THE WEEKEND STARTS HERE:
...with THE TOP 80 MOVIE SONGS OF THE '80s! Almost all with Tube links, so I'll limitmyself to a few personal faves, like "Positively Lost Me" from the Rave-Ups (Pretty In Pink); the re-do of "Crying" as a duet by Roy Orbison and k.d. lang (Hiding Out); the re-do of "Pretty in Pink" by the Psychedelic Furs (Pretty In Pink), which I actually prefer to the original (it's the sax, I think -- and my link is a better version, too); Prince's "Let's Go Crazy" (Purple Rain - which is missing a link from the blog); "A Million Miles Away" by the Plimsouls (Valley Girl) and The Bangles cover of Simon & Garfunkel's "A Hazy Shade of Winter" (Less Than Zero). BONUS: Joe Jackson backed Suzanne Vega on "Left of Center" (Pretty In Pink - though he's not in the clip), which is not on the list.
THE MOUNTAIN GOATS: John Darnielle talks to the Denver Post about contemporary artists he admires. Like Amy Grant.
MINUS THE BEAR stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set you can stream on demand via MPR.
ALBERT HAMMOND, JR.: The sometime Stroke did a Lillywhite Session you can stream on demand via NPR.
STEVIE WONDER is kinda homeless; his Porter Ranch-area house went up in flames earlier this week, destroying all of Stevie's memorabilia, photos, musical instruments, history, clothing, and furniture.
BILLY BRAGG talks about love, pop politics and Wilco with the Ithaca Journal.
THUNDERCLAP NEWMAN calls out the instigators. Because there's "Something In The Air."
LESTER BANGS, widely regarded as the greatest rock critic of all time, gives an interview from beyond the grave via Glide magazine's Hidden Track.
DAVID BYRNE talks to The A.V. Club about outgrowing anxiety, letting the message dictate the medium, and why there will probably never be a proper Talking Heads reunion.
THE DEATH of the ROCK STAR: Carrie Brownstein eulogizes.
THE BASEBALL PROJECT is running a World Series contest.
CUTOUT BIN: From the Turtles to the Dead Milkmen, from the Gang of Four to the Dells, from CCR to the Embarrassment, from the New York Dolls to XTC, to the Creation, Todd Rundgren and Of Montreal covering Nirvana, plus more -- this Friday's fortuitous finds can be jukeboxed or streamed separately via the Pate page at the ol' HM.
NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases include Max Payne, currrently scoring 17 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; the comedy Sex Drive, currently scoring 43 percent; Oliver Stone's W, scoring 54 percent; and The Secret Life of Bees, which is at 57 percent.
MADONNA, with a £75million looming, couldn't resist suggesting that hubby Guy Ritchie is "emotionally retarded" during a concert in Boston. Because she's classy, what with the faux British accent and all.
CHRISTIE BRINKLEY's ex Peter Cook apparently has a sex tape featuring his then his curvy teen office worker Diana Bianchi.
JEN ANISTON & JOHN MAYER: A number of Ansiton's closest pals -- including "Friends" co-star Courteney Cox and her husband, David Arquette -- are upset about the renewal of the tumultuous Aniston-Mayer fling. The reunited couple celebrated Mayer's 31st birthday at a cigar club.
MICHELLE WILLIAMS & SPIKE JONZE were... wait for it... caught canoodling after a screening of their new film, Synecdoche, New York in Manhattan.
DAVID DUCHOVNY & TEA LEONI separated not because of his sex addiction, but after he discovered explicit text messages on her cellphone from Billy Bob Thornton? Billy Bob's rep denies it, natch.
JENNY McCARTHY claims she cured her six-year-old son of autism. The American Academy of Pediatrics is not amused. Dr. David Gorski saw this story coming in August.
TIM BURTON talks to the L.A. Times about "Alice in Wonderland," "Dark Shadows," "The Dark Knight" and... "Sanford & Son"?
STAR TREK: The Entertainment Weekly piece on the J.J. Abrams reboot is now online.
ZACK & MIRI make a movie that is tough to advertise.
AFGHANISTAN: The international effort in Afghanistan is falling short, US Defense Secretary Robert Gates warned, stressing the need for a better integrated approach to stabilizing the country. In what is taking shape as a substantial policy shift, the US wants to use tribes to bring law and order to the vast areas of the country beyond the government's authority.
IRAQ and the US negotiators have reached a final agreement on a draft security pact that would require US forces to withdraw from Iraq by 2011. Iranian officials have attempted to bribe Iraqi members of parliament not to vote for the agreement. Grand Ayatollah al-Sistani seems to trust Iraqis and their political leaders to decide on what to agree to and rely upon.
DOGUPUNCTURE: Let's go to the video.
UNRULY SWINE undeterred by the sheriff's stun gun. The porker remains on the lam.
PUNCH-DRUNK PONY has to be rescued from a swimming-pool.
THE SQUIRREL THREAT: Militant squirrels are developing an immunity to the squirrel pox virus. Better Red than Dead for squirrels.
FROG: It's what's for pizza.
MUSKRAT LOVE: Scientists try to explain it better than the Captain and Tennille.