MY BEST FRIEND'S GIRL used to be a staple of Pate's infamous "three-chord medley," so I thought I would pair this 1978 German TV performance from The Cars with a shambolic cover from Nirvana's last gig in 1994. As The Cars' debut LP dominated the summer and fall of 1978, I'm throwing in "Bye Bye Love," a BBC performance of "You're All I've Got Tonight" and a live "Just What I Needed" for good measure.
RADIO BIRDMAN: The Aussie proto-punks score a 7.5 on the Pitchfork: "As with the resurgent Mission of Burma, here Radio Birdman return from their long absence with all engines lit and burning, crafting an album whose astonishing force and vitality matches and at points even surpasses their vintage material..." I hooked you up with the audio and video back in June, and those links are still good.
BUILT TO SPILL frontman Doug Martsch complained to the Twin Cities' City Pages about the corporate presence at Lollapalooza -- and the general reaction to it: "That kind of stuff is depressing... that you can't have a show without Budweiser, AT&T, and all the corporations being involved. I just don't understand why people let them put their fingers into everything we do. The worse thing is that people don't give a shit. If you try to discuss it, they think there's something wrong with you, that you're being hysterical or alarmist or something." Funny, I missed the part where corporate thugs forced him to play the festival. The writer of the article, knowing this is what many will think, attempts a defense: "Sure, Built to Spill are on Warner Bros. But even Time-Warner smells like Devendra Banhart compared to the likes of AT&T." Which is not much of a defense, given that AT&T made 43.8 billion in 2005, whereas Time-Warner had to make do with 43.7 billion.
THE NEW YORK DOLLS: Brooklyn Vegan runs an interview with Sylvain Sylvain on topics including Max's Kansas City, the Morrissey-driven reunion, the new album, and Pete Doherty. And I'll refer you to the video round-up from July.
BOB DYLAN TOPS THE CHARTS for the first time in 30 years, selling almost twice as many copies of Modern Times as the new album from Jessica Simpson. Folks who read yesterday's entry already knew Simpson's number was likely to be bad. You can still see the new Dylan video with Scarlett Johansson via AOL.
SEEN YOUR VIDEO: Balancing the new wave with a little Chicago blues, I bring you Magic Sam playing "All Of Your Love" at the American Folk Blues Fest.
THE WALKMEN are remaking Harry Nilsson's PussyCats album. You can stream "Many Rivers To Cross," "Subterranean Homesick Blues" and "All My Life" at the link. (Thanks, Stereogum.)
THE HOLLIES got a little tribute in the Stypod from Stylus. You can stream the linked tracks via the Hype Machine, and check out the video round-up I posted back in July.
CRACKER played a short set for Minnesota Public Radio, which has audio and video for you.
CAT POWER: At Chromewaves, Frank has a rave review for Chan Marshall's Toronto gig, with links to photos, audio and video. He also notes that Matador is pre-emptively defending the lower-priced re-release of The Greatest. Having read it, I think that more brutal honesty would have been the better policy. As Marshall is touting her new sobriety, the label could easily have said: "The Greatest is a wonderful album that didn't get its due because Marshall had a breakdown and couldn't tour to support it -- now that she's well, we wanted to give her and a larger audience a chance to find each other."
TOM-KAT UPDATE: You can see the Tom-Kitten for free via ICYDK. Holmes is reportedly frustrated and heartbroken over the gossip surrounding her child and her family, so I'm sure she'll enjoy TMZ speculating on the baby's Asian features. Gawker took it a step further with Photoshop. Meanwhile, X17 got Holmes to say there would be a big wedding soon.
ORLANDO BLOOM and KATE BOSWORTH are are splitting up, at least until they need to promote the sequels to Pirates of the Caribbean and Superman Returns.
LINDSAY LOHAN is currently denying those engagement rumors. Her convict dad doesn't like his fellow prisoners posting her picture, so you can bet he really, really wouldn't want them posting this NSFW picture of Li-Lo getting out of a boat wearing a dress and no panties.
