DAVID BOWIE and MARIANNE FAITHFULL duet on "I Got You, Babe," circa 1980. It's definitiely not Groundhog Day.
WHAT'S NEW PUSSYCATS? Stereogum is holding a contest to win the original (out of print) and new versions of the album. You can stream the Walkmen's remake of the Harry Nilsson classic, too.
SAVE THE ALBUM: insound is running a campaign with videos of the Mountain Goats' John Darnielle, The Decemberists' Colin Meloy, Devendra Banhart and more, all talking about their favorite albums. Banhart wears face paint; Meloy wears a fake mustache.
THE NEW PORNOGRAPHERS frontman Carl Newman is still waiting for the critical backlash to start. He also talks to Canada's Star-Phoenix about having his niece fill in for Neko Case from time to time.
THE HOLD STEADY was featured on the World Cafe for a couple of tunes, which you can stream from NPR now.
WHAT'S NEXT FOR CBGB? Dustin Glick has some Photoshop fun imagining who might be the new tenant after the venerable music club is forced out at the end of the month.
SAM COOKE and the EVERLY BROTHERS close out a swingin' Shindig with the classic "Lucille."
ROBERT CHRISTGAU, the self-proclaimed "Dean of American Rock Critics," talks to PopMatters on a variety of topics, but the most interesting part may be how little has changed since his early pieces from 1969 and 1970.
PANIC! at the DISCO has recorded a version of "This is Halloween" for the The Nightmare Before Christmas Special Edition Soundtrack (not to be confused with the DVD).
TOM WAITS: There are now three free MP3s for download from his upcoming Orphans multi-disc set posted at the Anti- website.
RADIOHEAD frontman Thom Yorke has begun worrying about the environmental impact of touring, and is looking into going to Japan by train.
PETE DOHERTY-KATE MOSS UPDATE: The grandfather of the supposedly sober supermodel's only daughter has hit out at the troubled singer, fearing that the four-year-old will be exposed to drugs.
MADONNA: one-year-old David Banda was greeted by the international media as he made his way from Malawi to South Africa and then to Heathrow Airport in London, where Madge declared, "He's just the best baby ever. Guy and I have never been happier." Which will be great news to her son Rocco and daughter Lourdes. Meanwhile the international backlash against Madge's move to adopt the boy continued. Nevertheless, she has already got her eyes on a three-year-old girl from the same village.
WESLEY SNIPES jumps out of the "Where Are They Now?" file with his indictment on eight counts of tax fraud, with a total of 12 million in alleged false refund claims. What some people won't do for attention.
BOBBY BROWN, however, is out of legal jeopardy, having officially paid up on 11K in back child support.
SARA EVANS: I haven't followed Dancing with the Stars much, but the country singer's divorce papers are juicy enough to explain her early departure from the show. ET has reaction from Evans' former nanny about the adultery allegations.
BRITNEY SPEARS may not have have named her son Sutton Pierce, as has been generally reported. The Celeb Baby Blog claims the boy's real name is Jayden James. Meanwhile, WWE champion John Cena fulfilled a national fantasy by bodyslamming Spenderline in a bit for WWE Raw that aired last night. Cena also got to yell, "You're less talented than Paris Hilton!" Now that hurts.
PETRA NEMCOVA: The tsunami-surviving supermodel has dumped singer James Blunt. Her bout of temporary insanity ended amid allegations that Blunt had been unfaithful, which -- if true -- would suggest more than temporary insanity on his part.
DENISE RICHARDS and CHARLIE SHEEN managed to behave civilly to each other on a family outing that included Sheen's new girlfriend. Meanwhile, Richards admits she sleeps with five dogs -- one less than when she was with Sheen.
LINDSAY LOHAN wants to get married before she's 30. No word on how many times.
ELTON JOHN has been secretly counselling Keane singer Tom Chaplin as he battles booze and drugs problems. He also counseled Donatella Versace, Robbie Williams and Pete Doherty. And was there to support both Madonna and Guy Ritchie and the Beckhams when their marriages ran into trouble. The man really needs a reality TV show.
ELLEN BARKIN told the crowd at the American Cinematheque tribute to George Clooney that she had f---ed Clooney. A rep for Barkin insisted the actress "was just goofing around. It was a roast. She was being funny." Yes, she was. NTTAWWT.
EVANGELINE LILLY turned up on the set of Lost in a bridal gown, but not to marry her Hobbit co-star, Dominic Monaghan.
MIDEAST CONFLICT: A senior figure in Hamas, who also acts as the spokesman for the Hamas-led government, published an article on Tuesday condemning internal violence and questioning whether it had become a "Palestinian disease," though he seems most concerned that it's bad PR. Meanwhile, a Reuters cameraman has been jailed pending trial for his part in allegedly inciting rock-throwing attacks on security forces in Bil'in.
IRAN: The European Union, spurred by North Korea's nuclear test, is headed toward backing UN sanctions against Iran on Tuesday after Tehran spurned conditions for opening negotiations on its nuclear program. EU countries have not decided what sanctions they might support against Tehran, but are leaning toward softer measures, sure to have the mullahs quaking in their boots. Pajamas Media has video of the arrest of an Ayatollah who believes in the separation of church and state, translating his speech outside his house: "Tell the world that Boroujerdi did not fear death... He defended an Islam which promotes love and kindness not the Islam that these lot advocate which has brought poverty, corruption, prostitution, addiction..."
IRAQ: The US military has arrested Sheikh Mazen Al Saedi, the head of Muqtada al-Sadr's offices in the western Baghdad neighborhood of Karkh, part of a series of of raids in Baghdad and Diwaniyah designed to erode Sadr's power base. Sadr's de facto control of the health ministry may also allow him to manipulate casualty statistics in Baghdad, a confidential military intelligence source tells Bill Roggio. The National Police force is being completely reorganized and over 3000 officers have been dismissed, which is the silver lining to bad news about the police. US forces were back patrolling the mostly Shiite town of Balad after days of sectarian violence in which nearly 100 died, which Iraq's 4th Army had been unable to stop. Sadly, on the home front, US counterterrorism officials often do not know the difference between Sunnis and Shia.
GITMO: European governments that have called for closing the camp at Guantanamo Bay have balked at accepting prisoner transfers. I think the Euro spelling for that would be p-o-s-e-u-r.
MAURAUDING GANGS of BABOONS have gotten so bad that monitoring teams have been deployed to keep the animals away in suburbs of Cape Town, South Africa. Ooh ooh ooh, they wanna be like you-oo-oo...
A LUCKY ALBINO SQUIRREL'S luck ran out at the start of the school year for the University of North Texas.
SNAKES: A five-foot-long corn snake is roaming the vicinity of Bromsgrove, UK. A live python was found in a box in a taxi in Mthatha, South Africa.
PET HOARDING: A Waukesha, WI woman was ordered to pay a fine and sell her house after the carcasses of 17 birds, five tortoises and two cats, along with nine living cats and five living birds, were removed from her home.
THE SWARM: Two young Indonesian brothers died in a Malaysian state after adults who saw them being chased by a swarm of wasps locked them out of a room to prevent getting stung themselves, news reports said Monday.