THE WEEKEND STARTS HERE:
...with ROBYN HITCHCOCK! I'll be seeing him with the Venus 3 tomorrow, so I wanted to warm up with the new "Up to Our Nex," chased with a handful of classics, including "Brenda's Iron Sledge," "Sometimes I Wish I Was a Pretty Girl," "Heaven," "Uncorrected Personality Traits," an extra-wacky take on "Madonna of the Wasps" and a recent take on "I Often Dream Of Trains" backed by fellow Soft Boy Kimberley Rew.
RA RA RIOT stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set streaming on demand via MPR.
CRYSTAL STILTS did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter; I regret having missed them last week.
THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS are posting free downloads at their website.
BOB DYLAN talks to the Huffington Post about his favorite songwriters. Click-through for prior installments in the wide-ranging interview.
EVERY MOTHER'S SON: "Come On Down to My Boat," baby.
THE BREEDERS: the Deal sisters talk to Pitchfork about their new limited edition EP, the future of the Pixies, and Joss Whedon's "Dollhouse".
ALISON MOSSHART of the Kills and The Dead Weather talks to Interview about her stage persona, collapsing onstage, her influences, etc.
DUFFY talks to Interview about bad decisions, disappointing older men, etc. Actually, this piece is old, but it was new to me.
CUTOUT BIN: From Art Brut to the Defonics, from The Jam to Judas Priest, from Violent Femmes to Van Halen, plus The Pains of Being Pure At Heart, The Kinks and covers from Wilco, Jason & the Scorchers, The Boy Least Likely To, Liz Phair, the English Beat and more -- this Friday's fortuitous finds are streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.
NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases include: the Big-in-reverse comedy 17 Again, currently scoring 67 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; the thriller State of Play, currently scoring 81 percent; and Crank: High Voltage, which was not screened for critics (even though the original Crank got a pretty good score).
LINDSAY LOHAN got a family intervention, according to OK! magazine.
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN is not "the other man" in a Jersey divorce case, according to the wife in question.
HEIDI KLUM is knocked up for the fourth time.
DREW BARRYMORE & JUSTIN LONG: Together again?
HARRY POTTER & THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE: The third and final trailer is online.
JOSH HARTNETT says his stomach scare -- which sent him to the hospital last month -- is from drinking the water in third world countries.
WOODY ALLEN is suing American Apparel for using his image (without permission) on one of their billboards, so of course they now want infor about his sex life.
PAKISTAN: The leader of the July 2007 insurrection in Islamabad has been released from custody and will preach at the very mosque where he and his followers staged their battle against the Pakistani government. China is calling on the Pakistani government to deal with militants based there and allegedly plotting attacks in China later this year.
AFGHANISTAN: Commander Mansoor - a mid-level Taliban commander from southern Helmand - is simply looking for a way out. The NYT chronicles US efforts to recruit for Afghan militias to fight the Taliban.
THE UNKNOWN KITTEH: Let's go to the video.
WOOD FROGS head for the orgy pool, because they can't eat until they've mated.
BERTIE THE HORSE discovers the power of corporate branding.
SNAKES on a PLANE: Four baby pythons escaped from a container aboard a passenger plane in Australia, leading to a search that forced the cancellation of two flights. The story prompted an even wackier SoaP opera at... National Review?