DENISE & HEATHER & RICHIE & CHARLIE & DAVID: Heather Locklear and David Spade are taking a break from their relationship, but remain friends, according to People.
JESSICA SIMPSON is dumped by singer-songwriter John Mayer, who thinks her unsubtle press leaks exaggerating their relationship were a desperate publicity stunt. OUCH! Meanwhile, ex-hubby Nick Lachey is bringing Vanessa Minnillo home to meet the parents. Double-ouch.
CELEBS ARE MORE NARCISSISTIC than the general population, and people with narcissistic tendencies seem to be attracted to the entertainment industry rather than the industry creating narcissists, according to a groundbreaking USC study. The kicker? A lead researcher on the study is Dr. Drew Pinsky.
MARCIA CROSS: The Desperate Housewife who married in June is pregnant. So will the lesbian rumors stop?
BEN AFFLECK: I had been planning on noting that he seems to have wised up on his won about the media focus put on his personal life hurting his career, but it turns out that focus groups for Hollywoodland didn't want to see him in the ads.
THE FRENCH HOTEL was denied entry to a MTV VMA after-party at NYC's Bungalow 8. The picture will fill you with schadenfreude.
MICHAEL DOUGLAS handles his e-mail by fax.
BRADGELINA: Model Jenny Shimizu spilled more about her one-time lesbian affair with Angelina Jolie to the Starr Secrets blog: "I even took her to dominatrix joints and she loved them all. The darker the better."
PAKISTAN is indeed a problem; the Pakistani Army's so-called truce with the Taliban in North Waziristan is in fact a surrender. All the more reason why, as noted here yesterday, US troops seem poised to pursue the Taliban from Afghanistan into Pakistan. So I'm not surprised that US troops have launched a fearsome barrage of artillery and rockets into a mountainous militant stronghold in eastern Afghanistan, along the Pakistan border. Bill Roggio also reports on Operation Medusa, which has claimed over 250 Taliban fighters in the past week.
IRAQ: At ITM, Mohammed blogs that Europe is being short-sighted in the war on terrorists, noting that Russia's historical support for Arab countries did not spare that country from jihad. Iraqi authorities hanged 27 convicted terrorists yesterday, though Agence France-Presse chose to put "terrorists" in quotes. Today, Iraq and the US military are supposed to sign an accord for handing command of Iraqi armed forces to the government. Iraq's parliament passed a law allowing private companies to import and distribute petroleum products, in a move that could end the country's severe fuel shortage.
BRITAIN provides another example of why I love polls. In a new poll, 62 percent agreed that "in order to reduce the risk of future terrorist attacks on Britain the Government should change its foreign policy, in particular by distancing itself from America, being more critical of Israel and declaring a timetable for withdrawing from Iraq." OTOH, 63 percent agree that "Muslim extremists hate democracy and the Western way of life, and if Britain's foreign policy were different they would find another excuse for their terrorist activities."
THE ISLAMIC SOCIETY of NORTH AMERICA'S annual convention had a little something for everyone, according to the BBC, which quoted Muslims unhappy with their portrayal by the media. But they have to be happy with the BBC, which neglected to report on the seminar session held at 11 a.m. last Sunday, titled "...And Beat them Lightly: An Analysis and In-Depth Discussion of Verse 4:34," by which they mean you can strike your wife, but never on the face, and don't leave a mark.
SHEEP in a SNAKE: A pregnant ewe, in fact. But it rendered the six-meter python unable to move out of the road.
SNAKE in a LOWE'S in Ocala, FL. Hard to believe it passed up the Wal-Mart.
MICE don't really like cheese, British researchers confirm.
HIPPIE DOGS are overdosing on the ganja weed in Vancouver.
AN ARKANSAS COW gives birth to triplets... for the fourth time.
SUICIDE SQUIRREL starts a 30-acre fire in East Texas. My favorite part of the story may be the picture of a squirrel with the caption: "look upon my works, ye mighty, and despair."