THE HIVES & CYNDI LAUPER: A Christmas Duel. Not all that family-friendly, I must say.
NEW RELEASES: The Fireman (Paul McCartney + Youth), Scott Weiland and Tom Jones are among those with albums streamin this week via Spinner. Slim pickins this week.
NEIL YOUNG: Sugar Mountain - Live At Canterbury House 1968 will be released Dec. 2, but you can stream the entire album at NPR.
THE WRENS: Download The Meadowlands for less than two bucks.
JULIANA HATFIELD is now hopeful of having turned the corner on her anorexia, but the Observer excerpts some of her blogging from the treatment cinic.
NIRVANA: Krist Novoselic tells the whole story behind the 1992 MTV Music Video Awards when his bass came crashing down on hsi head.
GLASVEGAS: I've been remiss in forgetting to alert y'all to this dramatic band from Glasgow, so "Please Come Back Home" and "Daddy's Gone" are your Twofer Tuesday.
EFFED UP do the four free songs thing for Daytrotter, albeit under their actual name.
THE ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME opens its NYC Annex.
DEERHUNTER (not to be confused with Deerhoof) gets some guff from the Seattle Weekly.
OF MONTREAL: Kevin Barnes lists a few of his favorite things for Drowned In Sound.
KANYE WEST listens to Thom Yorke and Feist in his crib.
BRITNEY SPEARS is chafing under her father's conservatorship.
HEIDI MONTAG & SPENCER PRATT eloped, for once avoiding mining their lives for publicity. No endless stories about wedding plans. And some say we have little for which to be thankful.
MADONNA: The ink isn't dry on her divorce decree, but her rumored beau, Yankee slugger Alex Rodriguez, was beginning to distance himself from her beloved Kabbalah.
JASON LEE reveals he got hitched in July.
LEONARDO DiCAPRIO hears his biological clock ticking.
BOY GEORGE's false imprisonment trial got underway with testimony from the Norwegian escort allegedly shackled to a wall and beaten by the former Culture Club singer.
IRON MAN: Jeff Bridges has posted photos from his limited edition book, Making Iron Man, on his website. DUDE!
MICHELLE WILLIAMS is still mourning the loss of Heath Ledger: "It's a strange thing to say, because I'm at heart an optimistic person, but I would say in some ways it just gets worse."
NORTH KOREA is halting cross-border train service with South Korea starting next week. Ronery.
AFGHANISTAN: A French infantryman writes about the US troops there: "Heavily built, fed at the earliest age with Gatorade, proteins and creatine - they are all heads and shoulders taller than us and their muscles remind us of Rambo. Our frames are amusingly skinny to them - we are wimps, even the strongest of us - and because of that they often mistake us for Afghans..."
IRAQ: Warblogger Michael Yon writes in the New York Post about walking in South Baghdad without his helmet and body armor, and more...
CAT CHASES HIS LEASH: Let's go to the video.
LUCKY LUNA lives up to her name, surviving more than 300 miles perched on a car's engine block for nearly a week, without food or water. Pic at the link.
HARVEY DO SURF: Everybody's heard/ about the dog. Dog, dog dog/ dog is the word.
HEY, IS THAT A HAMSTER IN YOUR PANTS? This vest might work better.
A CATFISH and a BASKETBALL: Jeff Bridges has... the rest of the story.