SEQUESTERED IN MUPPETS: The Hold Steady's "Sequestered In Memphis" performed by Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem, sort of. This is why Al Gore invented the Internet.
THE TING TINGS stopped by the World Cafe for a chat and mini-set you can stream via NPR.
TV on the RADIO: The band's five-year ascent is chronicled in the New York Times.
JOHN DARNIELLE & KAKI KING are collaborating on the six-song Black Pear Tree EP. You cans stream "Thank You Mario But Our Princess Is in Another Castle" via Pitchfork.
NEIL YOUNG talks to Blurt about CSNY: Déjà Vu, a film directed by Young chronicling the events of CSNY's "Freedom of Speech 2006" tour.
THE CLASH: The trailer for the "Live at Shea" DVD due in October is online now.
THE BLACK KEYS were tapped by Rick Rubin to back Billy Gibbons for a few songs on ZZ Top's next album.
REUNITED FOR THE FIRST TIME: Soul Men Steve Cropper (The MGs) and Felix Cavaliere (The Rascals) have made a new album: Nudge It Up a Notch is one of the first releases from a newly revived Stax label. NPR's Weekend Edition has a feature plus two streaming tracks.
JENNY LEWIS talks to Billboard about her upcoming, cameo-laden solo LP: "I love being flanked by hot brunettes."
TIFT MERRITT talks to Birmingham Weekly about the "blue-eyed soul" on her new album: "I don't want to be a singer/songwriter who's songs fall apart in your hands." (Thx, LHB.)
TOMMY LEE JONES is suing Paramount for over ten million he claims he is due for his work on No Country For Old Men.
WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Bangkok Dangerous "wins" the weekend with an estimated 7.8 million -- the lowest topper for at least a year, maybe the lowest since 2003's Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star. Tropic Thunder took in an estimated 7.5 million, and could conceivably end up in the top slot when the actual receipts come in. The House Bunny takes in 5.9 million, and has made about 37 million so far on a 25 million budget; if Sept. continues to be a dumping ground, the bunny may keep hopping. The Dark Knight took in another 5.7 million, with extended legs probably coming from those IMAX theaters. Traitor rounds out the Top Five with about 4.7 million.
LINDSAY LOHAN & SAMANTHA ROBINSON were... wait for it... caught canoodling on camera outside the Mercer Hotel in NYC. The couple would like to raise a baby, according to the uber-reliable News of the World.
TERI HATCHER reveals the secrets to happiness in her October column for Britain's Glamour magazine.
ASHLEE SIMPSON & PETE WENTZ are expecting twins, a pal tells E! Online.
THE McCARTNEYS: Sir Paul was subjected to a vicious smear campaign by Heather Mills during their divorce, claims a former PR aide of Mills.
SPIDER-MAN 4: Tobey Maguire and director Sam Raimi will be returning, according to Nikki Finke. She also reports that a Spider-Man 5 may be shot at the same time.
ALEC BALDWIN is an unlikeable, psychotic narcissist, according to My Name Is Earl creator/executive producer Greg Garcia.
MAD MEN is the flagship for a new golden age for television drama, according to NYDN critic David Hinckley.
IRAQ: Gen. Petraeus will hand the command of US-led forces in Iraq to Gen. Raymond Odierno on September 16. Upcoming elections and lingering tensions among Iraq's religious and ethnic groups appear behind the US military's recommendation to put the brakes on withdrawing more troops, despite improvements in security. Fatalities from IEDs, the biggest killer of US troops in Iraq, declined 78 percent over the past year.
THE SQUIRREL THREAT: A militant squirrel disrupts the White Sox-Cleveland Indians game at Progressive Field. (Thx, Dad!)
LUNA the COCKATOO has now pranked the Trenton police twice. Don't do the crime if you can't do the time.
A BLACK BEAR tries to take over a pot-growing operation in Utah. No pic-a-nic basket will be safe.
GREEN POLAR BEARS are drawing questions from puzzled visitors at a Japanese zoo. I figure they're trying to show environmental awareness.
BOBCATS have taken over a foreclosed house in Lake Elsinore, Calif. Wicked pic at the link.