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Tuesday, April 07, 2009 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


SMASHING PUMPKINS + CHRIS ISSAK + "Nowhere Man" = Pop goodness.

NEW RELEASES: Bob Mould, the Hold Steady, Richard Swift, Doves, Bat for Lashes, and more are streaming in full this week at Spinner.

ARCADE FIRE's Mirror Noir documentary is streaming via PitchforkTV.

DENT MAY & HIS MAGNIFICENT UKELELE does the four free songs thing for Daytrotter, one unreleased.  Think Jens Lekman, but even geekier.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: A new Dylan track, plus Sam Phillips, Grizzly Bear and more are featured in the latest edition of the long-running NPR series.

BUD SHANK, an alto saxophonist who was a key figure in the West Coast jazz scene of the 1950s, has died of pulmonary failure at 82. Shank also played flute and -- during a productive period of studio work -- had pivotal solos on the classic 1960s pop tunes "California Dreamin'" by the Mamas and the Papas and "Windy" by the Association.

U2 talks to the Irish Independent about the new album, Bono's original plan for Pres. Obama's inauguration, etc.

RYAN ADAMS: One of the last interviews he gave in support of 'final' Cardinals record, Cardinology, is posted at Drowned In Sound.  Now he's doing stuff like interviewing Marianne Faithfull for BlackBook.

M WARD talks to CNN about the long march of success, mixing times, sounds and genres, etc.

THE ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME induction ceremonies are surveyed at USA Today.

TOM BRADY & GISELE BUNDCHEN's armed bodyguards opened fire on paparazzi at the couple's nuptials in Costa Rica, blasting out the windows of a pho tographer's SUV, and just missing the shaken lensmen, fotogs said. Police will investigate.

LINDSAY LOHAN has denied she has been thrown out of the house she shares with girlfriend Samantha Ronson. No, wait, she's "taking a brief break" to focus on herself.  No, wait, she was dumped, like we heard all along.

JOHN TRAVOLTA & TOM CRUISE remaking Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid? Cue Vader!

BILLY CORGAN... and Tila Tequila! Vader, or LOL?

VIGGO MORTENSEN quitting the movies? Perhaps more credible than the Joaquin Phoenix saga...


WOLVERINE: News Corp. fired "Fox 411" freelance columnist Roger Friedman for "promoting piracy," including a review from watching the purloined print of Wolverine -- which is a property of... News Corp. So it's really a case of "fired for stupidity."

FARRAH FAWCETT is denying rumors that the former Charlie's Angels is near death. Some of her friends are less optimistic.

REDMOND O'NEAL, the son of actors Ryan O'Neal and Farrah Fawcett, was arrested this morning on charges of trying to smuggle drugs into a county jail, adding to his long history of drug arrests.

NORTH KOREA: Though the North's launch apparently failed in its crucial third stage, it is an improvement on its last effort, US officials note, saying it would bolster its reputation among states pursuing the technology.

PAKISTAN will devise a concrete strategy to stem worsening security, the prime minister said on Monday. Some experts think the country could collapse in 6-12 months.

HAMSTER in a WOK: Let's go to the video.

CROC vs. WILD HOG: Who you got?

TOM THUMB: The tiny puppy set to be the world's smallest dog. Awww...some pics at the link.

DOG OVERBOARD has been reunited with its owners after surviving alone on an island for four months, reports said.

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