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Paul Weller, Phonograph, Martha Wainwright, Henri the Cat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, May 29, 2008 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


PAUL WELLER: The former Jam master and Style Councillor asks, "Have You Made Up Your Mind?"

PHONOGRAPH bring their brand of Americana to Daytrotter for the four free songs thing, one previously unreleased.

BON IVER: Justin Vernon talks to Pitchfork about his personal code of conduct, couch-surfing past, favorite quotes, Fleetwood Mac and more...

MARTHA WAINWRIGHT's latest album, I Know You're Married But I've Got Feelings Too, is streaming in full via MuchMusic.

R.E.M. axeman Peter Buck talks to the Examiner about laying down the law to his bandmantes before making the Accelerate album:  "Everybody knew I wasn't happy, and I wanted everyone to understand that I had absolutely no interest in making records the way we'd been doing it, like we were making an Eagles album or something. So I said, ‘If we don't make a great record, I'm not doing this anymore.'"

WE FIVE were on my mind when I woke up this morning, introduced by no less than Fred Astaire.

THE FAVORITE 100 ALBUMS of the 1970's, as picked by the staff at Pitchfork, with many shocking omissions.

BEN FOLDS talks to DC's Express about his upcoming album: "The new record is just like an explosion - it's a pretty full-on record," he said. "There's a lot of energy and I thought we kind of captured the live show for the first time (in the studio)."

VASHTI BUNYAN talks to Crawdaddy about about her early success, her long period in her own blissfully self-imposed exile, and her heartening revival.

JELLO BIAFRA made a second career as an anti-censorship advocate, but is now calling for the censorship of insane radio talk show host Michael Savage.

ASHLEE SIMPSON & PETE WENTZ officially admit she is knocked up.

JESSICA SIMPSON & TONY ROMO are reportedly back together, on the condition that creepy dad-manager Joe leave them alone' and stifle his tendency to tell Romo how to run his life, career and endorsement deals.

BRITNEY SPEARS could get some songwriting help from Johnny Rotten, who feels sorry for the pop wreck.

MILEY CYRUS: A photo of Hannah Montana's first kiss could be worth between 30K and 150K, depending on who she kisses.

MADONNA & GUY RITCHIE's adoption of David Banda has been officially approved, more than a year and a half after the duo picked up the boy at an orphanage in Malawi.

GEORGE CLOONEY has broken up with Sarah Larson after nearly a year of dating.  Clooney reportedly moved out of his LA home while the 29-year-old former Las Vegas cocktail waitress removed her belongings.

CSI COACHELLA: Gary Dourdan pleaded guilty to two of the felony drug possession charges against him and won't have to serve any jail time.

R. KELLY TRIAL: The young girl who allegedly appears in a sex video with R. Kelly visited the R&B star's recording studio regularly, did her homework there and once brought an overnight bag, Kelly's former personal assistant testified Tuesday.

ALLY SHEEDY is divorcing actor David Lansbury, her husband of 15 years.

JULIANNE MOORE talks to The A.V. Club about crying on cue, paying the bills, and the TV shows she wishes she was on.

JACK NICHOLSON's alleged penchant for prostitutes has been outed in former co-star Debra Winger's new autobiography, Undiscovered.

ROBERT RODRIGUEZ & ROSE McGOWAN are shopping around "Women in Chains!" a violent exploitation TV series set at a woman's prison.

EARLE HAGEN, who co-wrote the jazz classic "Harlem Nocturne" and composed memorable themes for "The Andy Griffith Show," "I Spy," "The Mod Squad," "That Girl," "The Dick Van Dyke Show," "Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C." and other TV shows, has died. He was 88. Video at the link. Stream themes via the ol' HM.

IRAN's new parliamentary Speaker has used his inaugural address to give warning that Tehran could set limits on future co-operation with the UN's nuclear watchdog, after an unusually critical report from the agency.  Meanwhile, Iran and its close ally Syria have signed a new defense cooperation pact, Iranian media reported on Wednesday.

IRAQ: Newly-promoted Brig. Gen. H.R. McMaster, a senior Petraeus adviser known for leading a successful counter-insurgency effort in the Iraqi city of Tal Afar, recently gave a briefing on Iraq at AEI.  ABCNews has a look at how Prime Minister Nuri al Maliki turned his and Sadr City's fortunes around. After an absence of nearly three years, Salman Pak's three judges have returned to the bench at the city courthouse, where security conditions have improved enough that the justices have opted to come out of a self-imposed exile. The Iraqi Ministry of Interior dismissed more than 7500 police members in 2008, usually for absence, negligence, or corruption.  The "Triangle of Death" has boomeranged to become a bastion of relative peace on the edge of a violent capital, while Sunni militants remain elusive in the north. US troops do the dirty work needed to maintain the security berm in Mosul.

HENRI the CAT seems to suffer even more ennui than the typical cat.

A BEAR was spotted scoping out the pool area of the Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Studios in Florida. Hey, it's almost summer.

AN OWL is being framed in a murder case in Durham, NC.

A CROCODILE is roaming on a river in central Germany.

A "SPIRITUAL PIGEON" is accused of stealing penises in Nigeria.

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