THE WEEKEND STARTS HERE:
...with the BEN FOLDS FIVE! Back to Front presents the band's recent reunion concert, in which the trio played the 1999 album "The Unauthorized Biography Of Rienhold Messner" in its entirety. Or you can click on individual tracks or interviews at the link. BONUS: This time of year always reminds me of "Kate." The Five looked so much younger then, but so did I. DOUBLE-BONUS: If you want to see the BFF live from that pre-Reinhold period, you should watch their Session at West 54th in August 1998.
JACK BRUCE of Cream attacks Led Zeppelin like it was the Hindenburg.
RICK ASTLEY was awarded the title of Best Act Ever at the MTV Europe Music Awards. Astley, who has described the "Rickrolling" phenomenon as "very bizarre", refused to attend the awards but thanked fans. BONUS: The literal Rickroll could have used a better singer, but the script wasn't bad.
THE KINKS are writing songs for a potential reunion album, frontman Ray Davies told BBC News, even though his estranged brother and bandmate seems to want no part of it. But could you have a Kinks reunion without Ray and Dave fighting?
MATTHEW SWEET stopped by the World Cafe for a chat and mini-set you can stream on demand via NPR.
UTOPIA: Todd Rundgren & Co. play "Couldn't I Just Tell You" live on German TV.
OF MONTREAL frontman Kevin Barnes talks to The Line Of Best Fit about Iceland, London, Barcelona, and assures the interviewer that there is no such thing as a Georgie Fruit song.
ELLIOT BROOD uncorks a mini-set of "death country" for KEXP.
BLITZEN TRAPPER talks to the Indianapolis Star about quitting their day jobs and their favorite Madonna songs.
MY BRIGHTEST DIAMOND: Shara Worden talks to the Indianapolis Star about her choice of instruments and the influence of German visual artist Anselm Kiefer (whose works, btw, are quite impressive in person).
CUTOUT BIN: From Sly & the Family Stone to Everything But the Girl, from Gram Parsons to the Sex Pistols, from T. Rex to Iron & Wine, from James Brown to the Rutles and 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 are Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, currently scoring 63 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; Role Models, which is currently scoring 73 percent; and the late Bernie Mac paired with the ubiquitous Samuel L. Jackson in Soul Men, scoring 53 percent.
MADONNA and JUSTIN and BRITNEY: Oh My? No confirmation at presstime... UPDATE: Britney and Justin appeared onstage, but not together.
DANNY BONADUCE, a/k/a Danny Partridge, will pay 16K a month to his ex-wife, Gretchen, for spousal and child support. Apparently he thought wrong. The real shocker here is that Bonaduce can afford 16K monthly, though I guess I shouldn't be shocked; he and I used to ride the same train from time to time.
SARAH SILVERMAN explains what went wrong in London (among other things) in an interview with the NYP that totally steers clear of her relationship status with Jimmy Kimmel.
CHARLIZE THERON has settled the 2007 lawsuit filed against her by the luxury Swiss watchmaker Raymond Weil for deigning to wear other timepieces on her wrist in violation of an exclusivity clause in her contract.
WATCHMEN has a new featurette online, titled "Girls Kick A$$."
THE JENNIFER ANISTON NEURON could pave the way for mind-reading technology. Like I could make that up.
CELEBRITY OBSESSION reduces people's fear of death -- and estimates of how long various living and dead celebrities would be remembered increases with how representative of American values people considered them: "It's nice to know that people value MLK and JFK over Britney. But wow, apparently Joan Baez is almost as forgettable as Paris Hilton." Well, yeah -- just ask Bob Dylan.
IRAN: Pres. Ahmadinejad has offered his congratulations to Barack Obama on his US presidential win. It is the first official message of goodwill presented to an American leader by the Islamic theocracy.
IRAQ will purchase 516 military aircraft from the US and France for its new Air Force. The US has accepted some Iraqi proposals to change a pact governing the presence of U.S. troops, but had reservations about others, necessitating further talks.
FIRST DOG BARNEY was caught biting a member of the White House press corps Thursday in Washington DC; video at the link. Someone must have heard that the Obamas are adopting a rescue puppy.
A MISCHIEVOUS MINK that "eats" cabin cruisers is being hunted at a posh marina.
A TIMID PITBULL was stolen in deKalb County, GA; it's owners fear Sophia may be sold into the dogfighting underground.
ESCAPED TIGERS were foiled by chickens in the western city of Zitacuaro, Mexico.
LEMMINGS not jumping off cliffs; scientists blame global warming.
FOX on the RUN: With a fox locked onto her arm, an Arizona jogger ran a mile to her car, where she was able to dislodge the animal, throw it into the trunk and drive to a Prescott, AZ hospital. Cue The Sweet.