolie is "thick as a plank." Meanwhile, scientists suggest that the couple was in the grip of evolutionary forces that made it almost inevitable that their child would be a girl.

THE 50 TOP COMEDIES OF ALL TIME are the subject of a slideshow at Premiere magazine's website. But they go in chronological order to avoid controversy, which partially defeats the controversy-provoking function of such a list.

LINDSAY LOHAN reacted to a scathing letter from the studio head of her latest movie detailing her lack of professionalism by heading to Vegas for more partying. TMZ has the video. However, the young diva's laziness caused Island Records to drop her in the UK.

KEIRA KNIGHTLEY: Her distinctive jaw has a blog. Who knew?

ASHLEE SIMPSON: Marie Claire magazine -- and its readers -- are slamming her for extolling the virtues of appreciating o­ne’s body as it is — right before she got a nose job.

EVA LONGORIA thinks the Desperate Housewives could use some hot lesbian action, though I note she did not include her character in that scenario. NTTAWWT.

ACTORS DON'T GOT BACK: At Slate the Explainer column looks at the exciting world of butt doubles.

INSIDE THE ACTORS STUDIO: My Dad has recently discovered the James Lipton interview show o­n Bravo, which used to be pretty stuffy, but now interviews The Simpsons.

IRAQ: Newsweek hasa remarkably balanced (for Newsweek piece from Ramadi, where the Marines are employing different tactics against the insurgency. I would quibble, however, with Scott Johnson's assertion that "Iraq these days doesn't get any worse than Ramadi," as I think folks in Baghdad would beg to differ. Iraq's top Shiite cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, has warned that the Muslim world will not forgive countries which stand in the way of a ceasefire between Israel and Hezbollah, a statement probably influenced in part by competition with Moktada-al-Sadr. Hezbollah head Nasrallah is close to the Sadr family, as well as to prominent clerics in Iran.

MIDEAST CONFLICT: While the appearance of a familiar face and the seemingly impossible speed with which a sophistiated banner attacking Sec. of State Rice over the Qana bombing raised further questions over whether the aftermath was staged, Bill Roggio suggests that the bad PR from the air war is just part of why Israel may suffer a strategic defeat in the conflict (disregard Sun Tzu at your peril). Should Hezbollah "win," Walid Jumblatt -- the leader of the Druze in Lebanon -- believes the terror group will try to seize total control of Lebanon. Sayed Ali, a cleric in the Hezbollah stronghold of Tyre, agrees that Hezbollah would settle the score with the Lebanese politicians. However, Lebanon's internal politics may yet break in the other direction. ALSO: Dilbert offers a solution for the root cause of the Mideast conflict.

IRAN, meanwhile cannot seem to decide whether it will emerge stronger — or unexpectedly weakened by the conflict. Analysts and former government officials say that Iran has focused o­n trying to preserve Hezbollah’s influence and deterrence capability. Even so, Candian intell from dissidents suggests Tehran may be girding for a wider war. The Iran Policy Committee claims to have intell o­n the location of a roadside bomb factory in Tehran that manufactures IEDs for shipment to Iraq. Henry Kissinger offers thoughts about the next steps for the US, UK, France, Germany, Russia and China in dealing with Iran.

EVEN LLAMAS are drawn into the Mideast conflict.

HOLLIE THE COLLIE survives a month trapped in a well, despite being unable to bark for help.

A PIGEON brought Denmark's public transportation to a standstill, but did not live to tell the tale.

WIENER DOG narrowly escapes becoming a hotdog.

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