THE WEEKEND STARTS HERE:
... with THE BEATLES! Live in Melbourne, Australia on June 17 1964, Part 1 features "I Saw Her Standing There" (partial), "You Can't Do That," "All My Loving," "She Loves You," and "Till There Was You" (partial). Part 2 features "Roll Over Beethoven" (partial), "Can't Buy Me Love," "Twist And Shout" and "Long Tall Sally."
PRINCE, MADONNA & JACKO get 50 covers apiece at Hypeful to mark their milestone birthdays.
PHANTOM PLANET (which once featured Jason Schwartzman on the throne) did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter.
THE 23 MOST ANNOYING FRONTMEN IN ROCK: A slideshow at Metromix.
A3, a/k/a Alabama 3 -- best known for "Woke Up This Morning," the theme for The Sopranos, stopped by WFUV for a chat and mini-set including that song and a cover of Joy Division classic "Love Will Tear Us Apart."
JENNY LEWIS debuts a new track, "Acid Tongue" for Deat Cab's Ben Gibbard. Because he came all the way from Seattle with those balloons.
NICOLE ATKINS is releasing an EP next week, Nicole Atkins Digs Other People's Songs. You can stream her take on The Church's "Under The Milky Way" via the Gum Drop.
JOHN PHILLIPS: The long-lost, Mick & Keith produced album Pussycat is released next week; you can stream the title track via Aquarium Drunkard.
POPCUTS: A new website is trying to make it profitable for music lovers to stay ahead of the curve - by paying them when other people purchase MP3s they've bought.
CUTOUT BIN: From the Wonders to the NSFW MC5, from Richard Hawley to the Blackbyrds, from Tommy Tutone to David Bowie covering Pink Floyd, from Eve's Plum to Buffalo Springfield to Candie Payne, the Kinks, Jayhawks and Juliana Hatfield w/ Richard Butler -- this Friday's fortuitous finds can be jukeboxed or streamed separately via the Pate page at the ol' HM.
BRITNEY SPEARS began boozing aged 13, lost her virginity at 14, then started taking drugs at 15, according to a shocking tell-all book by Mama Lynne.
NOW SHOWING: This weekend's sole wide release is Bangkok Dangerous, which is currently scoring a mere 22 percent based on a mere nine reviews for the ol' Tomatometer.
JESSICA SIMPSON & CARRIE UNDERWOOD: Another volley in their verbal cat fight.
BRADGELINA: Jolie suffering post-natal depression? Seems unlikely to me.
ALEC BALDWIN: The full New Yorker profile is online, revealing a sad and angry man.
THE CLOSER: The biggest drama on cable is eyeing a spinoff. The Closer: Miami?
TOM-KAT UPDATE: The next step in crafting Cruise's new public (and more comedic ) persona may be voicing a character in <i itxtvisited="1">Shrek 4.
BILL MELENDEZ, the animator worked on Disney films including 'Fantasia' and 'Bambi,' and Warner Bros. characters such as Bugs Bunny -- but probably best known for animating the Charlie Brown cartoons and voicing Snoopy -- died Tuesday at 91. In the spirit of an irish wake, a dance.
OUR FRIENDS, THE SAUDIS: Senior clerics debate whether to ban birthday parties.
AFGHANISTAN: US troops will step up offensive operations this winter because insurgents are increasingly staying in the country to prepare for spring attacks.
IRAQ: Pentagon leaders have recommended to Pres. Bush that the US make no further troop reductions in Iraq this year, though Gen. Petraeus recommended that at least one additional Army combat brigade -- about 3,500 troops -- be sent to Afghanistan instead of its scheduled deployment to replace a brigade leaving Iraq. The Iraqi government will take over the Sons of Iraq program in October.
A PACK OF PUPPIES downs a small child. Let's go to the video.
SNAKE on a PLANE, but not a cobra... so what's the big deal?
ROGUE EMU tazered on the Pennsylvania Turnpike.
CATS & DOGS favored over people as desert island companions.
ELEPHANT gets off the horse in Beijing. It wasn't cold turkey.