TOM JONES did a Take-Away show for La Blogtheque, including "We Got Love," "If Ever I Should Leave You" and "Green Grass of Home."
GARY LOURIS & MARK OLSON talk to PopMatters about their new album, a possible Jayhawks reunion, the incredible "Blue," and more...
PRE-VALENTINES: Lesser-known Love Songs (not too sure 'bout that) and Songs For Heartbreakers are streaming via NPR.
ART BRUT has a new album, produced by Frank Black, coming in April or May.
EMMY THE GREAT talks to the BBC about her unconventional education, songwriting, catastrophes, etc.
BEIRUT made their network debut playing "A Sunday Smile" for Dave, which I don't think was the plan, though he pronounced it "cool."
THE DAMNWELLS will give you their album for your e-mail address.
NOAH and the WHALE: The Times of London visits the combo in-studio.
LYKKE LI tells the Mpls City Pages that she does not like comparisons to other Swedish songstresses: "But it's a thing I have to struggle with as well (because) I'm not very fond of my own voice, and I want to sound like Tom Waits, but then I sound like this really young girl, and I feel like this big, black man inside--(a) crazy lunatic, and then I look in the mirror and I look like 17! It's a struggle for everybody involved..."
DUFFY shares a "day in the life" with the Times of London.
CANADIAN SONGSTRESSES, including Liz Powell, Jenn Grant and Emma-Lee, are rounded up by the Globe & Mail.
THE SI SWIMSUIT ISSUE sports Bar Rafaeli on the cover. The photo and video-laden mini-site is online. The swimsuit issue accounts for 11 percent of Sports Illustrated's annual revenue.
RHIANNA is said to have suffered "horrific" injuries after an alleged beating by singer Chris Brown. She is cooperating with investigators building a domestic violence case against her boyfriend, and has postponed a concert in Kuala Lumpur.
JENNIFER ANISTON & JOHN MAYER: He wrote a song for her 40th birthday. Couldn't have seen that coming a mile away.
THE FRENCH HOTEL pitched Paul McCartney on a duet. Sir Paul said he'd have to check his schedule before running away as quickly as his legs would carry him.
GEORGE CLOONEY and... Benazir Bhutto's niece?
NATALIE PORTMAN & RYAN GOSLING a couple?
THE INTERNATIONAL opens Friday, but you can watch the first five minutes online.
KATE WINSLET tells Nightline she would prefer to avoid being the most nominated Oscar loser.
GREY'S ANATOMY: Katherine Heigl and T.R. Knight will soon take off their scrubs for good, according to co-star James Pickens.
OUR FRIENDS, THE SAUDIS: A 23-year-old unmarried woman was awarded one-year prison term and 100 lashes after she was raped and tried to end the pregnancy.
IRAN: The New York Times tries to suggest that Pres. Ahmadinejad is interested in dialogue with the US for reasons other than running out the clock on its nuclear program, but his comments about Iran being "the biggest victim of terrorism" and suggesting that fmr. Pres. Bush be tried and punished in some way tend to point in the other direction. Indeed, buried near the end of the story is the reminder that Ahmadinejad's comments came two days after a fmr Iranian Pres. Khatami announced that he would challenge Ahmadinejad in presidential elections in June. And even then, they repeat the line about Khatami being a pro-Western reformer, which I noted on Monday is kinda mythical. COINCIDENTALLY: Khatami was attacked by an angry stick-wielding mob shouting "Death to Khatami. We do not want American government."
AFGHANISTAN: Michael Yon looks at the year, and decades ahead.
FOXES on a TRAMPOLINE: Let's go to the video.
KOALA RESCUED from Aussie wildfires. Pic at the link.
HUNDREDS OF DOLPHINS mysteriously beached in the Philippines.
PET HOARDING: More than 100 chickens, rabbits, rodents, iguanas and tarantulas have been removed from a two-bedroom apartment in Buffalo, NY.
A LONELY COCKEREL has been nicknamed Romeo after he got lost looking for a mate and was found trying to break to into a caravan park in Somerset. Not to be unkind, but he's not an attractive fowl.