THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS adds 25 selections to the National Recording Registry, including: "Oh, Pretty Woman," Roy Orbison (1964); "Tracks of My Tears," Smokey Robinson and the Miracles (1965); "Thriller," Michael Jackson (1982); "Call it Stormy Monday but Tuesday is Just As Bad," T-Bone Walker (1947) and more...
DESTROYER: Dan Bejar talks to the Calgary Herald, revealing a blase attitude toward a four-star review in Rolling Stone.
THE BLACK KEYS played DC's 9:30 Club the other night, so you can stream the gig and an interview on demand now via NPR.
BLONDIE drummer Clem Burke talks to Pitchfork about a deluxe reissue and two solid months of special shows on both sides of the Atlantic celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Parallel Lines album.
CASTANETS: Ray Raposa did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter, three of which are previously unreleased.
NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS bring "More News From Nowhere" from the "Dig, Lazarus Dig!" album. Possibly mildly NSFW.
OKKERVIL RIVER frontman Will Scheff talks to Tiny Mix Tapes about the band's higher profile, touring, and doing things that seem like horrible ideas.
NEIL YOUNG plans to finally release his comprehensive "Archives" of music, videos and other material dating back to 1963 on a series of interactive Blu-ray discs. And he's got a promo video for it.
LAURA VEIRS answers five questions for Muzzle of Bees.
BON IVER: The Mps City Pages allows Justin Vernon to vent about doing inteview after interview as "that guy with the cabin."
JESSICA SIMPSON reportedly went binge drinking on the day that ex-bf John Mayer went public with Jennifer Ansiton. The pneumatic blonde's rep denies that she has split from Dalls Cowbows QB Tony Romo. E!'s Marc Malkin reports that Romo will be Simpson's date when little sister Ashlee marries Pete Wentz this weekend.
JEN & JOHN, meanwhile, were... wait for it... caught canoodling backstage at a mayer concert in Orlando, FL.
BRADGELINA: Jolie confirms she is carrying twins in an interview with the "Today" show's Natalie Morales.
BRITNEY SPEARS has sparked fresh pregnancy rumors after she was snapped cradling her swollen-looking stomach on a shopping trip, though she has been snapped smoking near her Los Angeles home.
AMY WINEHOUSE & PETE DOHERTY, in a scene recalling the famous face-off moment in Alien vs Predator, were snapped pressed up against each other for a goodnight kiss outside Winehouse's Camden pad the other night. Winehouse can breathe a sigh of relief; she won't be charged by police for a drug video that allegedly shows her using a crack pipe.
SCARLETT JOHANSSON & PENELOPE CRUZ are set to steam up screens with a racy scene, set in a red-tinted photography dark room, which features in Woody Allen's upcoming release Vicky Cristina Barcelona. The women later have a menage a trois with Oscar winning actor Javier Bardem, who is Penelope's real life boyfriend. We already have a trailer.
HALLE BERRY is denying she's engaged to her boyfriend and baby daddy Gabriel Aubry, despite sporting a diamond ring on her left hand at an event over the weekend.
KATE HUDSON is denying she's engaged to Owen Wilson. Indeed, E! and People claim the duo is dunzo and quite the bad break-up at that.
JODIE FOSTER has ended her 14-year lesbian relationship with film producer Cydney Bernard, just four months after she broke her silence about the relationship, which was long an open secret in movie circles.
GYLLENSPOON have "been talking marriage for a while," a source close to Reese reveals to OK! magazine.
MADONNA, following the lead of Oprah Winfrey, is making a "huge investment" in a girls' school in Malawi. Madge's investment plans come on the eve of a court ruling which is expected to grant her full custody of two-year-old David Banda.
MAXIM'S HOT 100 for 2008 is out with Sport Illustrated cover girl Marisa Miller in the top slot. The full photoset is online. Miller was followed by Scarlett Johansson, Jessica Biel, Eva Longoria Parker, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Elisha Cuthbert, Eva Mendes, Christina Aguilera, Lindsay Lohan and Ashley Tisdale in the top 10. There are some very wrong choices as well as rankings. The inclusion of barely legals from the cast of High School Musical at the expense of women like Katherine Heigl and Natalie Portman has a faint whiff of creepy. And Britney Spears at No. 19? Have they been in a coma for a year?
ROBERT RAUSCHENBERG, pioneer of pop art, Monday of heart failure at his Florida home; he was 82.
NANOTECH: A new technique in paint making could soon make almost any surface germ-free.
LEBANON: The US-backed Cabinet on Wednesday reversed measures against Hezbollah that set off Lebanon's worst violence since the 1975-90 civil war. The decision was a major victory for the Iranian-allied Hezbollah and the latest sign that the Shiite militant group appeared to have gained the upper hand in the country's political power struggle after its fighters routed supporters of the government.
IRAQ: Prime Minister al-Maliki took personal charge Wednesday of a military operation to rout AQI in Mosul, which the US describes as the terror group's last major stronghold, even as a tenuous cease-fire took hold over Baghdad's Sadr City slum. US troops went from house to house on Wednesday in Baghdad's Shiite stronghold looking for bombs and arms ahead of an Iraqi army deployment in line with a new truce, witnesses and officials said. An eight-year-old girl strapped with explosives has blown up and killed an Iraqi army captain near Youssifiyah, south of Baghdad.
COLBY the LAB loves the sidecar of a 1957 Chang Jiang 750 motorcycle. Let's go to the video.
SNAKE MAN escapes from his Austrian jail cell by squeezing through a food hatch in the door.
POLAR BEARS were declared a threatened species Wednesday because of the loss of Arctic sea ice, but the Interior Department also cautioned the decision should not be viewed as a path to address global warming. It turns out that the North Pole is becoming warmer and that the South Pole is becoming colder.
GIANT BEETLES - some the size of a child's hand - were seized by customs agents in Philly from an overseas package after postal workers heard the insects making scratching noises.
GIANT PANDAS at China's most famous panda park, the Wolong centre, were safe and well following a huge earthquake that struck the area, state press said Tuesday.